Samsung PL120 review

You can take easy self-portraits with the front screen, but is that all a camera needs?

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  • Good overall build quality
  • Nice colour rendition
  • Sharp pictures
  • Nice package for the price


  • Flimsy battery and USB port cover
  • Cluttered back will be difficult for large hands
  • Occasional random noise at low ISO

Next to the 5x optical zoom lens on the PL120 is what looks like a blank space, but it is actually a 1.5 inch LCD screen that shows the live view image - perfect for self portraits.

But that's not all, the PL120 can also play short, colourful animations for entertaining children. The idea is that if you have trouble getting children to smile in your photographs, then this will help.

Activating the front LCD is done by pressing the rectangular button on the top of the camera. Switching between the live view and the children's animation is done using the front LCD button.

Due to the diminutive size of the PL120, there's not a lot of space on the back of the camera. So much so that there's no area dedicated for resting your thumb when you're not using it. The zoom rocker takes up the top third of the area next to the screen with the other buttons and navigation pad taking up the rest of the space.

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There are three buttons on the back of the camera that to access some variation of a menu. Meanwhile, the mode button allows you to put the camera into either program, auto, scenes or video mode. The function button brings up a quick access menu on the left side of the screen which lets you make changes to the most frequently used options such as resolution, ISO and white-balance.

The main menu brings up the aforementioned function menu and allows more in-depth changes to the core settings of the camera.

Currently priced at around £100, the PL120 is an ideal option for younger families on a budget that need a decent digital compact camera to take out on days with the kids or on holidays. Social networkers may also enjoy the self portrait mode.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPL
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSDHC Card, microSD Card
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Blink Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)102.5 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height54.5 mm
Width94 mm
Depth18.8 mm
Product SeriesPL
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelPL120
Product NamePL120 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-PL120ZBPSGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung PL120 and its LCD Dual Display is the perfect digital camera for a capturing life on the go. The extra 1.5" LCD on the front of the camera is ideally positioned for taking self portraits or even group shots, and will come in handy when having fun with friends. And with a precision cut 26mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom, you precious memories will stand out with true-to-life colour and clarity. The PL120 also features a HD video camera for those special moments, and comes with editing capabilities with Magic Lens and Smart Filter. So, all that's left to do is to start living life.

Package Contents
  • PL120 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Strap
Limited Warranty1 Year