Samsung PL120 review

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

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Image quality from the Samsung PL120 is good , considering the price point of the camera. Colours are recorded realistically in most situations and the only time we had a problem with discolouration was when going over ISO800. At that point dark and mid range tones take on a green tone to them.

In good, even light we found that noise isn't a problem on many occasions, even at ISO400 which is generally a benchmark for losing image quality from a digital compact cameras. However in normal shooting circumstances, we found that the noise reduction system often has to work overtime even at ISO80. That's not to say that the camera always struggled, in fact it was sporadic. There didn't seem to be a routine occasion that it happened.

Pressing the down arrow on the navigation pad enables macro focusing as close as 5cm. That's quite standard for a camera at this level and price range, but the pictures that it produces are great. We got consistently sharp and well exposed pictures in all, but low light conditions.

All the pictures we took have balanced and generally accurate exposures. The camera even turned up a few surprises by exposing really well in tricky conditions such as with backlit subjects or with reflections in the frame.

Samsung pl120

We tested the digital filters in a variety of scenarios and we like the more creative ones such as sketch and half tone. We also liked the subtle blurring of the frame in the miniature mode unlike the extreme (by comparison) blurring on the WB700. A word of caution when using these modes, some of them will reduce the resolution and there's no warning that it's happening.

We really like the pictures that we got from the PL120. They're sharp, punchy and well exposed. We did find that we preferred to under expose by a third of a stop but it was only to darken blue skies a bit and you may find that this isn't your own preference.

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