Samsung PL120 review

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

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It's important to keep it in perspective that the PL120 is a cheap and cheerful camera because pictures from it are great. They're colourful with balanced exposure and a decent dynamic range. The previously mentioned issue with noise (or the effects of noise reduction) being apparent at low ISO in bright light could pose as a problem, but we found that it was only really noticeable when the picture was magnified to 100%.

We liked

Good colours and sharp edges mean great pictures for the holidaying family while the cheap price means it's easily replaced if it gets broken. The front screen helps to get the kids smiling and is useful with self portraits.

We disliked

We saw some noise at really very ISO settings, but couldn't pin point a pattern when it happened. Some parts of the build are a bit flimsy and the back could be worked better.


For £100, this is a camera that you'll get a lot of use out of, from holidays to updating your profile picture on Facebook. The tiny size means that it'll simply fit into a pocket when it's not being used and the price means if it does get broken, it doesn't cost the earth to replace.

The Samsung PL120 is a camera that can be used by all the family from novice younger users, networking teenagers and proud parents to technophobic grandparents alike. The only problem we can foresee is with people who have larger hands. They probably won't get on with the tiny format or cluttered back. There are a lot of pros to outweigh the cons though.

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