Samsung PL150 review

Can the dual-screen compact also deliver quality photographs?

TODO alt text


  • Decent LCD screen
  • Front facing screen
  • Good picture options


  • Image quality issues
  • Some usability problems

On first impressions, the Samsung PL150 isn't the sleekest compact on the market. That's not to say it's not pocketable, but it's certainly not going to win any beauty competitions. On the plus side, its bulky exterior also houses a reasonably large 5x optical zoom and second LCD on the front of the camera.

One niggly annoyance is confusion between the power button and the front LCD button. Placed next to each and being similarly sized, I lost count of the number of times I frustratingly pressed the LCD button and the camera did nothing, but given time this could be something you get used to. There's a good array of buttons on the rear, and the scroll wheel is aesthetically pleasing and is also quick to use.

The LCD screen is pretty large, and does a good job in bright sunlight and is fairly easy to compose with. The front LCD isn't fantastic, but given that's only really on board to act as a compositional aid, it does the job perfectly well.

The menu system is fairly cumbersome to use, and if you're in a hurry you might get frustrated. Luckily, there's a Fn menu with all the quickest menu changes (such as ISO, scene mode etc). There's a number of different scene modes you can choose from, including all the usual settings of portrait, landscape and so on. There are also some creative filters, albeit hidden slightly in the menu under the 'Auto' setting, rather than the 'Scene' setting where you might naturally expect to find them.

It seems a bizarre choice to use micro-SD cards for this camera, given the ubiquity of its full-size brother. Anybody with a stash of SD cards from previous cameras should beware, you'll need a new set to accompany this camera.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPL
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
ColourBlack, Blue
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)136.6 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59 mm
Width99.2 mm
Depth19.9 mm
Product SeriesPL
Focal Length4.90 mm to 24.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelPL150
Product NamePL150 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Exposure Compensation:

  • ±2EV (1/3EV steps)

Exposure Metering:

  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Centre Weighted
  • Face Detection AE

Exposure Control:

  • Program AE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberECPL150ZBPUGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Whether you're taking a self-portrait in your living room or posing with friends on vacation, the new PL150 gets it right every time. Its dynamic Dual Display feature lets you see the shot on the 3.0" 230k TFT LCD and 1.5" Front LCD before taking it, so you can smile for the camera and be the photographer at the same time. The PL150 can even automatically frame and take the shot for you, apturing the moment perfectly. And say goodbye to tripods; its Tilt-back body was also designed with taking the ultimate self-portrait in mind. Factor in its Smart Auto 2.0 feature that uses scene recognition to make sure you get the photo you're imagining, and you have a surefire memory maker in your hands.

Package Contents
  • PL150 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year