Samsung PL150 review

Can the dual-screen compact also deliver quality photographs?

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You can choose between miniature, fish-eye or vignetting. There's further style settings under a separate menu, including 'Sketch' style, 'Negative', 'Retro' and so on. Unfortunately, we've seen better examples on other cameras, particularly the Canon IXUS 130, but never-the-less it's nice to see them on-board for creative photographers.

In Program mode there's a few basic setting changes that can be made, including AF, metering mode, ISO and white balance. Given that this is basically a cheap point-and-shoot, it's great to see options like this, allowing users to begin to learn a bit more about photography.

Overall images are clear and sharp, with excellent colour rendition. There's a slight problem with noise creeping in, even in bright conditions with low ISO, so it's clear that this camera is not best suited to low-light shooting.

Unfortunately, at full optical zoom, the lens doesn't perform particularly well, resulting in less than crisp images (see our test shot). On the plus side, image stabilisation works well to combat hand shake, and the camera does a good job of guessing which scene it was presented with.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ManufacturerSamsung
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 Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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