Expert Review of Samsung PL120 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Uniquely designed with dual LCD displays, the Samsung PL120 offers you effortless way to get perfect pictures and share them with your beloved ones. The precision cut PL120’s 26mm wide-angle lens with its 5x optical zoom empowers you to capture the widest sceneries and tallest sky scrapers the way you want, exclusively using the two LCD screens. Samsung’s Smart Filter lens and color options give you the freedom to manipulate your images and videos instantly in an innovative and intuitive way with the most famous effects such as miniaturized look and the vignetting Effects. Further, the unique Magic Frame feature allows you to craft stylish images and poster-quality visuals that would define your creativity and personality. The Samsung PL120 also has abilities to deliver 720p HD videos at 30fps and with the dual LCDs it’s a fun watching them on both sides. With its smart image enhancing technologies and face detection feature coupled with object highlighting, you can turn your precious moments into pro grade photography perfectly to share them later with your dear ones. USB port, VIDEO AV ports and mono speaker makes it easier to swap data with external devices and with the price point that it has been offered, you would love to afford this alluring camera.
Design and Build Quality
Neatly and smartly designed to avoid complexity, the Samsung PL120 camera is uncomplicated enough for the newbies to get to grips and thanks to Samsung’s team for making the interface so simple and user friendly with minimal buttons. The front side houses a 26mm wide-angle offering you 5x Optical zoom for crispy and detailed snaps while at the same time the small 1.5 inch LCD on the front allows you to take self shots perfectly. The top of this camera embraces some power, capture and front LCD start buttons whilst the back side comprises of a clear and unambiguous 2.7 wide LCD screen through which you can take over a whole-horizon field of view with the help of the 26mm Lens. The rest of sides and parts consist of microphone, speaker (mono), USB 2.0 interface and Video AV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) SCC-AV20 output. Although low, the 30MB internal memory can be coupled with external 2GB-8GB memory card and thus you can enjoy seamless capturing and recording. Amazingly and although having dual LCDs and other integrated hardware, the Samsung PL120 camera weights just 110g for 94.0 x 54.5 x 18.8mm dimensions.
Focus and Face Detection
TTL auto focus type of the PL120 adjusts your snaps automatically for the best capturing experience and while you are on with capturing, the object tracking feature predicts your objects and focus them to make them sharp, highlighting and more intensive. With its Smart Face Recognition technology, the Samsung PL120 creates luminosity with every snap by recognizing up to 20 faces in one frame, and better yet you can tag the faces with names so that searching and browsing becomes easy.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The Samsung PL120 has got precision cut 14.4MP 26mm lens with 5xOptical zoom to make you sure for getting detailed and professional looking photos. The Automatic exposure control gives better compensation for blur and the ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 (3M) ranges gives you beautiful and vivid images at low noises.
Screen and Menus
Samsung PL120 separates itself from the crowd of digital cameras by featuring dual LCDs, one at the front and other at the back. The front 1.5 inch LCD screen is ideal for those who want to capture themselves perfectly without the need for mirror. On the other hand, the back panel consists of a 2.7 inch TFT LCD sprinkling beautiful 230k colors ideal for viewing photos and video playbacks. The inbuilt software allows you to edit, browse and share your work instantly.
The unique Magic Frame feature allows you to create stylish and poster-quality visuals with one of the built-in Magic Frame templates, including Wall Art, Old Film, Ripple, Full Moon, Old Record, Magazine, Holiday, Classic TV and more. You can make your images more striking with the effects such as Palette effect, miniaturized look and the Vignetting Effect. And with the unique Perfect Portrait System, you can get gorgeous portrait shots in every stipulation and moment.
All those depicted features operates on a Rechargeable Battery which is a point of advantage compared to the cameras with use and throw AA size batteries at the same price point.
The Samsung PL120 craftily coalesce a professional-grade still camera with a compact HD video camera to offer you 720p HD quality video at 30 frames per second and while using the 5x zoom you are assured to get high quality close up scenes. The USB port at the side lets you to put those 720p videos on a HDTV via PC and pen-drive, to simultaneously enjoy them with your friends.
The CCD type 7.76mm sensor of PL120 very well analysis the incoming light and sets optimum levels of brightness, exposure and contrast and outputs dramatic and vivid images at 14.2MPs. You get beautiful and sharp images using the front flash with Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix features.
The built quality of Samsung PL120 camera is worth for appreciation and the colorful images offered are noteworthy as well. The dual LCD screens are something really innovative and let you capture more flexibly. Finally, the PL120 is offered to you with good design, compactness and ample of features at a budget friendly price package. Thus, if even it malfunctions, it would be a matter of least concern because of its reasonable price.
The battery operating time is poor that adds to the pile of disadvantages. Going above 800ISO creates noise problems in images while on the other hand; the Video doesn’t support full HD. The screens, both front and rear, does not support touch gesture. Moreover, high end camera functionalities such as wifi, GPS etc and an electronic viewfinder and HDMI port are missing. Finally, this camera is ideal for home users and naïve photography freaks but not for those professional photographers.