Expert Review of Samsung PL210 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
The Samsung PL210 is the slim and stylish looking 10x optical zoom camera that is available in the market today. Its 19.7mm thickness is easy to slide in the pocket and a lens that gives a zoom range of 27-270mm. It sports Dual Image Stabilization technology, which effectively solves the problem of capturing moving images. It delivers sharp images irrelevant of the conditions the picture is taken. This camera has a combination of professional grade still camera and compact HD video camera. It will give you 720p HD quality video at 30 frames per second and has 4x monger recording time. You can enjoy a wide and clear image on its 7.62cm (3.0) LCD. It also provides an improved contrast and color reproduction. It has an intelligent LCD brightness that detects natural illumination automatically and then adjusts the LCD brightness to give an optimal image viewing. Samsung PL210 has a unique feature called Magic Frame. It allows you to generate poster quality visuals and classy images.
It has built-in templates like Retro Film, Wall Art, Full Moon, Ripple, Holiday, Classic TV, Old Record and many more. Samsung PL210’s Smart Filter Lens and color option gives you easy special mood capturing for videos and still shots. Different effects like Tilt & Shift Lens and Vignetting Effect gives a miniaturized look and striking compositional contrast respectively. Its feature Smart Auto 2.0 (Still & Movie) will instantly analyze the key elements of your composition and then adjust automatically to take the perfect shot with the help of different movie modes and photo modes. Smart Face Recognition feature recognizes and adjust the focus and exposure automatically of up to 20 faces whose picture you have mostly clicked or whom you have designated. The internal memory for this camera is 30MB. Samsung guarantees only the use of Micro SD cards up to 4G and Micro SDHC up to 8GB. For audio interface this camera has Microphone: mono, Internal Speaker: Mono, USB 2.0 for Digital Output Connector, AV : NTSC, PAL for Video Output and 4.2V for DC power output.
Design and Build Quality
The most important appeal of this camera is its slim design and glossy finish. Samsung PL210 has an extensive zoom range with a trendy look. The camera is quite light weight owing to its majorly plastic body. Samsung has not been too fancy with the design of PL210 by giving it a standard four way, menu, mode, playback and functions button control scheme. The shutter button is located on the top and offers just the response enough to allow half-press focusing and composition. The menu on Samsung PL210 is striking but at first is little confusing. The key shooting options such as ISO, compensation, exposure, metering, drive, etc can be overlayed in the live view just by pressing the “fn” function button that is on the back of the camera. Four main tabs for shooting options appear on selecting the menu buttons; sound, display and settings. It has built-in templates like Retro Film, Wall Art, Full Moon, Ripple, Holiday, Classic TV, Old Record and many more. For audio interface this camera has Microphone: mono, Internal Speaker: Mono, USB 2.0 for Digital Output Connector, AV : NTSC, PAL for Video Output and 4.2V for DC power output.
Focus and Face Detection
Samsung PL210 has TTL auto focus with Multi AF, Center AF, Face Detection AF, Smart Face Recognition AF, Object Tracking AF and Movie AF (CAF). It has the following flash modes - Flash off, Auto, Auto & Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in Flash, Slow Sync and Red-eye fix. The range for focusing is Normal : 80 cm ~ infinity, 200 cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Macro : 5 cm ~ 80 cm(Wide), 150cm~200cm (Tele) Auto Macro : 5 cm ~ infinity (Wide), 150 cm ~ infinity (Tele). This camera has a Smart Face Recognition feature that can recognize and adjust the exposure & focus of up to 20 faces that have been clicked maximum number of times. It has built-in templates like Retro Film, Wall Art, Full Moon, Ripple, Holiday, Classic TV, Old Record and many more. Samsung PL210’s Smart Filter Lens and color option gives you easy special mood capturing for videos and still shots. Different effects like Tilt & Shift Lens and Vignetting Effect gives a miniaturized look and striking compositional contrast respectively. Its feature Smart Auto 2.0 (Still & Movie) will instantly analyze the key elements of your composition and then adjust automatically to take the perfect shot with the help of different movie modes and photo modes. Smart Face Recognition feature recognizes and adjust the focus and exposure automatically of up to 20 faces whose picture you have mostly clicked or whom you have designated. The internal memory for this camera is 30MB that can be expanded with the use of Micro SD cards up to 4G and with Micro SDHC up to 8GB.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Samsung PL210 comes embellished with 10x optical zoom lens with a minimum aperture of f/3.3-5.9. Despite the large zoom range of this camera, the lens is close to the body of the camera and telescopes out on turning on the camera. Hence, it is a large zoom range camera that can be easily fitted into your pocket. Dual Image Stabilization will solve the problem of capturing fast motion scenes by delivering clear shots irrespective of camera shakes. It delivers sharp images irrelevant of the conditions the picture is taken. The digital zoom in Still Image Mode is 1.0X ~ 5.0X (Optical & Digital: 50.0X) and Play Mode is 1.0X ~ 13.5X (depending on the image size).
Screen and Menus
The Samsung PL210 has a rare 3 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Its display is functional though not spectacular, although the menu is attractive but at the same time confusing also. Its two menus look similar yet have different set of options that can confuse novice user.
In Samsung PL210, removable lithium-ion battery is used, which can be charged via USB cable. It comes with an adapter to plug in the USB cable to a standard wall outlet. The camera uses Samsung BP85A battery that has a capacity of 850mAh and voltage of 3.7V. The battery is capable to shoot for a day and take 200 shots approximately.
Samsung PL210 has shooting capability of 720/30p with good motion rendition. This camera shoots HD videos at 1280x720/30p and also has an option to shoot in 15p. You can use optical zoom while video recording and it records clear sound too. The camera also has option to shoot with effects like exposure compensation, custom white balance and many other similar smart filter effects which are available in still shooting (vignette, miniature, etc). You can also pause during recording and playing. The user has an option to turn on or off the sound that occurs while optical zooming. The different effects while shooting are Smart Filter 2.0 : Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4, Fish Eye, Miniature, Vignetting, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, Custom RGB – Setting : OIS On/Off. While video recording, this camera post good color accuracy with the maximum recording time of 20 minutes. PL210 manages to obtain sharpness of around 350 lw/ph horizontally and vertically.
The sensor type for this camera is 7.76mm (2.33) CCD approximately with effective pixel of 14.2MP and total pixel comes at 14.5MP. The Samsung PL210 is a digital point and shoot camera with an aperture range of f/3.3 - 5.9, which can controls the amount of light falling on the image sensor.
Samsung PL210 point and shoot camera comes with 10x optical zoom with CCD image sensor o 14.2-megapixel packed in a slim and compact body. Above all, the super clear video and stills are captured in optimum sharpness and colors.
Samsung PL210 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black Description
Samsung PL210 is a basic and elegant camera with some striking features. The stylish camera is a nice pocket device and all the functions are being simply uncomplicated and easy to use. You can take brilliant macro shoots with great focusing system. The size of the this camera can be considered slim as it comes with 96.8mm x 58mm x 20.3mm and carries weight of 103gm. It has 10x zoom function along with 35mm lens that is equivalent 27 to 270mm. It makes clicking very interesting and simple as well. To ensure sharp, blur-free and vivid images the shooter comes with dual image stabilisation. Its automatic focusing system comes with TTL technology and there are many other features like Multi AF, Centre AF, Face detection, Object trailing function that makes it more fascinating. It features an intresting feature of Smart face recognition that can focus on 20 faces at a time, is really unique and new. The high definition video mode works at two frame rates of 30fps and 15fps. Shutter speed being 8-1/2000 seconds and metering system with Program AE.
The 3-inch LCD screen comes with a focus distance of 5cm with an aspect ratio of 4:3. The smart LCD technique sets the optimum brightness and light automatically in the camera. You can have maximum image size of 4320 x 3240. Some downside of camera includes a tendancy of blurring of images at the edges and user finds noise in the pictures at high ISO settings. Else, the camera clicks high quality images with good picture resolution and 10x optical zooming function. The camera is available in three color variants of silver, black and pink colors. It is overall a good value for money package and if you are planning to buy a camera within your low budget then it’s a must buy for sure!!