Samsung PL80 Description
PL80, a digital camera by Samsung looks quite promising. It features 12.2MP CCD sensor along with 2.7inches wide LCD and optical zoom up to 5x, that too with image stabilizer. The body design has been mastered by metallic finish with easier controls to comprehend. The Function button makes a shortcut to a long list of features. The lens is a 28mm wide angle that you can take up to 141mm of zooming at telephoto end. The lens may feel munificent but other than this, point and shoot has a lot to offer. The dual image stabilization, digital for video and optical for stills, as well as the multi-point AF system with face detection, and automatic scene selection along with in camera skin-smoothing effect for portraits make Samsung PL80, a digicam of its kind. The 2.7inches LCD sits at the rear and the automatic brightness feature manages screen illumination against the incident light. The color reproduction is amazing and the viewing angles may not be so munificent. The pixel resolution is only 230,000 and at times, the screen may black out with slight forward tilt as well. So, above the head shots can be ruled out. Though the option of increasing the brightness manually is available it makes the device susceptible to reducing the battery life that runs on 740mAh. Samsung has somehow managed to make up for it.
The firm has provided you with an USB charger cable and adapter wherein, with the main adapter, you can charge your camera quite faster but with USB connection, you can refill the charge while uploading your images to PC. The AF is noticeably slow, thus rendering the target acquisition difficult. Yet again, there comes compensation in the form of ‘in camera processing.’ The lens produces significantly low levels of chromatic deviation and less than average barrel distortion. The maximum aperture across the zoom range starts at f/3.4 and ends at f/5.9. The images at lower end are blurry at edges and corners. But the snaps at even low ISO are reasonably detailed. Above ISO200, the color accuracy as well detail declined yet the noise levels to ISO800 are very low. The experience of video capturing is limited to 640 x 480 aspect pixels. Yet above all, Samsung PL80 is a camera well suited for beginners for learning to use it is simple. The basic functions of capturing video and stills are more fun with the effects provided. The camera is off sale in India as of now.