This review is devoted to CL5 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Feb 23, 2009. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 9.0 MP and a 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #282 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #663 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung CL5 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung CL5. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.
Samsung CL5 has the following external dimensions 93 x 93 x 19 mm (36.61 x 23.62 x 7.48″) with the weight of 141 g.
The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung CL5, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung CL5 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 19mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung CL5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung CL5 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung CL5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Samsung CL5 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Samsung CL5 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Samsung CL5 boasts of a resolution of 9.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Samsung CL5 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Samsung CL5. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Samsung CL5 features a 9.0 MP 1/2.5" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Samsung CL5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.5" sensor featured in Samsung CL5 with other standard sensor sizes.
Samsung CL5 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Samsung CL5 are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, CL5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, CL5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung CL5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung CL5 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Samsung CL5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect CL5 to compatible devices via USB none port.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung CL5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung CL5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the CL5 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung CL5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 13. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung CL5 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung CL5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung CL5 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung CL5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 21. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung CL5 can be called a 21 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung CL5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung CL5 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung CL5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung CL5 can be called a 15 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 23, 2009|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||16 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix|
|Sensor Dimensions||5.744 x 4.308 mm|
|Sensor Area||24.74 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||9.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3456 x 2592|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||93 x 60 x 19 mm|
|Storage Type||SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal|