Samsung PL120 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 5
Features 5
Size 93
Price 100

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 94 x 54 x 19 mm
  • Weight: g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Samsung PL120 Summary

This review is devoted to PL120 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2011. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #253 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #608 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung PL120 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung PL120 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.

PROs

CONs

No CONs

Complete Comparison of Samsung PL120 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung PL120. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung PL120

Samsung PL120 has the following external dimensions 94 x 94 x 19 mm (37.01 x 21.26 x 7.48″) with the weight of g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung PL120, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung PL120 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 PL120 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung PL120 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung PL120 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Samsung PL120 — 19 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Samsung PL120 — g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Samsung PL120 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 PL120 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 PL120 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung PL120 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Samsung PL120. 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 PL120 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung PL120 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 1/2.3" sensor featured in Samsung PL120 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung PL120

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung PL120 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.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung PL120 are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PL120 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung PL120, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

In addition, Samsung PL120 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PL120 to compatible devices via USB none port.

How Good is Samsung PL120 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung PL120’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung PL120’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PL120 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung PL120 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung PL120 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung PL120 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung PL120 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung PL120 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung PL120 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (94 x 54 x 19 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor

Samsung PL120 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung PL120 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung PL120 can be called a 8 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small size (94 x 54 x 19 mm)

Samsung PL120 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung PL120 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung PL120 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight ( g)
  • Small size (94 x 54 x 19 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung PL120 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung PL120 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 3. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung PL120 can be called a 3 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Samsung PL120 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model PL120
Announced Jan 05, 2011
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.46 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 0
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB none
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight g
Physical Dimensions 94 x 54 x 19 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 0

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