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Samsung PL80 Digital Camera

12.4MP 5x CCD Nov 2010
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
The style and functionality that comes with the Samsung PL80 will surpass any expectations you had in a compact digital camera. The slim casing packs in amazing features including 5x optical zoom... More
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19 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Some Samsung PL80 reviewers who purchased the Samsung PL80 mentioned that it was easy to use. Three years ago Beanie wrote in their review of this digital camera “Brilliant little camera so easy to use” and rated the Samsung PL80 5 stars. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com scored this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned six years ago “The Samsung PL80 is easy to use and the lack of features to get lost in means it will suit those who literally just want to point” in their review.

One Samsung PL80 reviewer who bought it concluded that it performed as expected. Granny Smith wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Great camera and does what it says on the box” and scored it 5 stars.

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Good Technical Features

A few Samsung PL80 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Granny Smith mentioned on Amazon “Light, easy to use and great focus features”. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert website CNET.co.uk “The Samsung PL80 is pleasant to use, with some smart and useful features” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com scored the product 4 stars and mentioned “It offers a range of simple to use features in a package that is designed to deliver results with minimal fuss” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Size

A few Samsung PL80 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review “Samsung has long wanted a slice of the lucrative digital compact camera market.”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com mentioned six years ago “The Samsung PL80 compact camera is an entry-level point” in their review and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100.

Samsung Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 5,594 expert and user reviews for Samsung cameras and found that on average Samsung has good reviews. We also found that Samsung has good reviews specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range.

Good Quality Lens

One person thought this digital camera had a good autofocus.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Samsung PL80 had a good screen. Expert review site Gadgetspeak.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned six years ago “Having recently looked at a dual TFT screen from Samsung this modern looking (mine was bright red) digital camera looks near normal.” in their Samsung PL80 review.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who reviewed it said that it was good value for money. Pocket-Lint.com rated it 4 stars and mentioned on Pocket Lint “Shoot model pitched in at an affordable price”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this type and age. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40, and the Nikon Coolpix S570 is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an sd|sdhc memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Fujifilm FinePix X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony DSC-WX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot N100 (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Samsung PL80 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PL80 also support video recording.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support video recording currently available that you might want to consider including the PowerShot SX260 HS, or the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Samsung PL80 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PL80 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo, and the GE C1233 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Samsung PL80 has a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Olympus VR-350, or the GE C1433.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4,096 megabytes, the Samsung PL80 has one of the bigger internal memory amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and type the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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3984 X 2656 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung PL80 has a 3984 x 2656 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 1024 x 768, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944 and 3264 x 2448 and 3968 x 2232. The worst still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PL80 is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The Samsung PL80 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats JPEG, DPOF 1.1 and EXIF 2.21 are also supported by this Samsung camera.

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Features One Auto Focus

The Samsung PL80 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Single Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The Samsung PL80 has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Samsung camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on cameras that are a similar age to the PL80. The light metering mode "spot" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Light

The Samsung PL80 is one of the lighter cameras of this spec and age (only 110 grams) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The lightest camera of this age and type is 20g , the heaviest is 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

Other 110g digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Samsung ST96.

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Very Thin

The average depth of cameras of a similar type and age to the PL80 is 38mm, and the depths range from 4mm to 2,200mm. The Samsung PL80 is one of the thinner cameras that were released around the same time as the PL80 (only 20.2 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Based on seven expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint this camera has an average expert rating of 66%.

Poor Product Quality

One person who purchased the Samsung PL80 concluded that it was not good quality. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Samsung's PL80 looks far more expensive than it is, although there are a few image quality problems to face” yet they gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Samsung PL80 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Samsung PL80 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the PL80 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might want to look at including the Canon IXUS 240 HS, the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the Nikon Coolpix S5200 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PL80 are not 3D compatible. The Samsung PL80 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30, or the Olympus VR-360 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the PL80, the Samsung PL80 does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PL80, the Samsung PL80 is not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The Samsung PL80 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" digital camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PL80 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/2.5"" to 2/3"".

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Samsung PL80 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Samsung digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that came out more than two years ago. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Samsung PL80 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution. Across all cameras of this age and spec the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PL80 have display resolutions of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Samsung PL80 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Has Four Playback Modes

The Samsung PL80 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on cameras that were released around the same time as the PL80. The playback modes "single image", "slide show" and "thumbnails" are also found on this Samsung camera.

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Only Has Six White Balance Modes

The Samsung PL80 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Samsung camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "custom modes", "daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Samsung digital camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung PL80

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Samsung PL80 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PL80.

Other 5x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Samsung ST96.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the A1455 (5.7x), or the J1455 (5.7x) both from GE which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Samsung PL80 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the PL80.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot A810 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Coolpix S5200 (6x), or the Coolpix S5200 (6x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-W810 (6x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Samsung PL80 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Other 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Ixus 130, or the PowerShot ELPH 220 HS both from Canon or the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the FinePix X100S (2.8"), or the FinePix X100 (2.8") both from Fujifilm which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Samsung PL80 has a pretty average megapixel count (12.4 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Pentax MX-1 (12.76MP), the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video (14MP), or the Fujifilm FinePix JV500 (14MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Album Organization
Image Editing Mode
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Required Power
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Compatible
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Effective Sensor Resolution
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Minimum System Requirement
Power Supply
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(8)

Samsung's PL80 looks far more expensive than it is, although there are a few image quality problems to face. For the full review head here for the Budget Cameras Grouptest...

26 May 2010

Having recently looked at a dual TFT screen from Samsung this modern looking (mine was bright red) digital camera looks near normal. But not that long ago a 28mm wide angle lens and 5x optical... Read more…

Expert Reviews

1 May 2010

Samsung has long wanted a slice of the lucrative digital compact camera market, but past offerings have often failed to excite. While shunning some of the quirky designs and dubious build of... Read more…

30 April 2010

The Samsung PL80 is pleasant to use, with some smart and useful features. In the long run, however, you may wish you'd spent slightly more cash on a better camera. The PL80 may give you a good set...

22 April 2010

As I've noted before, as the world's largest industrial corporation Samsung has a big advantage in the digital camera industry. Most manufacturers will buy components such as LCD monitors,... Read more…

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User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 30 January 2013 by Beanie
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant little camera so easy to use. The prints are very clear and the camera is ideal for my usage.

Reviewed 30 September 2010 by Granny Smith
(Verified Purchase)

Great camera and does what it says on the box. Light, easy to use and great focus features.

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers samsung 122, samsung 122m, samsung 122mp, samsung ecpl80, samsung ecpl80z, samsung ecpl80zz, samsung ecpl80zzb, samsung ecpl80zzbp, samsung ecpl80zzbpr, samsung ecpl80zzbprg, samsung ecpl80zzbprgb
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