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Samsung PL20 Digital Camera

14.2MP 5x CCD Mar 2011
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
With the Samsung PL20 you can hold onto memories with the help of a 5x optical zoom and 14.2 megapixels. It's detail that brings memories to life. Features such as Smart Auto Mode for fast action... More
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24 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

Camera expert review website parentesis.com scored this Samsung digital camera 70 out of 100.

Average Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this camera is 77 out of 100 based on 12 owner reviews.

Easy to Use

Three Samsung PL20 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Annette Fisher she wrote on Amazon two years ago “It is so easy to use, even for me” in her review of the Samsung PL20. H. Proudfoot said on Amazon “The controls are fairly self explanatory - though it can be a bit slow” in their review. H. Proudfoot also said “For general use it is a very handy little camera”.

Good Quality Pictures

Five Samsung PL20 reviewers wrote that it was able to produce good images. Bigjon said in their review of this digital camera “My old 3MPixel camera failed and i bought this 14MPixel thinking the pics would be better - they're not”. Bigjon also mentioned “And the file sizes are enormous!)My new free phone with 5MPixel camera takes better pictures.”. H. Proudfoot said “The quality of the photos is very good” in their review of this digital camera.

Samsung Has Good Camera Reviews

On average Samsung compact camera digital cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all cameras produced by Samsung.

Good Product Quality

One Samsung PL20 reviewer reckoned that the product was good quality.

Good Size

One Samsung PL20 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was compact. H. Proudfoot mentioned on Amazon five years ago “I bought this in a hurry on holiday having left my own compact at home” in their review of the Samsung PL20 and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Good Connectivity

One Samsung PL20 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good in terms of USB connections. H. Proudfoot wrote on Amazon “The power cable has a USB end, which can be plugged into a computer or into a mains socket (with supplied adapter) for charging” in their review.

Good Support

One customer concluded that it had good technical guidance.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of a similar age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Samsung PL20 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PL20.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Samsung PL20 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Samsung PL20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PL20 also have a built-in flash.

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Very Light

The Samsung PL20 is quite light (only 0.103 kilograms) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 0.097kg and 180kg, and the average weight is 5.2kg.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung PL20 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1280, 1984 x 1488, 2592 x 1944, 2736 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880. Similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PL20 still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The smallest combined zoom of cameras of a similar spec and age to the PL20 is 3x, the biggest is 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. With a combined zoom of 62.5 times zoom factor, the Samsung PL20 has one of the bigger combined zoom amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Samsung PL20 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this camera.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Samsung PL20 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this Samsung camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Samsung PL20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Samsung camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras of this type and age the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The Samsung PL20 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The light metering mode "Spot" is also featured on this Samsung camera.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Samsung PL20 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PL20 is 99.

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Light

The lightest camera that was released around the same time as the PL20 is 20g , the heaviest is 710g, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of only 103 grams, the Samsung PL20 is quite light compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Thin

With a depth of only 20.3 millimeters, the Samsung PL20 is one of the thinner compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the depths range from 4mm to 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PL20 do not support Full HD video. The Samsung PL20 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Samsung PL20 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PL20 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most cameras of a similar age and spec to the PL20 are not 3D compatible. The Samsung PL20 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Samsung PL20 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PL20 are not waterproof. The Samsung PL20 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Samsung PL20 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.3"". Across all digital cameras of this type and age the worst optical sensor size is 1/2.5"" and the best is 2/3"".

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Quite Small Internal Memory

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PL20 that we have checked, the internal memory of the Samsung PL20 of only 6.9 megabytes is one of the smallest. The average internal memory of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 330MB, and the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Samsung PL20 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Samsung camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PL20. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Low Maximum Playback Zoom

The lowest maximum playback zoom of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PL20 is 1x and the highest is 16x. The Samsung PL20 has one of the lower maximum playback zooms (only 1 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Samsung PL20 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Samsung camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PL20. The shooting modes "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 14.48 megapixels, the Samsung PL20 has a fairly few total megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PL20. The average total megapixel count of compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PL20 is 16MP.

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Only Has Three Sharpness Levels

The number of sharpness levels found on the Samsung PL20 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently found sharpness level is Soft+, but this sharpness level is not found on this camera. The sharpness levels Normal, Soft and Vivid are also found on this Samsung camera.

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Only Has Four Playback Modes

The Samsung PL20 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PL20. The playback modes "single image", "slide show" and "thumbnails" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Samsung PL20 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Samsung camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PL20. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the Samsung PL20 has a fairly large minimum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PL20 the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.6.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung PL20

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

The Samsung PL20 has a fairly standard digital zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PL20.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Samsung PL20 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PL20.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14.2 megapixels, the Samsung PL20 has a pretty average megapixel count compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PL20.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Samsung PL20 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PL20.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Body Material
International Protection Code
Protection Feature
Splash Proof
Shock Resistant Case
Dust Resistant Case
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Focal Length Range
Filter
Focusing
Auto Focus
Smile Detection
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Wind Filter
Audio Format
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Resolution
Second Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
USB 1.1 Port
USB Connector Type
PC Connectivity
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Ecurity Algorithm
HDMI Version
Headphone Out Port
USB Connector
Camera
3D Compatible
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Calendar
Album Organization
Sharpness Level
Multi-Shot Mode
Histogram
Orientation Sensor
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Custom Colour
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mount
Multi Burst Mode
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Direct Printing
Brightness Adjustment
Altimeter
Barometer
Camera Voice Function
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Tripod Thread
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Size
Required Power
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Linux Operating System
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Included Wrist Strap
Technical Details
GPS
Display Type
Built-In Speaker
Self-Timer
View On TV
Lead-Free Soldered Product
Magnifier
Memory Function
Neck Strap
Smartphone Remote Support
Printed User Guide
Speaker
Housing Material
Back Light Compensation
Built-In Memory
Video Card Required
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Display Type
Output Interface
Charging Indicator
USB Port
LED Indicators
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth Version
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Wireless LAN Type
Network Ready
Data Network
Certificates
Electromagnetic Compatibility
Energy Star Certified
RoHS Compliance
Other Features
Colour Space Standard
Anti Motion Blur
HDMI Port
Date Imprinting
Shock Proof
Interface
Face Detection
Operating System
Night Mode
Audio Recorder
Exifprint
Video Out Port
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Dust-Resistant
USB Connectivity
USB 3.0 Port
On/off Switch
Panorama Mode
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Mass Storage Class Compliant
Minimum System Requirement
Aperture Priority Mode
Digital SLR
Contrast Auto Focus System
Comment
Auto HDR
USB 2.0 Connector
Manual Exposure
Manual Focus
Battery LED Indicator
Auto Exposure
Optical Viewfinder
Trimming
Shutter Priority AE
Electrical Viewfinder
Rotating
Cool Shot Function
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
HDMI Out
Borderless Printing
Standard Printer Language
Print Technology
Pre-Record
Conversion Function
Display Tilting
TV Out Port
Accessories
Audio Output Port
Special Features
Canon Connect Station
DiGiC 4+ Processor

Expert Reviews

(4)
16 February 2011

A slightly more capable version of the ES80 ($99.99 list), the affordable PL20 ($119.99 list) digital camera by Samsung packs a 14 megapixel optical sensor and 24.5 millimeter Samsung lens with 5x... Read more…

22 June 2011

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8 June 2011

Los que necesiten una cámara sin tantas complicaciones y con una buena resolución, prueben este modelo. Gracias a sus menús sencillos y herramientas, aquellos que no estén muy familiarizados...

18 August 2011

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Su gama de colores (gris, negro, rosa, rojo), las buenas opciones de modos de captura (Smart Shot
Smile Shot
Beauty Shot) y su practicidad en diseo
El Zoom es de apenas 5X, esto significa que por ejemplo, en caso de utilizarla en un concierto, no obtendrs fotos muy detalladas y sin movimiento de tus dolos a menos que te encuentres cerca del escen

User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 2 July 2014 by Annette Fisher
(Verified Purchase)

I love it. It is so easy to use, even for me. Many thanks.

Reviewed 11 April 2013 by Breh
(Verified Purchase)

Takes brilliant picis, very easy to understand. My only issue is:- the zoom is a bit mushy to operate- think it may be an issue with just this camera (I bought it as pre owned) Sometimes have 2... Read more…

Reviewed 26 February 2013 by BigJon "Jonny"

I've been using this camera for many months now, and I am repeatedly surprised at how bad the pictures are. My old 3MPixel camera failed and i bought this 14MPixel thinking the pics would be... Read more…

Reviewed 15 January 2013 by Lesley Taylor
(Verified Purchase)

Fab little camera, pressie for my 8yr old in an attempt to get her away from my camera, really easy for her (and me!) to use, excellant picture quality.

Reviewed 28 August 2011 by H. Proudfoot "mrs_bananaman"

I bought this in a hurry on holiday having left my own compact at home...

The quality of the photos is very good, and the controls are fairly self explanatory - though it can be a bit... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ECPL20R, pl20zzbps, pl20zzbpr, ecpl20zzbpbe1, ecpl20zzbpse1, samsung ecpl20r, samsung pl20pink
Barcodes 00033172022525, 00044701015437, 00044701015468, 00778889970324, 08806071180403, 08806071191744, 08806071205281, 08806071213453, 08806071270234, 08806071283814, 08806071309798, 08806071315096, 08806071317892, 08806071329963, 08806071381770, 08806071381794, 08806071390512, 08806071390529, 08806071390536, 08806071413839
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