Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26
Canon PowerShot A3000 IS front
 
Samsung PL120 front
Portability
99
Imaging
39
Features
20
Overall
31

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Key Specs

Canon A3000 IS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 165g - 97 x 58 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2010
Samsung PL120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 0 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Ultracompact by brands Canon and Samsung. There exists a sizable gap between the image resolutions of the A3000 IS (10MP) and PL120 (14MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A3000 IS was manufactured 12 months before the PL120 so they are both of a similar age. Both cameras offer different body type with the Canon A3000 IS being a Compact camera and the Samsung PL120 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple summary of how the A3000 IS scores versus the PL120 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3000 IS over the Samsung PL120

 A3000 IS PL120 

Reasons to pick Samsung PL120 over the Canon A3000 IS

 PL120 A3000 IS 
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Common features in the Canon A3000 IS and Samsung PL120

 A3000 IS PL120 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display size
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor its weight and volume. The Canon A3000 IS comes with outside dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) while the Samsung PL120 has sizing of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the A3000 IS compared to the PL120.

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A3000 IS and PL120 is 94 and 99 respectively.

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 top view buttons comparison

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizing only by reviewing specs. The photograph below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the A3000 IS and PL120.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Samsung PL120 to offer you greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics far more aggressively. The older A3000 IS is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 sensor size comparison

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A3000 IS
Portrait photography with Samsung PL120
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
30
decent MP (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon A3000 IS Street photography highlights
Samsung PL120 Street photography highlights
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
50
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3000 IS Sports photography advice
Samsung PL120 Sports photography advice
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
27
decent MP (14MP)
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A3000 IS
Travel photography with Samsung PL120
51
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
71
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
great max aperture (f)
missing Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A3000 IS
Landscape photography with Samsung PL120
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
low resolution (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
34
great max aperture (f)
decent MP (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
screen is small (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3000 IS Vlogging factors
Samsung PL120 Vlogging factors
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
31
great max aperture (f)
comes with microphone support
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Canon A3000 IS vs Samsung PL120 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3000 IS and Samsung PL120
 Canon PowerShot A3000 ISSamsung PL120
General Information
Brand Name Canon Samsung
Model type Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Samsung PL120
Type Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Launched 2010-01-05 2011-01-05
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 -
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 -
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) ()
Largest aperture f/2.7-5.6 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync -
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 165g (0.36 lbs) -
Dimensions 97 x 58 x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID NB-8L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face) -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus -
Card slots Single -
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