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Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200

Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 front
 
Samsung PL200 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
22
Overall
31

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Key Specs

Panasonic TS1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 189g - 98 x 63 x 23mm
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT1
  • Updated by Panasonic TS2
Samsung PL200
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 60 x 21mm
  • Announced July 2010
Photography Glossary

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Overview

Below is a detailed comparison of the Panasonic TS1 versus Samsung PL200, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the TS1 (12MP) and the PL200 (14MP) is very well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The TS1 was announced 18 months prior to the PL200 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief overview of how the TS1 grades vs the PL200 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS1 over the Samsung PL200

 TS1 PL200 

Reasons to pick Samsung PL200 over the Panasonic TS1

 PL200 TS1 
AnnouncedJuly 2010January 2009More recent by 18 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Panasonic TS1 and Samsung PL200

 TS1 PL200 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to factor in its weight and size. The Panasonic TS1 has physical measurements of 98mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") and a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs) while the Samsung PL200 has specifications of 100mm x 60mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8") having a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic TS1 versus Samsung PL200 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are working with at the time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the TS1 against the PL200.

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the TS1 and PL200 is 93 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by looking at specifications. The visual here should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the TS1 and PL200.

To sum up, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You can expect to see the Samsung PL200 to give extra detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos far more aggressively. The older TS1 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Portrait photography information
Samsung PL200 Portrait photography information
21
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
28
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Street photography advice
Samsung PL200 Street photography advice
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic TS1
Sports photography with Samsung PL200
30
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic TS1
Travel photography with Samsung PL200
61
weather sealing
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
58
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Landscape photography advice
Samsung PL200 Landscape photography advice
35
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
37
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS1 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung PL200 as a Vlogging camera
28
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have mic port
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Panasonic TS1 vs Samsung PL200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS1 and Samsung PL200
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1Samsung PL200
General Information
Make Panasonic Samsung
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Samsung PL200
Other name Lumix DMC-FT1 -
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-27 2010-07-21
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-128mm (4.6x) 31-217mm (7.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.5
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1300 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 4.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format AVCHD Lite H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 189 grams (0.42 lbs) 170 grams (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 63 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") 100 x 60 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model - BP70A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC'/MMC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $380 $0