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Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500

Portability
99
Imaging
37
Features
20
Overall
30
Samsung PL120 front
 
Samsung ST6500 front
Portability
99
Imaging
39
Features
29
Overall
35

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Key Specs

Samsung PL120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Released January 2011
Samsung ST6500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 102 x 57 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Samsung PL120 and Samsung ST6500, both Ultracompact cameras and they are both sold by Samsung. The sensor resolution of the PL120 (14MP) and the ST6500 (16MP) is very close and both cameras have the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The PL120 was launched at a similar time to the ST6500 so they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a simple summary of how the PL120 scores versus the ST6500 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung PL120 over the Samsung ST6500

 PL120 ST6500 

Reasons to pick Samsung ST6500 over the Samsung PL120

 ST6500 PL120 
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Samsung PL120 and Samsung ST6500

 PL120 ST6500 
RevealedJanuary 2011January 2011Same generation
Manual focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and size. The Samsung PL120 enjoys outside dimensions of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") along with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) while the Samsung ST6500 has specifications of 102mm x 57mm x 19mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the PL120 compared to the ST6500.

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the PL120 and ST6500 is 99 and 99 respectively.

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 top view buttons comparison

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to visualize the difference in sensor sizes simply by researching a spec sheet. The pic underneath will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the PL120 and ST6500.

As you can see, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You should expect to see the Samsung ST6500 to result in more detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos more aggressively.

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 sensor size comparison

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung PL120 Portrait photography advice
Samsung ST6500 Portrait photography advice
28
MP count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
30
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung PL120 Street photography factors
Samsung ST6500 Street photography factors
49
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
50
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung PL120
Sports photography with Samsung ST6500
26
MP count good (14 megapixels)
can't change focal length (()mm)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
29
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung PL120
Travel photography with Samsung ST6500
71
MP count good (14MP)
built-in flash
great max aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
74
decent megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
good max aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung PL120
Landscape photography with Samsung ST6500
33
great max aperture (f)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (()mm)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
43
really wide (26mm)
good max aperture (f)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung PL120 Vlogging factors
Samsung ST6500 Vlogging factors
31
great max aperture (f)
includes external microphone support
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
32
really wide (26mm)
good max aperture (f)
touchscreen capability
does not feature selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic jack
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Samsung PL120 vs Samsung ST6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung PL120 and Samsung ST6500
 Samsung PL120Samsung ST6500
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Samsung
Model type Samsung PL120 Samsung ST6500
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2011-01-05 2011-01-19
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO - 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range () 26-130mm (5.0x)
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none none
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Physical dimensions 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") 102 x 57 x 19mm (4.0" x 2.2" 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
Time lapse feature
Storage slots - One
Launch cost $150 -