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Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V

Portability
99
Imaging
37
Features
20
Overall
30
Samsung PL120 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V front
Portability
96
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Key Specs

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
Sony TX200V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 129g - 96 x 58 x 16mm
  • Released January 2012
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Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Overview

In this article, we are looking at the Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V, both Ultracompact cameras by companies Samsung and Sony. There is a significant difference among the sensor resolutions of the PL120 (14MP) and TX200V (18MP) but they use the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The PL120 was revealed 13 months earlier than the TX200V making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before delving in to a complete comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the PL120 scores vs the TX200V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung PL120 over the Sony TX200V

 PL120 TX200V 

Reasons to pick Sony TX200V over the Samsung PL120

 TX200V PL120 
ReleasedJanuary 2012January 2011Fresher by 13 months
Display sizing3.3"2.7"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1230k230kCrisper display (+1000k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Samsung PL120 and Sony TX200V

 PL120 TX200V 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and proportions. The Samsung PL120 offers exterior measurements 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) while the Sony TX200V has measurements of 96mm x 58mm x 16mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6") and a weight of 129 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select during that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the PL120 compared to the TX200V.

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the PL120 and TX200V is 99 and 96 respectively.

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V top view buttons comparison

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing just by seeing technical specs. The visual here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the PL120 and TX200V.

As you have seen, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Sony TX200V to show greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop images a little more aggressively. The older PL120 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V sensor size comparison

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung PL120
Portrait photography with Sony TX200V
28
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
36
megapixel count good (18MP)
provides face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung PL120 Street photography information
Sony TX200V Street photography information
49
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
68
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus via touch
weather proof
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung PL120 as a Sports photography camera
Sony TX200V as a Sports photography camera
26
decent MP (14MP)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
49
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung PL120 Travel photography information
Sony TX200V Travel photography information
71
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
great maximum aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
71
weather proof
supports focus via touch
megapixel count good (18MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung PL120 Landscape photography details
Sony TX200V Landscape photography details
33
great maximum aperture (f)
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
47
quite wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3.3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung PL120 as a Vlogging camera
Sony TX200V as a Vlogging camera
31
great maximum aperture (f)
has microphone support
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
35
quite wide (28mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone socket
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Samsung PL120 vs Sony TX200V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung PL120 and Sony TX200V
 Samsung PL120Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V
General Information
Make Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung PL120 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2011-01-05 2012-01-30
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 18MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO - 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range () 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-4.8
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3.3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - 1,229,760 dots equiv. XtraFine TruBlack OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 2 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 3.10 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight - 129g (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") 96 x 58 x 16mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 life - 220 shots
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BN
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage - Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots - One
Price at launch $150 $500