Samsung CL80

Samsung CL80 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 160g - 104 x 58 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Also Known as ST5500
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung CL80 summary

Samsung CL80 is Samsung's Ultracompact camera initially announced on January of 2010. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4334 x 3256. The camera is also known as "ST5500" in certain markets.

The CL80 is ranked #54 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #985 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a graph of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung CL80 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung CL80 based on aspects that are generally regarded as crucial in a camera.

built-in touchscreen
comes with focus by touch
does have HDMI support
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
good minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (31-217mm 7.0 x zoom)
very good size screen (3.7")
display is not selfie friendly
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
heavier than competition (160g)
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW format
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
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Samsung CL80 Sensor features

The sensor specification in the Samsung CL80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4334 x 3256 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 - 4800. The ISO can be extended digitally to a maximum of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the CL80's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The CL80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung CL80 dimensions

Samsung CL80 weighs around 0.35 pounds (160 grams / 5.64 oz) & has external proportions of 104mm x 58mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Samsung CL80 is more heavy than its rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Samsung CL80 next to a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Samsung CL80 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button arrangement on the CL80.

Samsung CL80 topview buttons dials

Samsung CL80 Lens features

The CL80 provides an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 31-217mm making it a 7.0 x zoom which won't be exceptional however it may be convenient in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 31mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.3 making it pretty sluggish and not great for low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to up your ISO which results in noisy pictures. With the long end, 217mm comes with f5.5 making it really sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung CL80 Connectivity

The CL80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy photos and usually change settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Samsung CL80 Video features

The highest possible video quality in the Samsung CL80 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You really should shoot for at least FUll HD quality for video. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have zero control over the sound. It is probably best to look into an alternative camera if you require better sound for your video clips.

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Samsung CL80 Weather Sealing

Samsung CL80 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions may affect the camera.

Samsung CL80 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung CL80 has a 3.7 inch fixed display with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you are able to shift focus point and adjust settings with your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specs for Samsung CL80 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Samsung CL80 Shutter features

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Samsung CL80 Flash and Hot shoe features

Samsung CL80 features just integrated flash without external flash support.

Samsung CL80 Autofocus features

Samsung CL80 features only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & exact than Contrast Based autofocusing.

Samsung CL80 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to shift where you focus. Samsung CL80 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing is good during low light occasions or you require more exact depth of field control.

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Samsung CL80 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the best (320) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Below is a collection of Ultracompact cameras that have the best battery life:

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Samsung CL80 for specific kinds of photography

The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Samsung CL80 for specific kinds of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.

Samsung CL80 Portrait photography highlights

The Samsung CL80 has a score of 28 which is bad, meaning that it is simply not appropriate for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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MP count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Street photography with Samsung CL80

With a decent points total of 60, the Samsung CL80 is relatively suitable for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus via touch
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than others in class (160 grams)

Sports photography with Samsung CL80

A bad sports photography score of 38 suggests the Samsung CL80 is simply not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Samsung CL80 Travel photography details

Size is super critical in buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Samsung CL80 gets a decent 60 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly suited to buy for your trips.

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offers focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (160g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Samsung CL80 Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung CL80 with it's bad rating of 37 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate within the current market.

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bigger than average screen (3.7 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording

Samsung CL80 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera should really have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Samsung CL80 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a bad score of 27.

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built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone port
more heavy than others in class (160 grams)

Samsung CL80 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the CL80, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Ultracompact.

The graph listed below gives you a summary of the CL80 compared to it's top scored competitors mentioned earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may check out as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung CL80
Also called
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4334 x 3256
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
31-217mm (7.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
160 gr (0.35 lbs)
104 x 58 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Price at release