Samsung PL120

Samsung PL120 front
  • 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
  • Introduced January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung PL120 overview

Samsung PL120 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on January of 2011. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The PL120 stands at #96 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #1106 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung PL120 history

The Samsung PL120 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range underneath.

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Samsung PL120 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Samsung PL120 based on criterias which are usually viewed as important in a digital camera.

great max aperture (f)
great min ISO (0)
has built in flash
includes external microphone support
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
can't use external flash
focal length is fixed (()mm)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW support
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
manual mode not possible
no aperture priority mode
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no shutter priority
no Timelapse mode
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Samsung PL120 Sensor specifications

The sensor spec on the Samsung PL120 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels .

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 0 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath illustrates the PL120's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The PL120 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung PL120 dimensions

Samsung PL120 has a weight of 0.00 lb ( gr or 0.00 ounces) and features external measurements of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Samsung PL120 is lighter when compared with other competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Samsung PL120 besides a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.

Samsung PL120 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the PL120.

Samsung PL120 topview buttons dials

Samsung PL120 Lens specifications

The PL120 has a built-in lens providing a constant focal length of ()mm which means you do not have the option to zoom.

At the widest ()mm, it provides an aperture of f and that's great in low light situations and capturing good bokeh. It would also let you go with a much lower ISO to capture clearer shots.

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Samsung PL120 Connectivity

The PL120 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer files and usually change settings without connecting directly to the camera.

    Several applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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    Samsung PL120 Video specifications

    The maximum video resolution on the Samsung PL120 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. Although the camera comes with a microphone socket, it is lacking a headphone socket which means you won't have the option to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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    Samsung PL120 Weather Sealing

    There is no weather proofing on the Samsung PL120 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

    Samsung PL120 Screen and Viewfinder

    The Samsung PL120 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

    Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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    The View Finder details regarding Samsung PL120 are below:

    • ViewFinder None

    Viewfinders can be quite helpful during sunny outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

    Samsung PL120 Shutter specifications

    The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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    Samsung PL120 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

    Samsung PL120 has got only in-built flash with missing external flash ability.

    Samsung PL120 Autofocusing specifications

    Samsung PL120 doesn't have Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

    Samsung PL120 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be useful during low light situations or you want to have more accurate focusing control.

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    Samsung PL120 Battery life

    The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life within this class of cameras.

    Following is a number of Ultracompact cameras having the strongest battery life:

    ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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    Samsung PL120 for varying styles of photography

    The following chart gives a overview of the Samsung PL120 for varying styles of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

    Samsung PL120 Portrait photography info

    The Samsung PL120 gets a points total of 28 which is bad, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the flexibility to use external flash.

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    good MP (14 megapixels)
    focusing manually not possible
    manual mode not available
    can't use external flash
    sensor is very small (1/2.3")
    has no RAW format

    Samsung PL120 as a Street photography camera

    With a moderate rating of 49, the Samsung PL120 is fairly adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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    no moving screen
    does not have image stabilization
    sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
    has no RAW files

    Samsung PL120 as a Sports photography camera

    A bad sports photography rating of 26 indicates the Samsung PL120 is not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera really should have very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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    decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
    fixed focal length (()mm)
    lack of shutter priority mode
    lack of image stabilization
    small sensor size (1/2.3")
    no phase detect autofocus

    Samsung PL120 Travel photography highlights

    Weight is extremely crucial when getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung PL120 gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit to take on your trips.

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    good MP (14MP)
    has built in flash
    very good max aperture (f)
    does not have Time Lapse mode
    display isn't selfie friendly

    Samsung PL120 Landscape photography details

    In case you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung PL120 and it's bad score of 33 as a landscape camera is not acceptable compared to it's rivals.

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    fast maximum aperture (f)
    decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
    focusing manually not possible
    cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
    can't change focal length (()mm)
    small screen (2.7 inch)
    manual exposure not available
    lack of image stabilization
    very small sensor (1/2.3")
    doesn't have RAW support
    lack of Timelapse function

    Vlogging with Samsung PL120

    A vlogging camera really should have a articulating screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Samsung PL120 is not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a bad score of 31.

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    very good max aperture (f)
    includes external mic port
    display is not selfie friendly
    does not have image stabilization
    video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)

    Samsung PL120 Alternatives

    If you need alternatives to the PL120, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Ultracompact.

    The chart underneath shows you a summary of the PL120 vs it's highest ranking competitors suggested earlier.

    There are more cameras you may see as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Brand Name
    Samsung PL120
    Physical type
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    6.16 x 4.62mm
    Sensor area
    Sensor resolution
    14 megapixel
    Anti aliasing filter
    Highest resolution
    4608 x 3456
    RAW format
    Highest native ISO
    Lowest native ISO
    Manual focus
    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 focus points
    Lens mount
    fixed lens
    Lens focal range
    Focal length multiplier
    Screen type
    Fixed Type
    Screen diagonal
    2.7 inches
    Screen resolution
    230k dots
    Selfie friendly
    Touch operation
    Viewfinder Information
    DXO scores
    DXO All around score
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth score
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range score
    not tested
    DXO Low light score
    not tested
    Slowest shutter speed
    8 secs
    Maximum shutter speed
    1/2000 secs
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manual mode
    Set WB
    Image stabilization
    Inbuilt flash
    External flash
    AE bracketing
    WB bracketing
    AF area
    Center weighted
    Video features
    Video resolutions
    1280 x 720
    Highest video resolution
    Microphone support
    Headphone support
    Environmental sealing
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    Physical dimensions
    94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
    Time lapse feature
    Card slots
    Launch cost