Samsung PL170 summary
Samsung PL170 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera originally released on January of 2011. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The PL170 ranks at #90 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over all #1072 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom factors.
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Samsung PL170 history
The Samsung PL170 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed list below.
Samsung PL170 Gallery
You can look at the PL170 from different angles in the gallery below.
Samsung PL170 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of pros and cons of the Samsung PL170 based on factors that are normally regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Samsung PL170 Sensor features
The dimension of the sensor on the Samsung PL170 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels .World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 0 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.
The graphic below shows the PL170's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The PL170 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Samsung PL170 dimensions
Samsung PL170 has a weight of 0.00 lb ( grams / 0.00 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 95mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Samsung PL170 is less heavy as compared to other rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Below is a pic of the Samsung PL170 next to a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view below will show you the button layout on the PL170.
Samsung PL170 Lens features
The PL170 offers a built-in lens offering a constant focal length of ()mm meaning that you don't have the option to zoom.
At it's widest ()mm, it will have an aperture of f and that's incredibly good in low light events and getting good bokeh. It would also make it easier to go with a much lower ISO to get cleaner shots.
Samsung PL170 Connectivity
The PL170 has the following connectivity:
Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer files and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Many apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Samsung PL170 Video features
The highest possible video resolution on the Samsung PL170 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably best to look at an alternative camera if you need better sound in your videos.
Samsung PL170 Weather Sealing
Samsung PL170 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions could affect the camera.
Samsung PL170 Screen and Viewfinder
The Samsung PL170 features a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The View Finder details regarding Samsung PL170 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really helpful in bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Samsung PL170 Shutter features
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Samsung PL170 Flash and Hot shoe features
Samsung PL170 boasts just integrated flash lacking external flash support.
Samsung PL170 Autofocusing features
Samsung PL170 lacks Auto focusing. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & exact as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
Samsung PL170 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good in low light conditions or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.
Samsung PL170 Battery life
The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the best (320) battery life in this group of cameras.
Below is a list of Ultracompact cameras having the best battery life:
Samsung PL170 for various kinds of photography
The following illustration shows a outline of the Samsung PL170 for various kinds of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Samsung PL170 Portrait photography factors
The Samsung PL170 has a points tally of 30 which is low, meaning that it is not good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to utilize external flash.
Samsung PL170 Street photography advice
Getting a average score of 50, the Samsung PL170 is fairly suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Samsung PL170 as a Sports photography camera
A low sports photography score of 27 means the Samsung PL170 is not good for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Samsung PL170 as a Travel photography camera
Size is really critical when selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung PL170 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a very decent option for your travels.
Samsung PL170 Landscape photography features
When you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Samsung PL170 at it's low rating of 39 for a landscape camera is not good in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Samsung PL170
A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Samsung PL170 is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a low score of 27.
Samsung PL170 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the PL170, here is a list of the top placed cameras that fall into the class of Ultracompact.
The graph underneath gives you an overview of the PL170 versus it's highest ranking competitors suggested above.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.