Samsung PL200

Samsung PL200 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 60 x 21mm
  • Launched July 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Samsung PL200 summary

Samsung PL200 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially launched on July of 2010. The camera has got a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The PL200 is placed #159 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #1078 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung PL200 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Samsung PL200 based on things which are typically considered essential in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has built in flash
in built lens has zoom (31-217mm 7.0 x zoom)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have mic socket
does not have Time Lapse function
external flash not possible
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no manual focus
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW support
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
wide angle not good (31mm)
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Samsung PL200 Sensor details

The size of the sensor in the Samsung PL200 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the PL200's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The PL200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung PL200 dimensions

Samsung PL200 weighs in at 0.37 lbs (170 grams or 6.00 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 100mm x 60mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Samsung PL200 is very much the same as compared to various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Here is a picture of the Samsung PL200 besides a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Samsung PL200 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the PL200.

Samsung PL200 topview buttons dials

Samsung PL200 Lens specs

The PL200 features a built in lens featuring a focal range of 31-217mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which isn't huge but it will surely be invaluable in certain scenarios.

At the widest 31mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 making it somewhat slow and not ideal in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to up the ISO which results in noisy shots. Towards the tele end, 217mm comes with f5.5 making it quite sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung PL200 Connectivity

The PL200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Samsung PL200 Video specs

The max video quality in the Samsung PL200 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in H.264 file format. 480p is awful by today's requirements. You should really shoot for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack which means you have got little control over your audio. It is probably best to look into another model should you require decent audio in your videos.

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Samsung PL200 Weather Sealing

Samsung PL200 does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions might damage the camera.

Samsung PL200 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung PL200 has got a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung PL200 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Samsung PL200 Shutter specs

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500s.

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Samsung PL200 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Samsung PL200 boasts only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Samsung PL200 Autofocus specs

Samsung PL200 boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung PL200 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful for low light scenarios or you require more accurate control on depth of field.

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Samsung PL200 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the maximum (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Samsung PL200 for specific forms of photography

The following chart displays a summary of the Samsung PL200 for specific forms of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.

Samsung PL200 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung PL200 gets a points total of 28 which is lousy, and means the camera is not really suitable for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files together with the potential to use off-camera lighting.

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decent megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Samsung PL200 Street photography highlights

Getting a average score of 57, the Samsung PL200 is fairly appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Samsung PL200 Sports photography details

A lousy sports photography points tally of 38 indicates the Samsung PL200 is not really suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Samsung PL200 Travel photography advice

Weight is very critical when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung PL200 gets a reasonable 58 as a travelling camera which is fairly suited for your trips.

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sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

Samsung PL200 Landscape photography highlights

If you find yourself looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung PL200 at it's lousy grade of 37 as a landscape camera is not really suitable amongst its competition.

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nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Samsung PL200

A vlogging camera should really have a moving screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung PL200 is not really suitable for vlogging as it receives a lousy rating of 25.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external mic port

Samsung PL200 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the PL200, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart just below will give you a bird's eye view of the PL200 versus it's highest scored rivals suggested earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might regard as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung PL200
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
31-217mm (7.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
4.60 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
170 gr (0.37 lbs)
100 x 60 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8")
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC'/MMC, Internal
Card slots
Launch cost