Samsung PL210

Samsung PL210 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 100 x 59 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung PL210 overview

Samsung PL210 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera initially introduced on January of 2011. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The PL210 comes in at #102 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1134 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung PL210 history

The Samsung PL210 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list underneath.

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Samsung PL210 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Samsung PL210 based on criterias which are generally seen as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
nice screen size (3")
very good max aperture (f)
very good min ISO (0)
can't use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
fixed focal length (()mm)
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW files
lack of HDMI port
lack of headphone port
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual mode
lack of microphone port
lack of Timelapse function
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max ISO too low (0)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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Samsung PL210 Sensor information

The spec of the sensor on the Samsung PL210 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels .

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 0 to 0. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the PL210's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The PL210 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung PL210 dimensions

Samsung PL210 weighs 0.00 lbs (g / 0.00 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 100mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Samsung PL210 is lighter as compared to various rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Samsung PL210 alongside a soda to help you have a feel for its size.

Samsung PL210 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the PL210.

Samsung PL210 topview buttons dials

Samsung PL210 Lens information

The PL210 offers a fixed lens offering a constant focal length of ()mm meaning that you do not have the ability to zoom.

At it's widest ()mm, it will have an aperture of f and that is useful in low light circumstances and capturing good bokeh. It would also enable you to use a much lower ISO to have cleaner photos.

Photography Glossary

Samsung PL210 Connectivity

The PL210 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

    A few apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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    Samsung PL210 Video information

    The highest video resolution on the Samsung PL210 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You really should target at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone jack so you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to find another model in case you require good audio in your videos.

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    Samsung PL210 Weather Sealing

    There is no weather proofing in the Samsung PL210 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

    Samsung PL210 Screen and Viewfinder

    The Samsung PL210 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

    Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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    The View Finder specifications regarding Samsung PL210 are as follows:

    • ViewFinder None

    In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

    Samsung PL210 Shutter information

    The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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    Samsung PL210 Flash and Hot shoe information

    Samsung PL210 boasts just built-in flash lacking external flash ability.

    Samsung PL210 Autofocus information

    Samsung PL210 has no Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

    Samsung PL210 has no manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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    Samsung PL210 Battery life

    The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest (320) battery life in this group of cameras.

    Here is a list of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

    Samsung PL210 for specific forms of photography

    The following graph gives a analysis of the Samsung PL210 for specific forms of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

    Samsung PL210 Portrait photography information

    The Samsung PL210 receives a score of 28 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really appropriate to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files & potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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    megapixel count decent (14MP)
    no manual focus
    manual mode not possible
    cannot use external flash
    sensor size is small (1/2.3")
    does not have RAW format

    Samsung PL210 Street photography features

    Having a average points total of 49, the Samsung PL210 is relatively appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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    no moving screen
    does not have image stabilization
    sensor is small (1/2.3")
    no RAW support
    maximum ISO low (0)

    Samsung PL210 as a Sports photography camera

    A subpar sports photography points total of 26 indicates the Samsung PL210 is not really appropriate for shooting sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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

    Samsung PL210 Travel photography details

    Weight is super crucial when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Samsung PL210 gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a good option to purchase for your journeys.

    Photography Glossary
    good MP (14 megapixels)
    flash built-in
    great maximum aperture (f)
    does not have Time Lapse function
    display is not selfie friendly

    Samsung PL210 Landscape photography info

    In case you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung PL210 and it's subpar grade of 37 for a landscape camera is not really appropriate amongst it's competitors.

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    very good maximum aperture (f)
    nice screen size (3 inches)
    resolution is good (14 megapixels)
    focusing manually not possible
    cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
    fixed focal length (()mm)
    no manual exposure
    does not have image stabilization
    sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
    max ISO too low (0)
    does not have RAW support
    missing Time Lapse mode

    Samsung PL210 as a Vlogging camera

    A camera for vlogging ought to have a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Samsung PL210 is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar score of 27.

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    very good maximum aperture (f)
    display is not selfie friendly
    lack of image stabilization
    low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
    no mic port

    Samsung PL210 Alternatives

    If you are interested in replacements to the PL210, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Ultracompact.

    The chart listed below offers you a summary of the PL210 vs it's top ranking rivals mentioned previously.

    There are more cameras you may look at as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Samsung PL210
    Body design
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    6.16 x 4.62mm
    Sensor area
    Sensor resolution
    14 megapixels
    Anti aliasing filter
    Full resolution
    4320 x 3240
    RAW support
    Max native ISO
    Lowest native ISO
    Manual focus
    Touch focus
    Continuous AF
    Single AF
    Tracking AF
    Selective AF
    AF center weighted
    AF multi area
    AF live view
    Face detection AF
    Contract detection AF
    Phase detection AF
    Cross focus points
    Lens mounting type
    fixed lens
    Lens focal range
    Crop factor
    Screen type
    Fixed Type
    Screen sizing
    Resolution of screen
    230 thousand dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch functionality
    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
    Lowest shutter speed
    8 secs
    Highest shutter speed
    1/2000 secs
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manual exposure
    Set WB
    Image stabilization
    Inbuilt flash
    External flash
    White balance bracketing
    Multisegment exposure
    Average exposure
    Spot exposure
    Partial exposure
    AF area exposure
    Center weighted exposure
    Video features
    Video resolutions
    1280 x 720
    Max video resolution
    Microphone jack
    Headphone jack
    Environment seal
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    100 x 59 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
    Time lapse shooting
    Storage slots
    Launch pricing