Samsung SL202

Samsung SL202 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-102mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 168g - 92 x 61 x 23mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Also referred to as PL50
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung SL202 overview

Samsung SL202 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on February of 2009. The camera features a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is referred to as "PL50" in other regions.

The SL202 is positioned #241 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #1232 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung SL202 history

The Samsung SL202 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can view all earlier and most recent models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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SL202 vs ST150F
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SL202 vs SL820
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Samsung-SL202 front thumbnailSamsung SL20228-102mm
Samsung-SL30 front thumbnailSamsung SL30
SL202 vs SL30
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SL202 vs SL102

Samsung SL202 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Samsung SL202 based on factors which are generally viewed as useful in a digital camera.

comes with face detect focus
flash built-in
in built lens has zoom (28-102mm 3.6 x zoom)
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good min ISO (80)
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic port
does not have Time Lapse mode
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.7)
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no manual control
no shutter priority mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
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Samsung SL202 Sensor information

The size of the sensor on the Samsung SL202 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the SL202's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The SL202 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung SL202 dimensions

Samsung SL202 has a weight of 0.37 pounds (168 gr or 5.93 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 92mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Samsung SL202 is on par when compared to other rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Samsung SL202 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Samsung SL202 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the SL202.

Samsung SL202 topview buttons dials

Samsung SL202 Lens information

The SL202 features a built in lens offering a focal range of 28-102mm giving it a 3.6 x zoom which isn't great however it might be handy in a few conditions.

At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f2.8 and that is somewhat sluggish and not the best in low light events and you might find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to up your ISO setting giving you noisy photos. For the long end, 102mm comes to f5.7 making it pretty sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung SL202 Connectivity

The SL202 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Samsung SL202 Video information

The maximum video quality on the Samsung SL202 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You should target at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to have a look at another model should you need decent audio in your videos.

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Samsung SL202 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Samsung SL202 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Samsung SL202 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung SL202 features a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Samsung SL202 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

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

Samsung SL202 Shutter information

The max shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Samsung SL202 Flash and Hot shoe information

Samsung SL202 boasts just built in flash without external flash ability.

Samsung SL202 Autofocus information

Samsung SL202 boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which can be helpful for portraits.

Samsung SL202 lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good for low light conditions or you want more exact focus control.

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Samsung SL202 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Samsung SL202 for different types of photography

The following graph displays a overview of the Samsung SL202 for different types of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Samsung SL202

The Samsung SL202 has a rating of 25 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really good for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos along with the ability to utilize external flash.

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features face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Samsung SL202 as a Street photography camera

Getting a reasonable score of 47, the Samsung SL202 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Samsung SL202 as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points total of 16 suggests the Samsung SL202 is not really good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Samsung SL202 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is extremely important in selecting a travel camera. All round, the Samsung SL202 gets a reasonable 57 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat suitable for your holidays.

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has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Samsung SL202 as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone who is planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung SL202 with it's terrible rating of 27 for a landscape camera is not really good among it's competitors.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse mode

Samsung SL202 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should come with a moving screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Samsung SL202 is not really good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible rating of 27.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
features face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack

Samsung SL202 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the SL202, here is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph listed below offers you an overview of the SL202 versus it's highest ranked competitors listed previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may look at as alternative options. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Samsung SL202
Also referred to as
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-102mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Maximum shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.60 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Auto & Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-Eye Fix
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
168 grams (0.37 lbs)
92 x 61 x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at launch