Samsung SL30 summary
Samsung SL30 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on February of 2009. The camera comes with a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3648 x 2736. The camera is known as "ES15" in other markets.
The SL30 is rated #247 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1197 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Samsung SL30 family
The Samsung SL30 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can view all past and current models along with important features.
Samsung SL30 Gallery
You can view the SL30 from different angles in the gallery below.
Samsung SL30 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Samsung SL30 based on factors which are generally considered important in a camera.
Samsung SL30 Sensor features
The sensor specification in the Samsung SL30 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels .Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The image underneath displays the SL30's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The SL30 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Samsung SL30 dimensions
Samsung SL30 weighs around 0.31 lb (140g or 4.94 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 94mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Samsung SL30 is less heavy than other rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a image of the Samsung SL30 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will show the button layout on the SL30.
Samsung SL30 Lens features
The SL30 houses a built in lens with a focal range of 38-114mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not huge but it can be valuable in a few scenarios.
At it's widest 38mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 making it fairly sluggish and not great in low light occasions and you will find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to raise your ISO giving you noisy files. With the long end, 114mm comes to f5.7 which is pretty slow and you may have to use slow shutter speeds.
Samsung SL30 Connectivity
The SL30 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can send pictures and in some cases adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Samsung SL30 Video features
The max video quality in the Samsung SL30 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You really should shoot for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone jack so you have got zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to find an alternative model should you want better audio in your video clips.
Samsung SL30 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Samsung SL30 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Samsung SL30 Display and Viewfinder
The Samsung SL30 comes with a 2.5" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung SL30 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be quite useful.
Samsung SL30 Shutter features
The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.
Samsung SL30 Flash and Hot shoe features
Samsung SL30 includes just built in flash with no external flash support.
Samsung SL30 Autofocus features
Samsung SL30 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and exact than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it useful for portraits.
Samsung SL30 has no manual focus. Manual focus is good for low light or you need more accurate depth of field control.
Samsung SL30 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life for this range of cameras.
Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:
Samsung SL30 for different styles of photography
The following bar chart displays a rundown of the Samsung SL30 for different styles of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Samsung SL30 Portrait photography factors
The Samsung SL30 has a points tally of 26 which is horrible, and means the camera is not really appropriate for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.
Samsung SL30 Street photography details
Having a reasonable points tally of 47, the Samsung SL30 is somewhat suited for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Samsung SL30 Sports photography factors
A horrible sports photography rating of 17 suggests the Samsung SL30 is not really appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Samsung SL30
Weight is really critical in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Samsung SL30 gets a decent 51 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited for your travels.
Landscape photography with Samsung SL30
In case you're looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung SL30 at it's horrible score of 23 as a landscape camera is not really appropriate amongst it's competition.
Samsung SL30 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Samsung SL30 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it receives a horrible rating of 25.
Samsung SL30 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the SL30, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart followed below provides you an overview of the SL30 versus it's top ranked competitors listed earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.