- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 1600
- 640 x 480 video
- 35-175mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
- 168g - 92 x 61 x 23mm
- Announced February 2009
- Also referred to as PL65
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Samsung SL620 summary
Samsung SL620 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera first introduced on February of 2009. The camera comes with a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "PL65" in certain countries.
The SL620 comes in at #138 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #1227 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should use our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personalized requirements.
The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.
Samsung SL620 history
The Samsung SL620 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed list underneath.
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Samsung SL620 Gallery
You can look at the SL620 from several angles in the gallery here.
Samsung SL620 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Samsung SL620 based on aspects which are normally considered important in a digital camera.
Samsung SL620 Sensor specs
The dimension of the sensor in the Samsung SL620 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels .Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor has 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the SL620's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The SL620 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Samsung SL620 dimensions
Samsung SL620 weighs in at 0.37 lb (168g / 5.93 ounces) & has outside dimensions of 92mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Samsung SL620 is heavier as compared to its competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Down below is a image of the Samsung SL620 with a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the SL620.
Samsung SL620 Lens details
The SL620 has a built in lens offering a focal range of 35-175mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't very good but it will definitely be invaluable in certain conditions.
At it's widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 making it somewhat sluggish and not great for low light circumstances and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to boost your ISO which causes noisy shots. With the long end, 175mm comes with f5.7 which is quite slow and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Samsung SL620 Connectivity
The SL620 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Samsung SL620 Video details
The max video quality in the Samsung SL620 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful for today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to get an alternative model if you require decent audio for your videos.
Samsung SL620 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Samsung SL620 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Samsung SL620 Screen and Viewfinder
The Samsung SL620 comes with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specifications for Samsung SL620 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are rather useful.
Samsung SL620 Shutter details
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Samsung SL620 Flash and Hot shoe details
Samsung SL620 features just built-in flash without external flash support.
Samsung SL620 Autofocusing details
Samsung SL620 features only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is helpful for taking portraits of people.
Samsung SL620 lacks manual focus. Manual focus option is good for low light occasions or you want more exact focusing control.
Samsung SL620 Battery life
The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the maximum (320) battery life for this category of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Samsung SL620 for varying categories of photography
The following graph gives a summary of the Samsung SL620 for varying categories of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Samsung SL620 Portrait photography factors
The Samsung SL620 gets a score of 26 which is dreadful, meaning that it is just not very good for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.
Samsung SL620 Street photography information
Having a modest rating of 47, the Samsung SL620 is relatively appropriate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Samsung SL620 Sports photography information
A dreadful sports photography points tally of 17 indicates the Samsung SL620 is just not very good for photographing sports. A camera needs good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Samsung SL620
Portability is really important when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Samsung SL620 gets a moderate 50 as a travelling camera which is reasonably appropriate for your travels.
Samsung SL620 Landscape photography factors
For anyone looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung SL620 and it's dreadful grade of 23 as a landscape camera is just not very good in the current market.
Samsung SL620 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung SL620 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful rating of 24.
Samsung SL620 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the SL620, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The diagram just below gives you a bird's eye view of the SL620 vs it's highest ranked competitors listed previously.
Following are additional cameras you may see as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.