Samsung SL720 summary
Samsung SL720 is Samsung's Ultracompact camera originally launched on July of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "PL70" in some countries.
The SL720 is positioned #133 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over-all #1189 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.
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Samsung SL720 family
The Samsung SL720 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can view all past and newer models as well as important specs.
Samsung SL720 Gallery
You can look at the SL720 from various angles in the gallery here.
Samsung SL720 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Samsung SL720 based on criterias which are oftentimes regarded as essential in a camera.
Samsung SL720 Sensor information
The sensor dimension in the Samsung SL720 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and features a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath illustrates the SL720's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The SL720 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Samsung SL720 dimensions
Samsung SL720 weighs around 0.37 lb (168 grams or 5.93 oz) and features outside measurements of 92mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Samsung SL720 is heavier as compared with other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a picture of the Samsung SL720 alongside a softdrink so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view just below will show the button design on the SL720.
Samsung SL720 Lens information
The SL720 has got a built-in lens having a focal range of 28-102mm making it a 3.6 x zoom which is not at all significant however it might be helpful in some cases.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.8 which will be really sluggish and not the best in low light circumstances and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You might also need to boost your ISO which results in noisy files. On the long end, 102mm comes with f5.7 which is pretty slow and you may have to use slow shutter speeds.
Samsung SL720 Connectivity
The SL720 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send photos and sometimes adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Some apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Samsung SL720 Video information
The highest possible video resolution in the Samsung SL720 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low by today's requirements. You really should aim for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase another model should you require better audio in your video clips.
Samsung SL720 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Samsung SL720 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty situations.
Samsung SL720 Display and Viewfinder
The Samsung SL720 includes a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specs regarding Samsung SL720 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are quite helpful.
Samsung SL720 Shutter information
The max shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.
Samsung SL720 Flash and Hot shoe information
Samsung SL720 has got just built-in flash lacking external flash support.
Samsung SL720 Autofocus information
Samsung SL720 has got only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
Samsung SL720 has not got manual focus. Manual focus is good for low light occasions or you want more precise focusing control.
Samsung SL720 Battery life
The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the best (320) battery life for this category of cameras.
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Samsung SL720 for different types of photography
The following chart gives a summary of the Samsung SL720 for different types of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Samsung SL720
The Samsung SL720 gets a score of 21 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and capability to work with off-camera lighting.
Samsung SL720 as a Street photography camera
Getting a reasonable rating of 47, the Samsung SL720 is somewhat suited for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Samsung SL720 as a Sports photography camera
A terrible sports photography points tally of 18 means the Samsung SL720 is not really good for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Samsung SL720 Travel photography features
Weight is very crucial in buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung SL720 gets a reasonable 56 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited to take on your travels.
Samsung SL720 Landscape photography info
For anyone who is looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung SL720 with it's terrible rating of 28 as a landscape camera is not really good within the current market.
Samsung SL720 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera really should have a articulating screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Samsung SL720 is not really good as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible score of 25.
Samsung SL720 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the SL720, here is a range of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Ultracompact.
The line chart listed below offers you an overview of the SL720 vs it's highest scoring rivals mentioned above.
There are a bunch of cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.