Samsung SL820

Samsung SL820 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.4-5.8) lens
  • 168g - 95 x 59 x 23mm
  • Launched February 2009
  • Additionally referred to as IT100
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung SL820 overview

Samsung SL820 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on February of 2009. The camera uses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "IT100" in certain regions.

The SL820 stands at #201 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #1158 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung SL820 history

The Samsung SL820 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can find all past and current models as well as important specs.

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Samsung SL820 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Samsung SL820 based on features which are usually seen as crucial in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
features face detection autofocus
flash built-in
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
pretty wide (28mm)
external flash not possible
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
manual exposure not available
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
no aperture priority mode
no external mic socket
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no image stabilization
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
no Time Lapse recording
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Samsung SL820 Sensor info

The sensor specification on the Samsung SL820 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the SL820's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The SL820 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.

Samsung SL820 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung SL820 dimensions

Samsung SL820 weighs 0.37 lb (168 gr or 5.93 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 95mm x 59mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Samsung SL820 is very similar as compared to other competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Samsung SL820 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Samsung SL820 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the SL820.

Samsung SL820 topview buttons dials

Samsung SL820 Lens info

The SL820 has got a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really perfect but it is going to be invaluable in certain scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.4 and that is fairly slow and not great for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to raise the ISO setting giving you noisy photos. With the tele end, 140mm comes to f5.8 which is quite slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung SL820 Connectivity

The SL820 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy images and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Samsung SL820 Video info

The highest video quality on the Samsung SL820 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You really should target a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone port which means that you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to order a different model in case you need better audio for your videos.

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Samsung SL820 Weather Sealing

Samsung SL820 doesn't include weather sealing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

Samsung SL820 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung SL820 houses a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Samsung SL820 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Samsung SL820 Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/1500s.

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Samsung SL820 Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung SL820 features only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Samsung SL820 Autofocusing info

Samsung SL820 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it useful for portrait photography.

Samsung SL820 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode can be useful for low light occasions or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Samsung SL820 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Samsung SL820 for various kinds of photography

The following diagram displays a summation of the Samsung SL820 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung SL820 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung SL820 gets a rating of 26 which is awful, meaning that it is just not very good for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to utilize external lighting.

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provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Samsung SL820 Street photography information

Having a decent rating of 47, the Samsung SL820 is reasonably adequate for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Samsung SL820 as a Sports photography camera

A awful sports photography score of 17 suggests the Samsung SL820 is just not very good for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Samsung SL820 Travel photography details

Weight is really critical in buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Samsung SL820 gets a moderate 57 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably adequate for your vacations.

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flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)

Samsung SL820 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor will be image quality. The Samsung SL820 at it's awful rating of 32 for a landscape camera is just not very good within the current marketplace.

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rather wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
no manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
lack of manual mode
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Samsung SL820 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Samsung SL820 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a awful rating of 28.

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rather wide (28mm)
includes face detect focus
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone socket

Samsung SL820 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the SL820, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the SL820 compared to it's top scored competitors listed earlier.

These are some more cameras you may check out as alternate options. To review a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung SL820
Also referred to as
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
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
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Auto & Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-Eye Fix
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
168 grams (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 59 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, Internal
Card slots
Launch cost