Samsung TL100

Samsung TL100 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.0-5.6) lens
  • 219g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Other Name is ST50
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung TL100 summary

Samsung TL100 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on January of 2009. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "ST50" in some regions.

The TL100 ranks at #205 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1162 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Here is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Samsung TL100 family

The Samsung TL100 is part of a family of products. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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TL100 vs TL350
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TL100 vs TL220
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Samsung TL100 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Samsung TL100 based on factors that are normally considered necessary in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Digital)
built in zoom lens (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
offers face detection autofocus
offers tracking autofocus
very good minimum ISO (80)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
more heavy than competitors (219 grams)
no external flash support
no external microphone port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse recording
resolution not great (12MP)
screen is fixed
screen is small (2.7 inch)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
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Samsung TL100 Sensor features

The spec of the sensor on the Samsung TL100 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 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Digital). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and provides a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the TL100's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The TL100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung TL100 dimensions

Samsung TL100 is 0.48 lbs (219 gr or 7.73 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Samsung TL100 is more heavy as compared with various competitors.

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Listed below is a pic of the Samsung TL100 beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Samsung TL100 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the TL100.

Samsung TL100 topview buttons dials

Samsung TL100 Lens features

The TL100 offers a built-in lens having a focal range of 35-105mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which won't be great however it will probably be useful in some circumstances.

At it's widest 35mm, it offers an aperture of f3.0 and that's pretty sluggish and not great in low light events and you will likely find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise your ISO causing noisy photographs. With the long end, 105mm comes to f5.6 which is very slow and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung TL100 Connectivity

The TL100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Samsung TL100 Video features

The max video resolution on the Samsung TL100 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low by today's requirements. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not have a mic or headphone port so you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to shop for a different camera should you want good sound in your video clips.

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Samsung TL100 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Samsung TL100 so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.

Samsung TL100 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung TL100 has got a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

Samsung TL100 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Samsung TL100 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are very helpful.

Samsung TL100 Shutter features

The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

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Samsung TL100 Flash and Hot shoe features

Samsung TL100 includes just built-in flash without external flash support.

Samsung TL100 Autofocusing features

Samsung TL100 includes only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it valuable for portrait photography.

It also comes with Tracking AF for objects on the move. Samsung TL100 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good for low light conditions or you want more exact depth of field control.

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Samsung TL100 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the maximum (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Samsung TL100 for various kinds of photography

The following graph provides a outline of the Samsung TL100 for various kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Samsung TL100

The Samsung TL100 gets a score of 26 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the ability to utilize off-camera flash.

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comes with face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Street photography with Samsung TL100

Getting a average points tally of 53, the Samsung TL100 is reasonably suitable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition (219g)

Samsung TL100 Sports photography features

A terrible sports photography points tally of 34 indicates the Samsung TL100 is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera should have great autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Digital)
offers tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Samsung TL100 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty critical in picking a camera for travel. All things considered, the Samsung TL100 gets a moderate 49 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat acceptable to buy for your trips.

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built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (219 grams)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)

Samsung TL100 as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung TL100 and it's terrible score of 27 for a landscape camera is not really very good within the current market.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Samsung TL100 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Samsung TL100 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible score of 26.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detection autofocus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than average (219g)

Samsung TL100 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the TL100, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the TL100 vs it's top ranked rivals shown previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Model type
Samsung TL100
Alternate name
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash options
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance 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 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
219 grams (0.48 pounds)
Physical dimensions
105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
Self timer
Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail price