Samsung TL205

Samsung TL205 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.0-5.6) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 59 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Additionally Known as PL100
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung TL205 overview

Samsung TL205 is Samsung's Ultracompact camera first released on January of 2010. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is known as "PL100" in certain regions.

The TL205 is scored #122 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1191 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personal factors.

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

Samsung TL205 family

The Samsung TL205 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range below.

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Samsung TL205 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Samsung TL205 based on things that are usually seen as necessary in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
comes with HDMI socket
good zoom range (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
supports tracking autofocus
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse recording
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual exposure
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
more heavy than competition (177g)
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW format
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
wide angle not the best (35mm)
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Samsung TL205 Sensor details

The sensor measurement in the Samsung TL205 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the TL205's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The TL205 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung TL205 dimensions

Samsung TL205 weighs around 0.39 lbs (177 gr / 6.24 oz) and features outside measurements of 99mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Samsung TL205 is heavier in comparison with its rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Samsung TL205 with a softdrink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Samsung TL205 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the TL205.

Samsung TL205 topview buttons dials

Samsung TL205 Lens specs

The TL205 features a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 35-105mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which may not be amazing but it may be valuable in certain conditions.

At the widest 35mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.0 which will be pretty slow and not good in low light events and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to boost the ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. With the tele end, 105mm comes to f5.6 which is pretty slow and you may need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung TL205 Connectivity

The TL205 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer pictures and at times alter settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Samsung TL205 Video specs

The highest video resolution in the Samsung TL205 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should target a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone port which means that you have little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to buy another camera should you require better sound in your video clips.

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Samsung TL205 Weather Sealing

Samsung TL205 doesn't include weather sealing so wet conditions may ruin the camera.

Samsung TL205 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung TL205 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Samsung TL205 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Samsung TL205 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Samsung TL205 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Samsung TL205 boasts only built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Samsung TL205 Autofocusing specs

Samsung TL205 boasts just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.

It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Samsung TL205 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is useful during low light conditions or you need more precise depth of field control.

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Samsung TL205 Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the highest (320) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a listing of Ultracompact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Samsung TL205 for various kinds of photography

The following illustration shows a summation of the Samsung TL205 for various kinds of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Samsung TL205 Portrait photography info

The Samsung TL205 receives a points total of 21 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Samsung TL205 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a average score of 47, the Samsung TL205 is reasonably suited to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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fixed screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
heavier than competitors in class (177g)

Samsung TL205 Sports photography advice

A lousy sports photography points tally of 25 indicates the Samsung TL205 is not really suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF

Samsung TL205 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty important in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Samsung TL205 gets a reasonable 50 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably suitable for your vacations.

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flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (177g)
low MP (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

Samsung TL205 Landscape photography info

When you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Samsung TL205 and it's lousy rating of 23 as a landscape camera is not really suitable among it's competition.

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focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording

Samsung TL205 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung TL205 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy score of 22.

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wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (177 grams)

Samsung TL205 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the TL205, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Ultracompact.

The line graph here offers you a bird's eye view of the TL205 compared to it's top ranked competitors suggested earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Samsung TL205
Also referred to as
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1500 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.40 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
177 grams (0.39 pounds)
99 x 59 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, SD/SDHC Internal
Card slots
Retail price