Samsung TL210

 
Samsung TL210 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 59 x 20mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Other Name is PL150
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
27
Overall
32

Samsung TL210 summary

Samsung TL210 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera initially launched on January of 2010. The camera uses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is known as "PL150" in certain markets.

The TL210 stands at #88 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over all #1036 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Samsung TL210 history

The Samsung TL210 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can discover all past and newer models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-TL205 front thumbnailSamsung TL205
TL210 vs TL205
35-105mm
F3.0-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Samsung-TL210 front thumbnailSamsung TL21027-135mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Samsung-TL240 front thumbnailSamsung TL240
TL210 vs TL240
31-217mm
F3.3-5.5
14MP1/2.3"2010
Samsung-TL225 front thumbnailSamsung TL225
TL210 vs TL225
27-124mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Samsung-TL320 front thumbnailSamsung TL320
TL210 vs TL320
24-120mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Samsung TL210 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Samsung TL210 based on features which are usually considered essential in a digital camera.

boasts focus by touch
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good zoom range (27-135mm 5.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
includes HDMI port
really wide (27mm)
screen larger than average (3.5 inch)
very good minimum ISO (80)
can't use external flash
does not have selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than average (177g)
lack of aperture priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing external mic port
missing headphone port
missing Time Lapse function
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung TL210 Sensor specs

The sensor specification in the Samsung TL210 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the TL210's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The TL210 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 graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung TL210 dimensions

Samsung TL210 has a weight of 0.39 lb (177g / 6.24 ounces) and features external dimensions of 99mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Samsung TL210 is weightier as compared with other competitors.

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Here is a image of the Samsung TL210 besides a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Samsung TL210 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the TL210.

Samsung TL210 topview buttons dials

Samsung TL210 Lens details

The TL210 is equipped with a built in lens having a focal range of 27-135mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be outstanding but it could be invaluable in certain conditions.

At it's widest 27mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.5 making it really sluggish and not the best in low light occasions and you will find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up your ISO giving you noisy shots. On the long end, 135mm comes at f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung TL210 Connectivity

The TL210 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and usually adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung TL210 Video details

The max video quality in the Samsung TL210 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You really should strive for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for a different model if you require decent audio in your videos.

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Samsung TL210 Weather Sealing

Samsung TL210 does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions can easily affect the camera.

Samsung TL210 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung TL210 houses a 3.5 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung TL210 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Samsung TL210 Shutter details

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Samsung TL210 Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung TL210 includes just inbuilt flash with no external flash support.

Samsung TL210 Autofocusing details

Samsung TL210 includes only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung TL210 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. Samsung TL210 does not have manual focus. Manual focus is good for low light or you want more precise depth of field control.

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Samsung TL210 Battery life

The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the maximum (320) battery life for this class of cameras.

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Samsung TL210 for various kinds of photography

The following bar chart gives a rundown of the Samsung TL210 for various kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung TL210 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung TL210 has a points tally of 21 which is awful, meaning that it is not acceptable for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the capability to work with off-camera lighting.

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lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Street photography with Samsung TL210

Coming in at a moderate rating of 59, the Samsung TL210 is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition in class (177 grams)

Samsung TL210 Sports photography advice

A awful sports photography points total of 28 means the Samsung TL210 is not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Samsung TL210 as a Travel photography camera

Size is really crucial when picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung TL210 gets a average 59 as a travelling camera which is fairly suitable to purchase for your journeys.

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boasts touch to focus
has built in flash
really wide (27mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (177 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)

Samsung TL210 Landscape photography factors

When you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung TL210 and it's awful grade of 37 for a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current marketplace.

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rather wide (27mm)
very good size screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse mode

Samsung TL210 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Samsung TL210 is not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a awful rating of 28.

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reasonably wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
heavier than average in class (177 grams)

Samsung TL210 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the TL210, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall under the family of Ultracompact.

The diagram down below provides you a bird's eye view of the TL210 vs it's highest ranked competitors mentioned above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might look at as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Samsung
Model
Samsung TL210
Alternate name
PL150
Category
Ultracompact
Released
2010-01-06
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-135mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.5 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.40 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
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 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
177g (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions
99 x 59 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Other
Battery model
SLB-07B
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Storage slots
1
Launch cost
$230