- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 27-124mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
- 169g - 100 x 60 x 19mm
- Released August 2009
- Alternate Name is ST500
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Samsung TL220 overview
Samsung TL220 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on August of 2009. The camera uses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "ST500" in certain markets.
The TL220 is positioned #164 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #1085 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
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Samsung TL220 family
The Samsung TL220 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all previous and brand new models alongside important features.
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Samsung TL220 Gallery
You can view the TL220 from several angles in the gallery below.
Samsung TL220 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Samsung TL220 based on things that are oftentimes viewed as essential in a camera.
Samsung TL220 Sensor specs
The sensor dimension in the Samsung TL220 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below displays the TL220's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The TL220 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Samsung TL220 dimensions
Samsung TL220 is 0.37 lb (169g or 5.96 oz) and features outer dimensions of 100mm x 60mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Samsung TL220 is on par when compared with other competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a photo of the Samsung TL220 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the TL220.
Samsung TL220 Lens details
The TL220 comes with a built in lens giving a focal range of 27-124mm making it a 4.6 x zoom which won't be outstanding nevertheless it will surely be invaluable in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 27mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.5 which will be kind of sluggish and not very good in low light circumstances and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting giving you noisy pictures. On the long end, 124mm comes to f5.9 which is quite slow and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Samsung TL220 Connectivity
The TL220 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy photos and at times adjust camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Certain apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Samsung TL220 Video details
The maximum video quality in the Samsung TL220 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should go for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you have zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at an alternative camera should you require good sound in your video clips.
Samsung TL220 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Samsung TL220 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.
Samsung TL220 Display and Viewfinder
The Samsung TL220 houses a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to set focus point as well as adjust settings by using your finger.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung TL220 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful during bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Samsung TL220 Shutter details
The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Samsung TL220 Flash and Hot shoe details
Samsung TL220 boasts just built in flash with no external flash ability.
Samsung TL220 Autofocus details
Samsung TL220 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing.
Samsung TL220 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to shift focus points. Samsung TL220 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good during low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.
Samsung TL220 Battery life
The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life within this type of cameras.
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Samsung TL220 for different types of photography
The following graph provides a analysis of the Samsung TL220 for different types of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.
Samsung TL220 Portrait photography details
The Samsung TL220 has a score of 21 which is bad, meaning that it is not acceptable for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and capability to work with external lighting.
Samsung TL220 Street photography information
With a above average points total of 62, the Samsung TL220 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.
Samsung TL220 Sports photography advice
A bad sports photography rating of 27 means the Samsung TL220 is not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs very good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Samsung TL220
Portability is super important in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Samsung TL220 gets a nice 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to purchase for your vacations.
Samsung TL220 Landscape photography info
For those who are planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung TL220 with it's bad grade of 37 for a landscape camera is not acceptable amongst its competition.
Vlogging with Samsung TL220
A camera for vlogging should really come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Samsung TL220 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a bad rating of 31.
Samsung TL220 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the TL220, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the TL220 versus it's top rated competitors shown previously.
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