Samsung TL240

Samsung TL240 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 160g - 104 x 58 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Alternative Name is ST5000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung TL240 overview

Samsung TL240 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on January of 2010. The camera comes with a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4334 x 3256. The camera is referred to as "ST5000" in some regions.

The TL240 ranks at #46 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #935 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung TL240 history

The Samsung TL240 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-TL205 front thumbnailSamsung TL205
TL240 vs TL205
Samsung-TL210 front thumbnailSamsung TL210
TL240 vs TL210
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Samsung-TL240 front thumbnailSamsung TL24031-217mm
Samsung-TL225 front thumbnailSamsung TL225
TL240 vs TL225
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TL240 vs TL320

Samsung TL240 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Samsung TL240 based on criterias that are often seen as essential in a digital camera.

boasts touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
great min ISO (80)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (31-217mm 7.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI out
includes tracking autofocus
lovely big screen (3.5 inches)
screen is touchscreen
can't use external flash
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW format
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than competition in class (160 grams)
lack of aperture priority mode
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
missing external mic support
missing headphone support
missing Time Lapse recording
no shutter priority mode
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
slow at tele end (f5.5)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
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Samsung TL240 Sensor details

The sensor measurement in the Samsung TL240 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4334 x 3256 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 4800. This ISO can also be extended digitally to a high of 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the TL240's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The TL240 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung TL240 dimensions

Samsung TL240 has a weight of 0.35 lb (160 grams or 5.64 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 104mm x 58mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Samsung TL240 is more heavy compared with various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Samsung TL240 besides a soda so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Samsung TL240 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the TL240.

Samsung TL240 topview buttons dials

Samsung TL240 Lens specs

The TL240 includes a built in lens and a focal range of 31-217mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which isn't great nevertheless it can be invaluable in some situations.

At the widest 31mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.3 and that is pretty slow and not ideal in low light events and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to up the ISO setting which causes noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 217mm comes at f5.5 making it really sluggish and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung TL240 Connectivity

The TL240 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy files and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Samsung TL240 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Samsung TL240 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You really should target a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means you have no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at a different camera in case you require decent sound in your videos.

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Samsung TL240 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Samsung TL240 so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Samsung TL240 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung TL240 comes with a 3.5" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you will be able to switch focus point and change settings using your finger.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Samsung TL240 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Samsung TL240 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Samsung TL240 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Samsung TL240 has got only built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Samsung TL240 Autofocusing specs

Samsung TL240 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

Samsung TL240 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Samsung TL240 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful for low light conditions or you need more accurate control on focus.

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Samsung TL240 Battery life

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

Listed below is a number of Ultracompact cameras with the best battery life:

Samsung TL240 for varying styles of photography

The following illustration indicates a overview of the Samsung TL240 for varying styles of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Samsung TL240 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung TL240 has a points total of 28 which is bad, meaning that it is not acceptable for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos together with the option to use off-camera lighting.

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megapixel count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Street photography with Samsung TL240

Having a average score of 60, the Samsung TL240 is reasonably suited for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than competitors in class (160 grams)

Samsung TL240 Sports photography advice

A bad sports photography points tally of 43 means the Samsung TL240 is not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Samsung TL240

Portability is really crucial when getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung TL240 gets a reasonable 60 as a travelling camera which is somewhat adequate for your holidays.

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has focus by touch
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors in class (160g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Landscape photography with Samsung TL240

In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Samsung TL240 with it's bad score of 37 as a landscape camera is not acceptable among its rivals.

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very good size screen (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Samsung TL240 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung TL240 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a bad rating of 27.

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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack
heavier than competitors in class (160g)

Samsung TL240 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the TL240, here is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall under the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the TL240 vs it's highest rated competitors mentioned above.

Here are a few more cameras you might view as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung TL240
Also Known as
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4334 x 3256
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
31-217mm (7.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3.5 inches
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure 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 support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
160 gr (0.35 lbs)
104 x 58 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Card slots
Launch price