Samsung TL320

Samsung TL320 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • n/ag - 97 x 61 x 21mm
  • Released February 2009
  • Other Name is WB1000
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung TL320 overview

Samsung TL320 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera originally announced on February of 2009. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "WB1000" in certain markets.

The TL320 is scored #48 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all around #941 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung TL320 history

The Samsung TL320 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can check out all older and latest models along with main features.

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Samsung-TL210 front thumbnailSamsung TL210
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Samsung-TL240 front thumbnailSamsung TL240
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Samsung-TL225 front thumbnailSamsung TL225
TL320 vs TL225
Samsung-TL320 front thumbnailSamsung TL32024-120mm

Samsung TL320 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Samsung TL320 based on things that are often seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
comes with face detection autofocus
does have HDMI support
good min ISO (80)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
you can focus manually
doesn't have external microphone jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Timelapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
no external flash support
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW format
pixelated screen (460 thousand dot)
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish at long end (f5.8)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung TL320 Sensor information

The sensor spec in the Samsung TL320 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the TL320's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The TL320 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung TL320 dimensions

Samsung TL320 weighs 0.00 pounds ( gr / 0.00 ounces) & has outer measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Samsung TL320 is lighter than its competitors.

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The following is a visual of the Samsung TL320 with a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.

Samsung TL320 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button layout on the TL320.

Samsung TL320 topview buttons dials

Samsung TL320 Lens information

The TL320 is equipped with a built-in lens with a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be ideal however it may be valuable in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 which is rather sluggish and not very good for low light conditions and you will struggle to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting giving you noisy photos. With the long end, 120mm comes to f5.8 which is fairly slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung TL320 Connectivity

The TL320 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer files and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Samsung TL320 Video information

The highest video resolution in the Samsung TL320 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket which means you have got zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to shop for a different camera if you require decent sound for your videos.

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Samsung TL320 Weather Sealing

Samsung TL320 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions could damage the camera.

Samsung TL320 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung TL320 features a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for Samsung TL320 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.

Samsung TL320 Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung TL320 Flash and Hot shoe information

Samsung TL320 has just built in flash without external flash ability.

Samsung TL320 Autofocusing information

Samsung TL320 has only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it valuable for taking portraits of people.

Samsung TL320 has manual focusing if needed during low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Samsung TL320 Battery life

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

Following is a collection of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Samsung TL320 for varying categories of photography

The following chart indicates a overview of the Samsung TL320 for varying categories of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Samsung TL320

The Samsung TL320 has a score of 34 which is horrible, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
includes face detection focusing
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Samsung TL320 Street photography information

Coming in at a decent points total of 58, the Samsung TL320 is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sports photography with Samsung TL320

A horrible sports photography rating of 30 indicates the Samsung TL320 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera needs very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Samsung TL320 Travel photography highlights

Weight is really critical when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Samsung TL320 gets a average 59 as a travel camera which is reasonably suitable to take with you on your vacations.

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has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low MP (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Samsung TL320 Landscape photography highlights

If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Samsung TL320 and it's horrible grade of 43 for a landscape camera is simply not good in the current market.

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you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Samsung TL320

A vlogging camera ought to offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Samsung TL320 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible score of 31.

Photography Glossary
quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic socket

Samsung TL320 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the TL320, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The diagram underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the TL320 compared to it's top ranking rivals suggested earlier.

These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung TL320
Also called
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
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
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
24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
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
16 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.00 m
Flash options
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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 format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
97 x 61 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots
Launch cost