Samsung TL500

 
Samsung TL500 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 24-72mm (F1.8-2.4) lens
  • 386g - 114 x 63 x 29mm
  • Launched July 2010
  • Additionally Known as EX1
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
88
Imaging
36
Features
54
Overall
43

Samsung TL500 summary

Samsung TL500 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera first released on July of 2010. It includes a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is known as "EX1" in some markets.

The TL500 is positioned #25 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #583 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Samsung TL500 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Samsung TL500 based on factors that are typically regarded as necessary in a camera.

built in zoom lens (24-72mm 3.0 x zoom)
delivers RAW formats
fairly wide (24mm)
fully articulated screen
great aperture at full zoom (f2.4)
great max aperture (f1.8)
great minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
screen is a good size (3")
screen is selfie friendly
you can focus manually
does not have headphone support
does not have microphone support
does not have Timelapse mode
has no phase detect autofocus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
more heavy than others (386g)
pixelated screen (614 thousand dots)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
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Samsung TL500 Sensor info

The sensor size on the Samsung TL500 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The picture below displays the TL500's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The TL500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung TL500 dimensions

Samsung TL500 weighs about 0.85 lb (386 gr / 13.62 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 114mm x 63mm x 29mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Samsung TL500 is weightier compared with its rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Samsung TL500 beside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Samsung TL500 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the TL500.

Samsung TL500 topview buttons dials

Samsung TL500 Lens info

The TL500 includes a fixed lens and a focal range of 24-72mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not at all huge but it could be helpful in some conditions.

At the widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f1.8 and that is good in low light situations and getting good bokeh. It is going to also make it easier to go with a much lower ISO to produce better photographs. For the tele end, 72mm comes to f2.4 which is very decent and will help you have high shutter speeds.

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Samsung TL500 Connectivity

The TL500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy photos and oftentimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Samsung TL500 Video info

The highest possible video resolution on the Samsung TL500 is 640 x 480 and it can capture in H.264 format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You should strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means you get no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to look at another camera in case you require better sound in your video clips.

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Samsung TL500 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Samsung TL500 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.

Samsung TL500 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung TL500 includes a 3 inch fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 614 thousand dots.

It features a selfie friendly display to get self portraits as well as group photos if necessary. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Samsung TL500 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be very valuable.

Samsung TL500 Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

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Samsung TL500 Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung TL500 includes both inbuilt flash and also external flash support.

Samsung TL500 Autofocus info

Samsung TL500 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Samsung TL500 comes with manual focusing when required during low light situations or you require more exact focusing control.

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Samsung TL500 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life within this type of cameras.

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Samsung TL500 for specific styles of photography

The following illustration provides a rundown of the Samsung TL500 for specific styles of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section below.

Samsung TL500 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung TL500 receives a points tally of 41 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support along with the potential to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")

Samsung TL500 as a Street photography camera

With a nice points tally of 67, the Samsung TL500 is a very decent pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (386g)

Samsung TL500 Sports photography highlights

A dreadful sports photography points total of 30 suggests the Samsung TL500 is not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Samsung TL500 Travel photography info

Weight is really crucial in choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Samsung TL500 gets a very good 65 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick for your vacations.

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built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than others (386 grams)
sensor resolution low (10MP)

Landscape photography with Samsung TL500

If you find yourself planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Samsung TL500 at it's moderate rating of 53 as a landscape camera is relatively appropriate amongst it's competitors.

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focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
no Time Lapse function

Samsung TL500 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging ought to offer a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung TL500 is a very decent fit as a vlog camera as it gets a nice score of 65.

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fairly wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external mic socket
heavier than competition in class (386 grams)

Samsung TL500 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the TL500, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below will give you a summary of the TL500 vs it's top rated rivals shown previously.

These are some more cameras you might look into as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Samsung
Model type
Samsung TL500
Also called as
EX1
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2010-07-09
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/1.7"
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area
41.5mm²
Sensor resolution
10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-72mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture
f/1.8-2.4
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Crop factor
4.8
Screen
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display size
3"
Display resolution
614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
40
DXO Color Depth rating
19.2
DXO Dynamic range rating
11.1
DXO Low light rating
129
Features
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1500 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.20 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow syncro, Manual
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
640x480
Video data format
H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
386 grams (0.85 pounds)
Physical dimensions
114 x 63 x 29mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.1")
Other
Battery ID
SLB-07A
Self timer
Yes (10 sec, 2 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, internal
Card slots
Single
Pricing at release
$527