First Look: Samsung TL320
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First Look: Samsung TL320

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The Samsung TL320's myriad shooting options make it a very good dSLR companion, but the photo quality and performance are definitely those of a point-and-shoot camera.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET reviews, and this is a look at the Samsung TL320. It's a 12-megapixel ultra compact camera with a dizzying amount of features, almost to the point of being intimidating. Its physical specs include an optically stabilized wide-angle 24-millimeter equivalent lens with a 5X zoom and a 3-inch OLED display with great color and brightness that's presumably better for battery life than a traditional LCD. You also get these gauges on top for seeing how much space is left on your memory card and the remaining battery life. And this information can be found on screen, too, but they're a nice design touch nonetheless. Controls are fairly straightforward, though with so many shooting options, it takes a while to get used to where everything is. Shooting modes include full manual and semi-manual options, as well as Samsung's smart auto scene recognition system. It also has some extra adjustability we don't generally see on point and shoot cameras, such as the ability to fine-tune white balance. The nav dial and directional pad on back make it easy to change things like aperture and shutter speed, in addition to letting you go through menus as quickly or as slowly as you like. However, while the features set is extraordinary, the photos and performance are more in line with an average compact camera. It's not terribly fast, and the photo quality declines noticeably above ISO 200, but overall, the results are pleasing as long as you understand its limitations. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Samsung TL320. ^M00:01:38 [ Music ]

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