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Photo samples: Samsung TL320

Check out an examination of photos taken with the Samsung TL320.

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Like most point-and-shoot cameras, the TL320 hits a wall at ISO 200. Photos are less than sharp from the get-go and there is some graininess when viewed at 100 percent, particularly at ISO 200. At ISO 400, the noise reduction makes things hazy and soft, though a good amount of detail remains. This, of course, increases at ISO 800 and 1600. While photos taken at ISO 800 are still usable for the Web and small prints, those at ISO 1600 have noticeable color issues.
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This is as sharp as the TL320 gets. It's not bad in the center, but softens up considerably out in the corners.
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Barrel distortion looks to be under control, which is nice for such a wide-angle lens (top). At the long end of the lens there is some very minor pincushioning (bottom).
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The TL320 exhibits a below-average amount of blue/purple fringing in high-contrast areas. It's visible on occasion, but likely won't destroy your photos.
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One of the many features Samsung includes in the camera is its Auto Contrast Balance (ACB)for help with backlit subjects or high-contrast areas. The top image is with it off, the bottom with it turned on. It clearly works.
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Just a demo of the 24mm-equivalent lens (top) and the 5x zoom. The combo makes the pocket camera flexible for a variety of shots.
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Though some colors come across a little richer than others, overall performance is very good. More importantly, if you don't like the colors produced by the TL320 there are several ways to tweak things before and after you shoot.

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