Samsung TL320

The Good Extremely large feature set; solid, high-end design.

The Bad Photo quality dips above ISO 200.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 7.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Samsung TL320

There are very few ultracompact cameras that offer the amount of control over your photos as the Samsung TL320. Whether you want to play with shutter speeds and apertures, adjust white balance, color, and exposure beyond presets, or tweak sharpness, contrast, and saturation--all of those things and more are available. The combination of features makes it a fine pocket camera for digital SLR users accustomed to having such things at their fingertips as well as those simply looking for a broad-featured point-and-shoot. However, don't expect the photo quality and performance to measure up to dSLR levels.

The TL320 has an upscale design suited to its price tag. The all-metal chassis has a pleasing heft to it and a textured grip on the right both looks and feels good. Adding to its beauty is a gorgeous 3-inch active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display (AMOLED), which is very bright and presumably better on battery life than an LCD. On top are two analog gauges: one for remaining battery life, one for available space on your SD/SDHC card. Also on top is a small power button ringed in blue light, a shutter release, and a sunken shooting mode dial. The dial is exposed at the back for easy changes with your thumb. Below it on back is a lever for the 5x zoom of the 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens. Moving down the back is a Menu button, navigation dial/directional pad, and Playback and Fn (function) buttons.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $380
  • Brand Samsung
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 5.64 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 12 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 10.9 mm (1/2.33")
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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