Summary: Samsung's TL500 camera creates extremely sharp and vibrant photographs, thanks to one of the highest-quality lenses you'll find in a point and shoot camera. However, its high price and small zoom lens makes it a camera more suited to intermediate and advanced photographers. The TL500 -- known as the EX1 outside North America -- includes many advanced features, including a high-resolution, 3.0-inch AMOLED screen that can swivel and rotate away from the camera, which is...
Pros: Image quality is extremely high, thanks to high-quality lens and image sensor, Sharp 3.0-inch AMOLED screen can rotate and swivel, Menu structure is very easy to use and is well organized, TL500's low-light capabilities are outstanding, Camera works well in both advanced and fully automatic modes
Cons: Optical zoom lens is only 3X, Manufacturer's suggested price is a bit high, Noise can be excessive at high ISOs, Maximum video resolution is VGA
Excerpt: Samsung's getting closer. Watch out Canon/Nikon/Sony/Panasonic. What is it? The Samsung TL500 is a largish compact camera with some very desirable features. The 10mp 1/1.7" CCD sensor, 24-72mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.4 Schneider-Kreuznach lens (with a real lens cap), coupled some higher end controls and a very nice 3" 614k dot OLED swivel LCD, make for a package that instantly has a lot of appeal to photo enthusiasts.
Conclusion: With its main area of strength being the dynamic range it delivers at low ISO sensitivities, this could possibly be one of the best value pocket cameras for those who shoot landscapes regularly in good light, or at low ISO settings with a camera support.
Summary: Though we’re writing this before taking a look at its new NX100 model, the EX1 has got to be the most impressive digital camera Samsung has produced to date, whether true compact or DSLR-styled mirror-less hybrid model. OK, so it’s not set itself as high a previous benchmark as the likes of Nikon and Canon, but with the EX1 the Korean giant at least shows that it can compete with the big boys of photography when it wants to.
Pros: Vivid AMOLED back screen that also tilts and swivels, bright f/1.8 lens, tank-like strength via solid-feel metal construction, Raw capture, ISO3200 at full (10MP) resolution
Cons: Pricey compared to most digital compacts, modest (3x) optical zoom range, standard definition video capture only
Summary: The TL500 / EX1 is a very capable and well-featured photographers' compact camera. Its excellent (and articulated) OLED screen helps distinguish it from the conceptually similar Panasonic LX3. Overall it's among the best compact cameras available if the super-bright lens is more important to your type of shooting than overall zoom reach.
Pros: Good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings, Extremely bright F1.8-2.4 lens, Useful 24mm equiv. wide angle, High ISO performance good up to ISO 800 (and higher if processed from RAW), Accessible, quick-to-use manual controls, Superb bright, high-contrast, articulated OLED screen, Generally well optimized JPEGs with good color response, RAW capability with fully featured RAW conversion software, Well implemented manual AF point selection mode, Reliable focus...
Cons: Highlight clipping and channel clipping in bright, high-contrast conditions, Unpredictable metering requires regular use of exposure compensation, No control over noise reduction (which is excessive at high ISO settings), Video limited to VGA resolution, Rear dial difficult to move with precision (and has to be used for manually changing aperture), Flash underpowered, flash performance overall not that impressive, Manual focus preview too low resolution to be useful (...
Summary: Samsung digicams often provide better performance than their competition at the same price point and that's the case with the TL500. After carrying this nifty little digital camera with me just about everywhere I've gone for the last few weeks, the TL500 has replaced the Canon S95 as my benchmark (plus end of the grading curve) point-and-shoot.
Pros: Excellent Schneider zoom with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, Intuitive control layout, Very impressive noise mangement, Decent battery life, Easily usable by both beginners and advanced shooters
Cons: Expensive, No HD video capture, A couple of minor design missteps, Battery charges in the camera
Digital Photo Review: Samsung TL500 point-and-shoot camera
31 January 2011
Excerpt: (1 items) The Samsung TL500's spec list reads like an all-star team recruited from other advanced point-and-shoot cameras' more enticing qualities. Like the Canon PowerShot G12 , it comes equipped with a flip-and-rotate screen to help with odd-angle shots. Like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 , it offers an ultra-wide-angle 24mm lens (and a separate lens cap).
Pros: Excellent dual-image stabilization, In-camera retouching for RAW images, Solid image quality, Beautiful tilt-and-swivel OLED screen, Ultra-wide-angle lens with F1.8 maximum aperture
Cons: Menu and controls can be unintuitive, Poor video resolution and quality, Battery must be charged in the camera, Macro mode isn't as effective as competing cameras
Excerpt: Ever since the Panasonic LX3 stepped on to the scene, the camera world has been waiting for competing brands to follow suit by creating a compact oriented at professional who want a pocket friendly alternative to their DSLR. Samsung has answered the call with the EX1TL500 10MP Digital Camera ($450) . So what exactly do you get for $450?
Excerpt: The compact camera segment is one that has left me without hope of a decent camera for a long time. Since 2003 I’ve had in my arsenal the gamut of digital compacts ranging from fast super zooms to the highly portable to the control freak Canon G series. Despite my disdain of compact cameras, as an active person who prefers to travel as light as possible, I often do have a need for a quality DSLR alternative, or simply as a backup camera to a minimalist SLR kit.