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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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, Gener...
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...
Summary: Samsung’s TL500 (EX-1 in Europe) is not your typical compact digital camera. The TL500 can function nicely as a point and shoot camera, but it was designed for photo enthusiasts. The very compact TL500 is attractive in an understated way, feels solid and stable in your hands, and features a robustly...
Pros: Good image quality, Low noise levels to ISO 800, Intuitive controls
Cons: No HD video, Costly, No quick access to EV compensation
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.
Excerpt: When people think of manufacturers who make compact digital cameras, few will probably think of Samsung. Though recently, it seems Samsung has been building more photographic equipment, and been doing a great job of it too.
Summary: The Samsung TL500 deserves a spot on the shortlist of solid, compact cameras. If you are looking into advanced-compact cameras, the TL500 should be on the radar alongside the Panasonic LX5 and the upcoming Canon G12.