Summary: What's going on with the Samsung PL150's lens? We're used to seeing some drop-off in sharpness at full zoom, but this is much more serious and undermines the value of the whole camera. That's a shame, because the PL150's twin displays, high-class styling and user-friendly features are otherwise rather good
Pros: Useful front-mounted LCD display; impressive styling and build quality; efficient control layout.
Cons: Terrible picture quality at full zoom makes any other quibbles pale into insignificance.
Conclusion: The dual LCD screens are a particularly appealing selling point given the prevalence of self-portraiture among photo-takers and the overall ease-of-use of this unit coupled with its affordable price tag make it a recommendable compact particularly to those who don’t take their photography too seriously.
Excerpt: , their $249.00 point-and-shoot camera with a dual LCDs and a slew of features unseen anywhere else. Many of the innovations don’t just make sense; they’re downright brilliant. But a few of the features seem unnecessary and frankly are head scratchers, is there such a thing as too much innovation on one device?
Excerpt: Constructed out of robust plastic with a glossy black finish and complemented by subtle red detailing, the Samsung PL150 is a very stylish and slim compact camera, especially considering its budget price-tag. The 5x optical lens extends to provide a 27-135mm focal length, versatile enough for anything from wide-angle landscapes to candid head and shoulder portraits, although there are other similarly-sized models that offer a bigger zoom.
Summary: This is a small – almost dainty – digital camera that will easily fit in a pocket or purse. It is predominately black with certain silvered buttons and a grey band along the top and one side. I would even consider it stylish.
Conclusion: Overall the Samsung fulfils its aim of being a fun and easy to use compact camera, well suited to general family photography. The images and video suffer from a general softness and lack of detail, so if absolute quality is important to you then this is unlikely to be the camera to pick. However, whilst the front-facing LCD may seem like something of a gimmick, we can't deny the fun it brings to the camera.
Pros: Second screen useful and fun, easy to use, style effects add some creative scope
Cons: Overall image quality isn't great, video quality isn't great