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      14.10.2013 22:32
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      A neat little camera

      ==Samsung PL120 Digital Camera Purple==

      In need of a new and up-to-date camera around a year ago, I decided to go to trusty old Argos and purchase something that was going to be easy to use and practice with children. I find it totally baffling when looking through the Argos book or any other retailer as I am not at all technical and generally have no idea what I am meant to be looking for when it comes to purchasing items such as these. However I was in luck when this little beauty caught my eye, purely because it was on a better than half price offer in Argos at the time, which is the only real reason I bought it!

      ==Price and Availability==

      So the recommended retail price of this Samsung camera is around the £170 region. I paid a smidgen over £70 which is around the sort of price that I always seem to pay for my cameras and I personally wouldn't really want to spend out any more for one. Compared with other camera that offered what this camera does, at the time, you really couldn't get better value for money and this was really the only reason that I decided to purchase this one.

      Like I say I purchased mine in Argos although at the time this camera seemed to be in the shop window of a lot of high street retailers and you could pick it up on line quite easily. Now however it doesn't seem to be available other than second hand on various auction sites although you may be able to find a new one from the same sort of sites and generally at a fairly reasonable rate by the looks of things. However I am sure that Samsung have bought out a similar sort of camera just new and improved and this may be worth checking out too.

      ==Look and Design==

      The look of this camera is pretty funky really and far more appealing than any other camera I have owned previously. The one I have is a purple colour but I was aware at the time I bought it, you could also choose a lovely shiny red version or a boring silver one. The purple appealed to me because it is something that is a little different and quite eye catching. The other thing that appeals to me personally is that this camera doesn't look too fussy and has quite a minimal amount of buttons which makes it seem as though it would be easy to use and not too complicated.

      The front of the camera has the majority of the purple colourings with the good sized flash housed in the top left corner and the black lens taking up the right side of the device. There is also a small lens in the top right corner which is where the camera is able to take good selfie shots!by offering a front LCD panel. The side of the camera has the port where the USB adaptor can be put in so that you can connect to either your computer or use an extension cable to the plug so that the camera can be charged without being plugged into the computer. On the top of the camera there are three buttons of different sizes which are the large circular button being the take photo function, the small circular button being the power one and a small rectangle button being the button that will change the camera from taking a regular photo to taking one using the front LCD display. There is also a small speaker on top that works when using the video function of the device. The back of the camera is where you will see a good sized (2.7 inch) LCD display that just about leaves enough room for the neat little collection of buttons which are all labelled and easy to use. The top button is the zoom function which is used by either pushing and holding the protruding button down or up depending on whether you are zooming in or out. The other buttons include the menu, the mode, the play and one where you can choose the various types of settings such as flash, timer and the like.

      The camera uses a rechargeable lithium battery which of course comes with the camera upon purchase. This is housed easily in a little compartment located on the bottom of the camera. The cover of this section is very sturdy and I have never had any problems with it slipping open. Inside this covered area, along with the battery, is also where a small memory card is located. This is a micro SD 4GB card and again this came with the camera. It is easy to remove by the standard push in to remove method.

      ==General Use==

      So I have to admit now that this review is not going to be very technical at all as like I said at the beginning of this review I am not very technical minded and neither am I a keen photographer. I am purely a regular mother who like to take a few family snaps with easy and simplicity and this is what I hoped I would achieve when using this camera, and I was right.

      When turning on the camera the lens pops out of the device ready for action, the back screen lights up and immediately shows you what it can see through the view finder. On the screen are the settings which have been chosen to take the picture and from here it is easy to change any settings you might wish to. Pressing the menu button will bring up the options for the photo function however if you wish to take a video or do a more advanced photo feature change then the mode button would need to be pressed to bring up that menu. The display with each and every menu option is clear and easy to understand what you are doing for the most part. There really is quite a lot of option to choose from and I have to admit that I spent ages setting up what I find to be the best options for me and I haven't fiddled with it since. Of course I have changed the scene mode a few times when perhaps I am shooting a photo at night or in the bright sunlight and again this sort of thing is easy to find on the menu and quick to change.

      I like the option of having a "Smart Auto" function on the camera as this basically means the camera will find the faces of the people who you are taking a photo of and get the right focus on them rather than the background. I am not the best photographer so I do feel that the camera really is helping me along somewhat!

      By far the best option that I think the camera is wonderful for is the children mode. You have the option to set 1 of 5 sounds which will catch any child's attention and while these rather crazy beeping kind of clown noises are being played from the camera the front LCD display is also playing a cute little short film about a penguin. This has always grabbed the attention of any child I am taking a picture of although some times I can get quite an intense little child starring at the camera blank faced rather than a smile and a pose! But hey they are looking in the right direction!

      The camera itself is very light weight too and although it boasts such a good clear quality in the 14.2 mega pixel it has and 5 x optical zoom it seems to me that there is such a lot to offer in such a neat little item. When I have transferred the pictures from the camera to my computer and printed them off I must say that I am happy with the general look and quality of them. The colours seem vibrant and captured well as done the clarity of each shot. The fact that this camera has double the pixel capability of my last camera does mean that I have been used to something that is well under standard for a long time however for me this little Samsung does give great all round performace.


      ==Overall Opinion==

      Personally I can't seem to find anything negative to say about this Samsung PL120 camera. It has good looks and easy to use design whilst looking fresh and rather cool. The front LCD display is a real bonus for all those selfies I take;) and of course the child friendly aspect is wonderful for getting wriggly little people to stop what they are doing and take notice. However that said this does wear off from time to time but thankfully with the five choices of sounds to draw their attention you can change the noises as they get bored with a particular one.

      The camera came with a nice little case which protects it well if you remember to put it safely away each time you use it (which of course I always do!) and this is needed even more so with the fact that there are two LCD displays to protect. The rather chunky instruction booklet it came with has stayed pretty much pristine since I purchased the camera as although it seemed easy to navigate round I feel that the camera menu options are pretty self explanatory and even a photographic novice such as myself was able to set the camera up ready for use and work the camera to more or less its full capability ( or in any case take a half decent photo).

      It is a light compact camera that still offers a high quality when taking pictures and also produces some great pictures too. It is for me a top product which is well deserving of a 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation.

      If you want to know more about this specific camera you can always check out the Samsung website for all the technical stuff on this particular camera here:

      www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/ -camera-camcorder/cameras/compact/EC-PL120ZBPBGB

      I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

      Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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        20.11.2012 03:25
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        Great for beginners, and teens for the fun effects

        I have owned this camera for more than a year now and overall it is a nice compact style with many useful features. It includes a front screen which shows the same image as the back, so you can see the photo you are taking, this is much like looking in a mirror. It also includes many different effects, such as a cartoon strip to catch children's attention, a timer function and a multi shot function to get the perfect shot.
        The main issue I have had with this camera is the processing speed and quality, which are painstakingly slow and blurred respectively. The processing speed seems to decrease if an 'effect' shot is selected, but is very fast for a 'flash' photo. I feel that the slow speed does hinder the 14 megapixel capabilities of the camera as the image almost always turns out blurry even when holding it very still.

        Other than that overall I would only recommend this camera for general use, and generic family photos and fun effects. It would be a great camera for a first time user or teen but this is not capable of producing high quality 'portrait' photos, or great quality landscape photos.

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        29.03.2012 18:55
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        awesome camera for a younger less experienced audience

        if you want a camera for fun shots and occasional days out.u need this.it is super light and thin, shiny and the dual screens are awesome.it has tonnes of features that let you do diffreent things.the camera is so easy to use,i never read the manual,just took it out and i figgured out how to work it.it is very clear in the dayligt and the batterey life is average.it has a movie mode,nigt mode and even a beauty hsots.however this is not profecional and if you need it for other puruses than chilling then you need another camera.overall great fun,little camera
        the dual screen is also fab for taking pictures on social networking sites. as you neverr need to take tonnes of photos till you get a good one.you see our self and SNAP great photo just like u wanted.
        also has a reasonable zoom,and is 16.1 megapixels.enjoy and take freat photos of you and family
        (also the children cartoon is awsome.)

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          03.01.2012 11:43
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          Great camera for the price. Well built / high spec and compact.

          When I look to buy tech productions like camcorders or digital camera's I always shop around, not just for price but for the best specification for the price.

          I like Samsung products, along with Sony and other quality brands.

          My daughter wanted a camera, something small but that had optical zoom and was 'point and shoot'. I wanted to make sure that it also had other features that went beyond the entry level so it would last and offer a few more options (such as HD video).

          The HD video was important as when my daughter goes on trips with school (she's lucky enough to be visiting New York soon) I wanted her to have something that would fit in her pocket, not only take great photo's but also allow her to shoot video to record the sights and sounds.

          This camera fits the bill perfectly. It's slim, high spec and well built. It has a quality lens, optical zoom and features 720p HD video with sound which is very high quality.

          The photo quality is also excellent, very crisp and vibrant in pretty much every situation be in sunny or indoors. There is a good depth to the photos as well and nice colour saturation. I was impressed.

          For anyone who likes to turn the camera on themselves to take a photo at arms length, this is also the camera for you. It has a front screen which is 'invisible' until you activate it - very clever. This let's you point the camera at yourself and take a photo. Great for a special shot of yourself or two or three people where asking someone else to take the photo isn't possible.

          It has all the features you'd expect and more.

          I looked at many cameras before choosing this one. It's great it all lighting conditions and most people will just keep it on the auto settings to take superb photo's. Battery life is excellent as well.

          Top choice for the price, you will not be disappointed.

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            18.12.2011 14:21
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            Excellent value

            I'd been wanting a new camera for ages when I saw this lovely purple one on sale on the Very website. I'll be honest, the main reason I wanted it was the colour! BUT when I actually looked into it it seemed like a very good camera for the price I paid which was £79.99.

            When the camera first arrived I was surprised by just how small and compact it is, it's a great size for carrying around with you as it can easily fit into a pocket, it's smaller than a lot of mobile phones! It also looks great with it's metallic purple finish and the design is simple but stylish.

            It's a 14.2 megapixel camera and so it gives fantastic quality clear photos. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen which takes up most of the back of the camera, as well as a hidden 1.5 inch screen on the front. The main screen is a great size for viewing your photos and you can get a very clear idea of how the photos will come out as the screen is very high quality, unlike others I've had in the past where the screen is not the best quality and so doesn't give a true picture of how the photo will come out.

            The screen on the front is invisible until you want to use it then it appears as if by magic next to the camera lens. This screen can be used to take self-portraits so you can see exactly what picture you're taking instead of just having to hope for the best, and it can also be used to play little distracting images for children to make them look at the camera.

            The camera has loads of different settings which can be used to get the perfect picture in all kinds of different situations, and it's very easy to find and choose these in the menu. As a point-and-shoot camera it really is fantastic and very easy to use, BUT there is also the option to program your own settings and I have not been able to figure out how to do this at all, once I'm in the program screen it doesn't seem to matter what I do nothing seems to change so I'm not really sure how this works. I'm not exactly a technical wizard but I've never not been able to figure out all of the settings and uses for a camera before! So that's perhaps something to consider if you're not very technically minded and would want to use more than just the easy automatic settings.

            On the whole though the camera is easy to use and you can just turn it on and point and shoot without having to mess around with the settings, as the automatic setting is very good at choosing the best options for the conditions that you're shooting in. It also has 5x optical zoom so you're able to get a better and clearer picture without losing any picture quality, then there's also an additional digital zoom for if you don't mind losing a bit of picture quality.

            It has all the usual 'fix' settings that the majority of decent cameras have these days, such as 'beauty shot' where it smooths out imperfections, face recognition, blink detection, red-eye reduction etc. so you can get the nest possible photos very easily and it negates the need to photoshop them afterwards. I've never had any photos come out badly when using this camera, it gives great results every time.

            The battery lasts really well and it can be charged straight from the USB port of your computer which means that every time you connect it to transfer your photos it's getting charged up. The only problem I've had is that sometimes my laptop can't seem to connect to it, but I'm not sure whether that's the camera, the USB cable or the USB port of my laptop, so I can't say it's a downside of the camera.

            All in all a great high quality camera and very good value for money at this price.

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              07.11.2011 18:21
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              wouldn't recommend it !!

              However much I may have loved the look of this camera and how light and compact it was, the camera itself just didn't match up. I decided to purchase this camera after my last one broke, i had spent ages reading reviews when i came across this one. The first thing i loved was the colour and then after reading some good reviews and seeing that it was in price range at only £79 from woolworths I thought it was a gonna be a bargin. However now i wish i'd spent a bit more on a better camera.

              On first appearances the camera looks like it only has one screen. So I was definitly shocked in a good way when I relised it had dual screens. The front screen however is only visable when its turned on and when its off you barely notice it's even there. To turn on the front display theres a certain button you press on the top of the camera unit which turns it on after a couple of seconds. The front screen isn't very big its about 1.5 inches across. But what the front screen lacks in size the back screen makes up for as its much larger. The back screen is 2.7-inch.

              The camera has a 14.2-megapixel image sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens with a good wide angle. This i found came in very handy when i was trying to take self potraits as it ment i was able to fit in more in the frame.. The 14.2mps camera's picture quality is only what i can say is expected for a camera of its price. It works well when using it outside, if its in good light and the colours comes out really well in the pictures however I did notice that some of the stronger tones came across as slightly too vibrant sometimes.

              The camera's features such as the interior and low-light performance i found wasn't as good as some other cameras and I did find that I had to resort to using the built in flash alot of the time. One of the features i was most looking forward to about this camera was being able to record videos . Which you can record but at 720p the quality isn't of them isnt very good.

              This camera isn't as intrutive as my previous camera either. Which became really obvious when i began to play around with the zoom control which consists of an odd lever that you have to press up and down. Thankfully the rest of the buttons such as the menu are alot more modern and up to date than this but the camera's menu screens are annoying to plough through and extremely complicated to get to grips with. Depending on which mode you're shooting in, you can end up with numerous icons appearing on your screen that you have to spend days trying to get rid of and have no idea what there for or how they got there. This ends up leaving your screen very cluttered and can make it hard when trying to take pictures.

              Another annoying downside I found about this camera was that, the camera only takes a microSD or microSDHC memory card. So I found normal SD cards wont fit the camera , which i wish i'd known before purchasing it. Luckily however I easily solved this as you can buy a really good quality 8GB card for it from pc world, which holds around 1500 pictures and up to 25mins of video.

              overall I wouldnt recommend this camera .. yeah its looks nice and is small, but thats about it. I would definitly tell anyone to spend a little extra and get a better camera, as wish I had now .

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