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Samsung PL120 Purple
Member Name: sarahnx
Samsung PL120 Purple
Advantages: looks nice . Is very light and compact.
Disadvantages: poor video quality, hard to use.
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 .
Summary: wouldn't recommend it !!
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