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This product has definitely been an impressive find. If you are like me, and need a cheap, light, day-to-day sort of Camera, the Samsung PL170 is definitely what you are searching for. It is quite light, and easy to carry around as it is compact. There are no strange gadgets and buttons sticking off of the camera either, allowing it easy storage in bags and such on the run. The quality is quite good in natural sunlight, though photos in rooms lit solely by lights seem to be of lower quality. The coolest feature of this camera is the F.LCD button, which when pressed shows the screen on the side of the camera. No need for a bulky attached viewpoint with this camera! It also provides different filters, effects, focus, and photograph-type related options. It's quite easy to figure out, and easy to import. It is also a decent price.
I am very pleased with this Camera, though I do not advise it to people looking for more professional or higher quality photographs. DEFINITELY a camera for a busy mum to carry around.
The lens and focal range here is also the same as that of the SH100, namely it offers a optically image stabilized 5x zoom starting out at a wideangle 26mm and reaching 130mm at the telephoto end, quoting 35mm equivalent film terms. At the PL170's heart beats a 16.1-megapixel 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor (a higher pixel count than the SH100), with the offer of 720p HD video recording and manually adjustable light sensitivity stretching up to ISO3200 at full resolution. HDMI and joint AV/USB output port is to be found lurking under a side flap, so in other words all the essentials are here that one might reasonably expect from a sub £200 compact camera.
As soon as I saw this camera I fell in love with it. The sleek design and the smooth finish, topped off with a second LCD screen make this my camera of choice. When I took this camera on holiday, this camera made it perfectly easy to take photo's of me and my girlfriend without having to bother a passerby. The use of the second screen made it very easy to position ourselves, while the screen was also used to count down if we used the timer mode for a more naturally posed and wide taken camera. I used the multiple functions while at the zoo, with the auto mode being very useful when a quick picture was needed. However whatever mode was used the quality of the picture was amazing. Even on full zoom into a lion enclosure, when viewed on a computer, the detail of the lion was outstanding being able to notice each individual hair. My summation of this camera is that no matter what the situation be it a night out with friends or a holiday with your partner this camera does well to cope with every situation thrown at it.
The PL170 offers a unique combination of high image quality, fun and engaging special features, and simple usability, which together with Samsung's innovative dual screen technology adds up to a premium compact camera package for easy to capture self portraits.
The PL170 will bring the added value of dual screen technology to all camera users, letting every photographer get out from behind the lens and start self-shooting in style. In addition to the bright 1.5" front screens that allow you to perfectly frame your portrait, this model also incorporates the Easy Self Shot feature, which allows you to turn on only the front screen to give yourself added privacy.
|Product Description:||Samsung PL170 - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - compact|
|Memory Card Slot:||microSD card|
|Sensor Resolution:||16.1 Megapixel|
|Max Video Resolution:||1280 x 720|
|Lens System:||5 x zoom lens - 4.7 - 23.5 mm - f/3.3-5.9|
|Min Focus Distance:||80 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||5 x|
|Camera Flash:||Built-in flash|
|Display:||LCD display - 3"|
|Supported Battery:||1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 740 mAh ( included )|
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio, HDMI|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||9.5 cm x 1.9 cm x 5.7 cm|