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Samsung PL80

We have collected and analyzed 15 expert reviews and 40 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 64/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is Dec 8, 2010. We have compared these reviews to 780569 reviews from other Digital Compact Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 86/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 18, 2014.

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(Based on 55 reviews)

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Samsung PL80 compact camera review


The Samsung PL80 compact camera is an entry-level point and shoot model pitched in at an affordable price. It offers a range of simple to use features in a package that is designed to deliver results with minimal fuss.

Build quality at this price, simple to use, compact

Image quality is only average, noise from mid-ISO range upwards is a problem

The Samsung PL80 is easy to use and the lack of features to get lost in means it will suit those who literally just want to point and shoot at a price that is right

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Samsung PL80


With 5x zoom and optical image stabilisation, is the PL80 good value for money?

which we reviewed a few months ago. It has the same sensor, the same monitor screen, same software and mostly the same features. However despite its superior specification the PL80 is slimmer and lighter than its stablemate. It's a nice looking camera,...

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Samsung PL80 review


The Samsung PL80 is pleasant to use, with some smart and useful features. In the long run, however, you may wish you'd spent slightly more cash on a better camera. The PL80 may give you a good set of specs for the money, but you can't really say the...

Good build quality and design ; Decent zoom range ; Handy USB charging system

Poor lens quality at full zoom ; Some overexposure outdoors ; Mushy detail towards the edges of shots

Conclusion For the money, the Samsung PL80 offers more than you'd expect in terms of specs, features and finish, but rather less than you might hope for in terms of picture quality. It might be alright for undemanding users, but the fact is you can get...


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Samsung PL80


Can the Samsung PL80 exceed the expectations of a budget camera?

Looks good, bright screen, decent colours

Lack of tone and sharpness due to post-processing

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Samsung PL80 Digital Camera


Having recently looked at a dual TFT screen from Samsung this modern looking (mine was bright red) digital camera looks near normal. But not that long ago a 28mm wide angle lens and 5x optical zoom would not be normal.

12MP 4000x3000, 10MP 3984x2656 (3:2), 9MP 3968x2232 (wide), 8MP 3264x2448, 5MP 2592x1944, 3MP 2048x1536 and 1MP1024x768. In movie mode there are two choices 640x480 and 320x240 both in either 30FPS or 15FPS

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Samsung PL80


Samsung has long wanted a slice of the lucrative digital compact camera market, but past offerings have often failed to excite. While shunning some of the quirky designs and dubious build of previous entry-level models, the new PL80, with its a...

We had high hopes for the Samsung PL80 - it certainly looks good on paper and feels well made - but the lacklustre performance means that we were left feeling somewhat underwhelmed

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Review of Samsung PL80 Digital Camera


Good points: Takes high quality pictures with good definition. High internal memory of all camera's on test. Smooth zoom. Drawbacks: When zooming, pictures appear blurred on screen until an image is captured. Little confusing menu setup.

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Amazon review summary for Samsung PL80


alaTest has collected and analysed 11 user reviews of Samsung PL80 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, screen, usability, focus, glare

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung PL80 Digital Camera - Black (12.2MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch TFTSamsung PL80 Digital Camera - Silver (12.2MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch TFTSamsung PL80 Digital Camera - Red (12.2MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch TFT screen

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Samsung PL80/PL81


Size and colour were attractive decisions, ease of use and good large screen great. A lovely little practical camera for daily quick pics

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Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No