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Samsung PL90

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and portability. The value for money and responsiveness also get good feedback. Many are critical about the image stabilizer and focus, while there are some mixed reviews about the battery and lens.

usability, responsiveness, value for money, portability, image quality

performance, focus, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung PL90 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 59 reviews)

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Samsung PL90 Review

 

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Incredibly compact ; Easy to use and carry ; Wide 4x optical zoom lens ; Excellent overall image quality ; USB arm is very useful ; Good battery life

Slow camera performance ; microSD cards are slower, easy to lose and not as common ; No HD video capabilities ; No AV cable included

The Samsung PL90 is an ultra-compact point-n-shoot model with great image quality. Although its startup and shot-to-shot are slow, this is an excellent camera for the price. Read more in our

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Samsung PL90 Digital Camera Review

 

The Samsung PL90 is a great little camera for just $149.99. It has excellent performance and a simple-to-use interface. The only thing holding it back from true greatness is some mediocre hardware—something consumers could avoid by spending just a...

The Samsung PL90 is a small, humble camera. It quietly impresses with excellent performance that, alone, make it worth the MSRP of $149.99. The PL90 has a simple, yet effective feature set, is very easy to use, and has a convenient internal USB arm.

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Samsung PL90

 

Excellent performance and a simple-to-use interface, but mediocre hardware

Excellent “color”: accuracy; Good “noise”: performance

So-so “resolution”: tests

The Samsung PL90 is a small, humble camera. It quietly impresses with excellent performance that, alone, make it worth the MSRP of $149.99. The PL90 has a simple, yet effective feature set, is very easy to use, and has a convenient internal USB arm.

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Amazon review summary for Samsung PL90

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Samsung PL90 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

usability, size, zoom

build quality

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Great Camera for the price

 

The auto mode in this camera is pretty good.Specially in very low light rooms.If you want to take the best picture possible, you'll have to learn how to adjust the settings.The video quality is not very good but it does the job.Voice recording is a...

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Great Camera - Great Deal

 

I've been needed a camera that would provide wide angle advantages for close proximity interior photographs, but didn't want to get into the more costly SLR digital units. When I got the Buy.com email with promotions and this unit was listed, I had to...

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Samsung PL90 review

 

The influence of the Flip Video and its bastard offspring continues to be felt. Technologies converge, and it was perhaps inevitable that before too long we would also see a digital stills camera offering the same built-in USB connector arm idea. That...

Inexpensive, solid construction, integral USB “arm”, generally user friendly and responsive

microSD card only, optical zoom occasionally sluggish to respond, battery life is just 200 shots

A simple layout and feature set plus built-in USB connector ensure a beginner-friendly device from the off. For the price you can’t go far wrong, even if we do feel Samsung should have stuck with SD/SDHC cards over microSD

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Samsung PL90 review

 

Samsung seems to be incapable of designing a conventional camera. This one distinguishes itself with a USB plug that swings out of the bottom of the camera – just the thing for PC uploads and charging without a cable or card reader. The use of...

Dependable image quality, but slow performance and basic videos mean there are better buys

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Samsung PL90 review

 

With a flip-out USB connection arm at its base, the Samsung PL90 has purloined a good idea from the pocket-camcorder market, and edges ahead of compact rivals around the £100 mark.

Flip-out USB connection arm offers plug-and-play versatility ; Build quality better than expected ; Point-and-shoot simplicity

MicroSD card compatibility only ; Anti-shake mechanism could be improved ; Resolution drops to 3 megapixels at top ISO 3,200 setting ; Focus falls away at maximum wide angle

The Samsung PL90 is a convenient, inexpensive plug-and-play option for those who just want to snap and go. Flip-out connection arm aside, there are few surprises here, but for a price just in excess of £100 it feels churlish to grumble. We still feel...

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Samsung PL90

 

Say goodbye to cables with built in USB

A very average compact with little new to offer outside of its built-in usb feature. It's budget price tag may not be low enough to beat out older compact rivals.

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: 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:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

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

Memory

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

Power Supply

Battery Model:Samsung BP-70A
Battery Type:Samsung BP-70A / Samsung BP70-A

Recording

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