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Samsung SL820

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and design. The performance and value for money also get good reviews, but there are some negative views about the lens.

image quality, value for money, performance, design, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung SL820 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung SL820


Samsung's 12.2-megapixel SL820 ($279.99 list) is a good choice for photographers looking for big features at a competitive price. The camera offers a large, contrast-rich LCD, 720p30 high definition video capture, a 5x optical zoom lensand it takes...

Solid image quality. Wide-angle 5x zoom lens. Large, sharp 3-inch LCD. 720p30 HD video capture. No notable noise in images up to ISO 800

Bulky. Audio isn't recorded when zooming during video capture. Camera does not automatically enter Macro mode when shooting close-ups. HDMI out via optional $79.99 docking station only. Proprietary USB port

Samsung's SL820 point and shooter is far from svelte, but with a 5x zoom lens, a beautiful 3-inch LCD, and HD video capture, it isn't short on features.

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Samsung SL820


The Samsung SL820 is a nice versatile camera for the novice photographer. The rechargeable lithium ion battery and the wide array of accepted memory cards is a plus for those who like to shoot on the go and don't like to bring extra batteries. It holds...

Self portrait feature is nice for quick group shots or personal shotsAuto-fix mode makes for easy picture takingRugged appearance is visually interestingButton position is nice and intuitiveMotion capture in 720p is great for the HD turn over

The Samsung SL820 digital camera is one of the many Samsung digital...

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Amazon review summary for Samsung SL820


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Samsung SL820 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung SL820 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD (Silver)Samsung SL820 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD (Black)Samsung SL820 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD (Black)


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Nice price to extra quality


I do my research on a lot of cameras and their prices and buy this camera.

The camera has nice elegant design ; The highest quality act when sunny ; For daily simple use best choice ; And don't forget you have HD movies in nice quality and perfect price


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takes excellent pictures and is fast


It's a great camera. Good design and battery life. The only thing I find difficult is when i take pictures in night mode. Your hands need to be very steady while taking pictures in night mode otherwise, pics get blurry. In any camera, night mode is...

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Nice pocket all-in-one


I went for the Samsung SL820 because I got used to the layout and the value of their cameras, all great buys for the price. This one offered 12 megapixels, nice wide angle (28mm equiv) starting point for the 5x zoom, and the description mentioned HD...

Product Specifications

Now it's easy to capture all the details that make memories so special. The SL820 includes a powerful 12 megapixels and 5x optical zoom so you can get close to the action. Plus, the 24 mm ultra wide angle lens gives you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance. And the dual image stabilization makes every shot a beauty. The most stunning photos come from a Samsung digital camera.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SLB-10A

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Back light / Beach/snow / Beauty shot / Children / Close-up / Dawn / Fireworks / Landscape / Night portrait / Sunset / Text


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.4-5.8
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Calm / Classic / Cool / Custom Effect / Forest / Negative / Noise / Retro / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None