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Samsung EX1 / TL500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 481 reviews of Samsung EX1 / TL500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and lens. The usability and portability also get good feedback. The contrast and focus get mixed reviews. There are some critical comments about the connectivity and shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung EX1 / TL500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung EX1 / TL500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Samsung EX1 / TL500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the screen and image quality. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the durability.

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95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung EX1 / TL500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Samsung EX1 / TL500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Barney Britton (dpreview.com)

Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras

 

The ranks of photographers' compacts have been swelled by the arrival of the likes of the Fujifilm X10, Canon G12 and Nikon CoolPix P7100. After extensive use of all these cameras, here we see where these latest offerings sit in comparison with the...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Samsung TL500 review

 

For a first entry into enthusiast compact territory, Samsung puts in a credible showing with its TL500, an attractive camera with a thoughtful design, fast f1.8 lens, and flip-and-twist AMOLED display. But it faces some steep competition and ultimately...

The Samsung TL500 has an attractive design and a bright flip-and-twist display.

Some irritating control placements, inconsistent photo quality, and an uninspiring feature set tarnish the TL500's appeal.

Less than the sum of its parts, the Samsung TL500 is a solid camera, but it just can't keep up with veteran players in the competitive enthusiast compact market.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Samsung TL500

 

The Samsung TL500's spec list reads like an all-star team recruited from other advanced point-and-shoot cameras' more enticing qualities. Like the Canon PowerShot G12, it comes equipped with a flip-and-rotate screen to help with odd-angle shots. Like...

Excellent dual-image stabilization ; In-camera retouching for RAW images ; Solid image quality ; Beautiful tilt-and-swivel OLED screen ; Ultra-wide-angle lens with F1.8 maximum aperture

Menu and controls can be unintuitive ; Poor video resolution and quality ; Battery must be charged in the camera ; Macro mode isn't as effective as competing cameras

The Samsung TL500 has some drool-worthy specs and shoots great photos, but it stumbles on usability and video quality.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Samsung TL500

 

Samsung's TL500 delivers beautiful images even in poor lighting, but for a pocket camera it has a big body and a big price tag—and there's no HD video capture.

Sharp images. Great low light performance. Articulating high-resolution OLED display. Micro-HDMI port.

Bulky. Expensive. No high-definition video capture. Noticeable shutter lag. Proprietary USB port.

Connectivity and Conclusions You can play your images and videos back on any HDTV via the TL500's micro-HDMI port. The camera writes photos and videos to SDHC memory cards, which can be easily transferred to your computer via a card reader. The TL500...

Nov, 2010

SILVER AWARD!

Expert review by : Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Samsung TL500/EX1 Review

 

As DSLRs have become less expensive, the number of people keen to buy high-end, manually controllable compact cameras has fallen away - so long as camera size isn't an issue, the benefits of a larger sensor are hard to resist. However, because size is...

Good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings ; Extremely bright F1.8-2.4 lens ; Useful 24mm equiv. wide angle ; High ISO performance good up to ISO 800 (and higher if processed from RAW) ; Accessible, quick-to-use manual controls ; Superb...

Highlight clipping and channel clipping in bright, high-contrast conditions ; Unpredictable metering requires regular use of exposure compensation ; No control over noise reduction (which is excessive at high ISO settings) ; Video limited to VGA...

The TL500 / EX1 is a very capable and well-featured photographers' compact camera. Its excellent (and articulated) OLED screen helps distinguish it from the conceptually similar Panasonic LX3. Overall it's among the best compact cameras available if...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Samsung TL500/EX1 Review

 

Samsung has put together a worthy competitor in the "compact prosumer" category. It offers image quality and High ISO performance that is matched by few cameras of the same size, however you pay a hefty price for these performance results and features....

Excellent build quality ; Intuitive control layout ; High quality 3x optical zoom with a fast f/1.8 max. aperture ; Captures beautiful 10-megapixel still photos ; Robust shooting performance ; Awesome 3.0-inch, rotating AMOLED display ; Excellent High...

No HD video capture option ; Weak built-in flash ; Auto WB setting wasn't always accurate ; No A/V cable included ; Battery charges in the camera, which means you can't charge a secondary pack while using the camera

Samsung has put together a worthy competitor in the "compact prosumer" category. It offers image quality and High ISO performance that is matched by few cameras of the same size, however you pay a hefty price for these performance results and features....

Oct, 2010

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Samsung EX1 Review

 

The Samsung EX1 (also known as the Samsung TL500) is a new 10 megapixel compact camera aimed at serious photographers. The pocketable EX1 features a large 1/1.7” CCD sensor, bright f/1.8 lens with a 3x focal range of 24-72mm, and a 3 inch swivelling...

Samsung have certainly come a long way in a short time in the digital camera market. We can still remember the cheap multi-coloured look-alikes that the Korean giant used to churn out by their thousands, but recent cameras like the NX10 and now the new...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : By Thom (bythom.com)

Samsung TL500 Review

 

Samsung's getting closer. Watch out Canon/Nikon/Sony/Panasonic. What is it? The Samsung TL500 is a largish compact camera with some very desirable features. The 10mp 1/1.7" CCD sensor, 24-72mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.4 Schneider-Kreuznach lens (with a...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Samsung TL500 Review

 

Samsung digicams often provide better performance than their competition at the same price point and that's the case with the TL500. After carrying this nifty little digital camera with me just about everywhere I've gone for the last few weeks, the...

Excellent Schneider zoom with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, Intuitive control layout, Very impressive noise mangement, Decent battery life, Easily usable by both beginners and advanced shooters

Expensive, No HD video capture, A couple of minor design missteps, Battery charges in the camera

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Peter K Burian (pixiq.com)

Lumix DMC-LX5 vs. Samsung TL500 (EX1) Review

 

Which Is The Best Compact High-Grade Digicam?

ready for a prosumer-grade compact, review the full Specs on the manufacturers' web sites and then check ... or the most convenient to operate. Take a few photos with each one, using your own memory cards; review them ... Schneider-Kreuznach Lumix...

Dec, 2010

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