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SamsungTL500 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 48 reviews)

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    (30)

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    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (33)
  • Large clear LCD (29)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Good in low light (27)
  • Image stabilization (25)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (17)
  • No viewfinder (9)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • No HD video (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Low light (27)
  • Travel (25)
  • Family photos (23)
  • Weddings (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect camera for DSLR users!!!

I use this camera as a everyday, don't want to lug around my DSLR, camera. I love street photography and this camera does it all. Wide angle is great for big street...Read complete review

I use this camera as a everyday, don't want to lug around my DSLR, camera. I love street photography and this camera does it all. Wide angle is great for big street scenes. Also been working on some Landscape shots. With a little working knowledge of the camera OOC pictures are great. Scene modes are very accurate. Manual and Aperture modes are easy to adjust with wheels and dials. Build quality is top notch. It feels good and solid in my hands. The placement of the wheel, buttons, and dials seem nature coming from a dslr. I'm not saying this camera can take the place of your DSLR, but it was never meant to. I haven't been disappointed yet having this with me instead of my big boy. I can't tell you about the video because I don't use a camera for that.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

raw converter not compatible with mac

i bought this camera thinking about shooting in raw.
i must say that i am very disappointed that the disc that come with it, is not compatible with mac.
it is a...Read complete review

i bought this camera thinking about shooting in raw.
i must say that i am very disappointed that the disc that come with it, is not compatible with mac.
it is a great camera to bad.

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1.0

bad luck x2

By eye4pix

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

        I have had two of these - both were defective! The first had a bad sensor -returned to retailer immediately. The second develped malfunctioning flash and aperture after 4 months. I liked the desigh of the camera - too bad it has such quality/reliability issues.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        A must have camera, great images & build

        By Photojuice

        from KL, Malaysia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

        This would be one of the fews thing I would save should my home goes up in flames!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Solid, well-designed, performance

        By Will H

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

          I did a extensive research before buying this camera. I was looking for an alternative to my SLRs for those times when I didn't want to carry a lot of gear, such as casual photography, street shooting, travel, or hiking/biking. I was not interested in an ILC (I do not need to buy more lenses!) My requirements were a solid (i.e. meal body) build, a larger sensor and 10 megapixel with a fast lens. The Schneider-Kreuznach 1.8 lens on this camera is superb. The zoom range is quite adequate for my purposes and does not sacrifice image quality for reach. The image stabilization is very satisfactory. Picture quality has been excellent. I appreciate the size and feel of the camera -not too small and has some heft (this is not a pocket camera). Controls are well thought out and intuitive settings can be manipulated without recourse to the menus. However, the menu lay out is very clear and accessible. Finally, the articulated AMOLED screen is fantastic. The ability to rotate the screen really facilitates shooting in those situations when you get a difficult camera angle. The screen itself is fabulously crisp and bright. I also appreciate that the screen can be turned in toward the camera body when it is not in use, affording it extra protection. I purchased the SEF15A external flash and the Samsung Remote for the camera. I am very pleased with both. While the on-camera flash unit is very adequate for what it is, the SEF15A gives you a little more reach and also saves the camera battery if you are in a situation where you are using the flash repeatedly. I have not tried the video features yet and don't really have much interest in shooting video. I really have no dislikes about the camera. On a 1 to 5 scale, I'd give the camera a 5. Purchased from B&H - always satisfied!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Best point and shoot I ever used!!!

          By wolfgar

          from chicago,Il

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great fast lens
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

            I must say Bravo to Samsung(and B&H for the package with Adobe Lightroom3)PRO'S: The great build and feel,its like my 35mm film rangefinders(Olympus 35RC and XA) only easier to use.The lens,24mm wide(in 35 format speaks)and fast!Raw capture!Very good jpeg photo's The screen is the best I have used,bright sun included.The menu is easier than most and has enough dedicated buttons and dials to make it easier.That being said NO camera is perfect.You can't assign a function to a different button,I don't take video,so direct iso or metering function?Firmware upgrade? Also the battery life is unremarkable, you NEED 2 it gives very little warning! All and all this camera is first rate,a joy to use plus Great photo's

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Shoot first think after!!

            By Pato

            from Paris France

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor Image Stabilization

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

            Lack of built-in viewfinder is definitively the main cons

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little camera at a great price

            By Cole-Scott

            from Mount Washington Vally, NH

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

              Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

              I purchased this for all the times I don't want to haul my dslr's with me but still may run into worthwhile photo ops. The TL500/EX-1 is perfect for the assignment. Super lens, extensive shooting options, fast/easy operation, relatively wide shooting parameters and RAW files to boot. The rotating LCD is dynamite...offering a multiplicity of shooting angles. (great for the street). Would love a viewfinder as well but this provides the ability to shoot like a waist-level finder, so far less limiting than fixed lcd p&s cameras.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              raw converter not compatible with mac

              By nass212

              from new york

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

              i bought this camera thinking about shooting in raw.
              i must say that i am very disappointed that the disc that come with it, is not compatible with mac.
              it is a great camera to bad.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It works!

              By Wife needs a camera

              from Tucson

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Wanted a point & shoot that offers some of the features of a SLR. It works. Some of the pictures look amazing and other look like a point and shoot camera. A little bulky but not bad.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By shirolex

                  from London

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                    I brought the Samsung EX1,to photograph
                    flowers, landscapes and to take portait and create photos of daily life.

                    its has a great facilities, especially when in manual mode, I just love to shoot all my photos in manual mode, the raw file images has really taken me back. This camera took me one month of consider its features and facilities, I am so please that I made the right choice.It is a good semi-pro camera, with exceptional great facilities,it produces a great quality of images in all format, which can be enhance by adobe photoshop software, light room or Acdsee when using raw or jpeg files.

                    Hey one can complaint about the slowness to save to memory, it has its faults, however one should buy a faster sd card to over come this problem.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    TL500 Digital Camera (Black) by Samsung

                    By Dejan

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Excellent camera, great quality, amazing photos!!! Worth every penny

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Excellent hardware, UI lacks features

                      By Manu_H

                      from Montreal, Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast lens
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No HD Video
                      • No Viewfinder
                      • Poor customization

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      It's a camera that could have been better. Great high ISO performance for its class. The lens is top notch (f1.8-2.4, 7 blades) although it does only macro at 24mm. The AMOLED screen is very bright and it's the only one in its class which is articulated. Also very good is the two control dials, the placements of the top dials, etc.
                      Now the big downside IMHO is the User Interface and firmware features. It simply doesn't live up to my expectations:
                      - no live histogram when changing exposure compensation
                      - the dials are not customizable.
                      - Features not available when shooting RAW (face detection, auto-bracketing -the most irritating one)
                      - no intervalometer
                      - Noise removal is not controllable in JPEG
                      - No program shift
                      - ISO is not displayed when in auto ISO
                      - No blinking highlights/shadows, no RGB histogram
                      It's still better than most compacts although I'd expect the likes of S95/LX-5 to be better in this regards.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      excellent

                      By Javier

                      from Buenos Aires

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay
                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Nice Camera, ideal for pro photographer who needs a little pro camera for day by day use.
                      Has two dials, all manual, nice f1.8, and great manufacture.
                      Classic style design.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 6
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      1.0

                      Camera will self destruct quickly!

                      By HammerDown

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                          My daughters gave me this camera on Father's day with my approval. This was the camera I thought would be near perfect. Fast sharp lens, best screen available in a compact, solid metal body. I really wanted to love this camera. It so much reminded me of my Contax T2 and Rollei 35S. I thought I was in Heaven. Well, I charged the battery and shot about a dozen or so Jpeg's and the thing froze up like a ice cube for no reason. I tried everything, changed flash card, recharged battery, remove battery overnight to no avail. Come on, really, this is unacceptable today! I have used many cameras over the years, and never had a problem with Leica , Contax, Nikon Canon, Fuji, Pentax, well you get my point. [...] I will never buy a Samsung product again! Sorry

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          It's an incredible camera

                          By Bo

                          from Palm Coast, FL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            I'm not an expert when it comes to photography. I do however know a good photograph when I see one. This camera takes perfect pictures in virtually every setting. I'm so impressed with its low-light photos that I find myself taking pictures of obscure objects in the dark just to see the results. It's quick, comfortable and extremely well made. If you're somewhat confused by all the expert reviews, as I was, and just want a camera that takes exceptional pictures without all the posing that a flash requires, this could be the camera for you.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great for what I wanted

                            By TitleUp

                            from Northern US

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            I use the camera to take pictures of documents. I bought the camera solely because of the tilting LCD screen. The camera takes superb pictures, it is awesome! The screen is amazing and does all that I want.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great low-light camera--street shooting!

                            By j-pete

                            from St. Paul, MN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time

                            Cons

                            • No Viewfinder

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            This camera works well for low-light street shooting in a photojournalistic style. It is solid, mostly metal construction and has only a short lag time for shutter release. It feels like a quality, classic film camera. The hot shoe works well with generic flashes and you can get perfect flash exposure with a little testing. Yes, an auxillary optical viewfinder would be a plus (available in Europe). You can also use a 24mm optical vf sold through the Voightlander/Cosina brand. Although the screen rotates and can be used at waistlevel, in bright sun it is still impossible to see. It zooms only in the range of 24 to 72 mm (f1.8 to 2.4)--it would be nice to have 90 mm or 105mm at times! It shows a lot of integrity in design that it doesn't end with a 287 mm f10.6 like many of the poor quality digital cameras out there.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            The best camera ever!

                            By Stephanie

                            from Minneapolis, MN

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good in Low Light

                            Cons

                            • Limited Zoom

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            I ordered this product a few weeks ago, and I love it! This carmera gives clear shots and has same quality as DSLR camera. Very easy to use and good in low light. limited zoom is the one thing I can point out for cons. Love it!

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great camera

                            By ALH81005

                            from Houston TX

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Limited Zoom

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            Great in low light, without flash. Color balance very nice.
                            Image stabilization good.
                            Would have liked more Zoom.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 7
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            With no compromise!

                            By NRgiZR

                            from France

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Limited Zoom
                            • No Viewfinder
                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            It is my second camera, and I'm really delighted with it. Very strong form factor together with high quality lens and pivotal AMOLED screen make this camera a fantastic machine to take very good quality pictures. You can't simply find better for this price!

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Best vari-angle and bright lens camera

                            By Naka

                            from Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • Limited Zoom
                            • No Viewfinder
                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black):

                            After searching for a camera with the following specs, bought this one and I'm loving it:
                            a)Vari-angle display (this camera has it, and is AMOLED)
                            b)Fast lens (f1.8 and it is ultra wide, 24mm)
                            c)Compact (smaller than the Canon G12)
                            So far, the only cons is that it does not record movies in HD.
                            I always take this camera with me, no matter where I'm going; take really great photos with low light conditions.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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