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Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black)

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Samsung TL500 Digital Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 10 Megapixels
  • Fast F1.8-F2.4 Schneider-KREUZNACH Lens
  • Very Wideangle 24-72mm (Equivalent) Lens
  • Auto or Full Manual Control
Samsung's TL500 Digital Camera (Black) is their most ambitious point-and-shoot yet: a 10-megapixel camera with a F1.8-2.4 Schneider-KREUZNACH 35mm equivalent 24-72mm lens that is one of the fastest and one of the widest lenses in this category. This gives the TL500 a decided edge in shooting under low-light conditions and provides a more professional look for your photos (the 24mm lens is a workhorse for many professionals, but rarely found in this class of camera). Coupled with ISO ratings stretching up to 3200 and the Dual Image Stabilization system, the TL500 can handle almost any situation that you encounter.

In addition to a wide range of shooting and focusing modes, creative color effects (Sketch, Defog, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB), automatic optimized settings for common situations (Night, Portrait, Fireworks, Macro, Sunset, Backlight, etc.), and a "smart" filter that gives you fish-eye, vignetting, and "miniature" effects; the TL500 gives you professional tools like a hotshoe for an auxiliary flash (in addition to the built-in flash), plus RAW and JPEG shooting capability for getting the absolute best from your photographs.

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Samsung TL500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Quality Optics and Images
  • 3Advanced Options
  • 4Shooting Modes

Samsung's TL500 Digital Camera (Black) is their most ambitious point-and-shoot yet: a 10-megapixel camera with a F1.8-2.4 Schneider-KREUZNACH 35mm equivalent 24-72mm lens that is one of the fastest and one of the widest lenses in this category. This gives the TL500 a decided edge in shooting under low-light conditions and provides a more professional look for your photos (the 24mm lens is a workhorse for many professionals, but rarely found in this class of camera). Coupled with ISO ratings stretching up to 3200 and the Dual Image Stabilization system, the TL500 can handle almost any situation that you encounter.

In addition to a wide range of shooting and focusing modes, creative color effects (Sketch, Defog, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB), automatic optimized settings for common situations (Night, Portrait, Fireworks, Macro, Sunset, Backlight, etc.), and a "smart" filter that gives you fish-eye, vignetting, and "miniature" effects; the TL500 gives you professional tools like a hotshoe for an auxiliary flash (in addition to the built-in flash), plus RAW and JPEG shooting capability for getting the absolute best from your photographs.

A 3" AMOLED VGA rotating display makes composing and playback a pleasure. The TL500 also features Single Image, Thumbnails, Multi-slide show, and Smart Album playback options, and in-camera editing options. And, you can shoot video at 15 or 30 FPS at up to 640x480 resolution. 

High-Quality Optics and Images

An ultra-fast f/1.8 lens allows photographers to take better photos in low light, and delivers shallow depth-of-field, giving them the ability to blur the background of their images. The new high-performance 1/1.7" CCD sensor is larger than sensors typically found in compact digital cameras, and high sensitivity (max ISO 3200), together with Samsung's imaging processor, ensures that the TL500 can capture high-quality images, regardless of the lighting environment. The 24-72mm (35mm equivalent) ultra-wide 3x optical zoom lens allows photographers to capture more of a scene, from a beautiful landscape to groups of friends or family.

Advanced Options

The TL500 supports RAW as well as JPEG files, giving photographers full control over their images with shutter priority, aperture priority and full manual shooting modes. A photographer can experiment with features such as slower shutter speeds and depth-of-field; for those who prefer convenience over manual controls, the TL500 offers Samsung's Smart Auto (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology. Operational for video recording (640x480/30fps/H.264) and still photos, this feature analyzes a scene and automatically selects the appropriate settings for the best results possible--it's effortless and users don't have to sacrifice image quality for simplicity.

Shooting Modes

The TL500 has a wide variety of shooting modes available, including color style options like Soft, Vivid, Retro, Cool Calm, Classic, Negative, and Custom RGB; Smart Mode, which recognizes and optimizes settings for common situations like Landscape, Fireworks, Night Portrait, Macro, Beach, Snow, Backlit Portrait, Tripod, Sunset, Dawn, etc.; and Smart Filter, which can give you the look of a fish-eye lens, old-fashioned vignetting, and "miniature" effect that makes the scene you shoot look like a miniature model (through selective focus).

Samsung TL500 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 10 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent H, Manual, Tungsten
Flash
Flash ModesAuto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash ConnectionNone

Samsung TL500 Reviews

bad luck x2

By eye4pix
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2012-04-12

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.

Great little camera at a great price

By Cole-Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-08-29

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.

raw converter not compatible with mac

By nass212
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2011-08-11

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.

It works!

By Erik the Runner
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-08-02

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.

A must have camera, great images & build

By Photojuice
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-12-11

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

Solid, well-designed, performance

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-12-09

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!

Best point and shoot I ever used!!!

By wolfgar
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-09-13

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

Shoot first think after!!

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-09-07

Lack of built-in viewfinder is definitively the main cons

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