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Samsung EC-TL500ZBPBUS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black)

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  • 10 Megapixels
  • 3X Optical Zoom with Schneider 24Mm Wide Angle Lens. F/1.8-2.4
  • 3" Amoled Rotating Screen
  • Auto Or Full Manual Control
  • Up To Is0 3200
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: EC-TL500ZBPBUS
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003N2YVKW
  • Item model number: EC-TL500ZBPBUS
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,563 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 19, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Take panoramic pictures from virtually any angle using the Samsung TL500 10-Megapixel Rotating LCD Digital Camera. The 24mm wide-angle F1.8 lens let you capture family gatherings or sweeping scenery, while 1/1.7-inch CCD sensors yield high-quality images even in low lighting. The Smart Range feature reduces both bright and dark spots. The camera is equipped with a 3-inch AMOLED display that swivels so you can see your shot clearly from almost any angle.

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TL500 Rotating LCD Digital Camera (Black)
At a Glance:
  • Wide-angle lens and remarkable depth of field for taking wide-view pictures

  • 1/1.7-inch CCD sensors produce low-noise images in low lighting

  • In-camera lossless editing--adjust exposure, color, and more of RAW files

  • 3-inch AMOLED display swivels, so you can see your shot from any angle

  • Smart Filter effects to give your pictures an artistic look

  • One-year limited warranty on parts and labor
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Samsung TL500 10 Megapixel Rotating LCD Digital Camera (Black) Product Shot
Features a 24mm wide-angle lens for capturing panoramic views. View larger.
Samsung TL500 10 Megapixel Rotating LCD Digital Camera (Black) Product Shot
3-inch AMOLED display swivels for perfectly framed pictures from any angle. View larger.
Samsung TL500 10 Megapixel Rotating LCD Digital Camera (Black) Product Shot
Multiple mode settings offer more control and options for capturing that perfect shot. View larger.
Wide-Angle Lens for Panoramic Shots
The Samsung TL500 offers a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and remarkable depth of field through a wider range of aperture stops. With the 24mm, wide-angle Schneider Kreuznach lens and 3x optical zoom, you can take wide-view shots that capture your whole family or expansive vistas.

Dual image stabilization offers the mechanical precision and digital technology of both optical and digital image stabilization, so your pictures will be clear no matter where you position the camera.

Reduced Image Noise in Low Light with CCD Sensors
The Samsung TL500 is equipped with CCD sensors for reduced image noise in low lighting. The 1/1.7-inch sensors offer exceptional sensitivity, with a maximum ISO of 3,200 at full resolution, to deliver high-quality, low-noise images regardless of lighting conditions.

With the Smart Range feature, bright spots aren't saturated, and dark spots aren't too dark. The function captures and displays a clear image in the same frame, providing an optimal view.

AMOLED Swivel Screen Lets You View from Any Angle
The 3-inch AMOLED display swivels so that you can capture photos from any angle and still see what you're shooting. The display is evenly lit--no sidelighting or backlighting--so it's still easy to see from extreme angles. In addition, its 10,000:1 contrast ratio provides clearer images in true colors. AMOLED displays express sharp pictures with rich color, even in bright sunlight, and have a response rate 3,000 times faster than LCD.

Multiple Camera Settings Give You More Control
Adjust the settings of the Samsung TL500 on the fly with dual dials featuring common options like aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and color temperature.

Three manual mode settings give you more options when shooting. Use the Aperture Priority mode to decide what to keep in focus. Switch to Shutter Priority to capture fast-action shots, or Full Manual Control for the most creative freedom.

The Samsung TL500 is also designed to let you edit uncompressed RAW image files right in the camera, and adjust exposure, color, contrast, or resolution with no loss of information.

Advanced Effects for Your Photos with Smart Filter
The Samsung TL500 contains Smart Filter, a collection of seven lens effects that give your still shots an artistic edge. These include a miniature filter, which miniaturizes everything in your picture; a vignetting filter, which delivers a striking compositional contrast; and a fish-eye filter, which zooms in to give your subject a cool, distorted look.

Smart Auto 2.0 Creates the Perfect Shot
With the Samsung TL500's Smart Auto feature, you can capture the picture you have in mind. This scene-recognition technology automatically chooses from among 16 different settings, ranging from landscape to portrait, and adjusts camera settings so that you get a perfect shot.

Product and Warranty Information
The Samsung TL500 is equipped with a 24mm Schneider wide-angle lens with 3x optical zoom and a rotating 3-inch VGA AMOLED screen. It offers 1 GB internal memory, and accepts external SD and SDHC cards up to 8 GB. The camera weighs 0.78 pounds.

The Samsung TL500 is backed by a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
Camera, AC adapter/USB cable, rechargeable battery, strap, user manual CD-ROM, and quick start manual.


Product Description

10 Mp Digital Camera with 3X Schneider Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens And 3" Amoled Rotating Screen (Black)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It has a beautiful, top quality f1.8-2.4 Schneider of Kreuznach lens, image stabilisation and a large sensor, in a package that's even small enough to take with you in… Read more ›
They showed pictures taken by these 3 and the most I liked was the Samsung Tl 500 and also the Panasonic. Amazing pictures at night, no blur, good quality.... Read more ›
I just got back from a work/pleasure trip to Chicago and it performed beyond my…This camera is one of very few P&S cameras that can produce wonderful night shot. Sure… Read more ›
good. The color and sharpness of the photos I took was v. good.; quite comparable to my Rebel Xsi. Shots at ISO400-800 were quite good and the increased noise exhibited a… Read more ›
24mm(Equiv.) wide angle Excellent build quality Read more ›
Th…With its fast 24-72 1.8-2.4 lens, AMOLED screen, and excellent photo quality, I can take this camera out alone with a comfort level I've never had with any other compact. Read more ›
I like this camera, it is a solid and pleasant approach to serious photography, a first step in the right direction,…1- beautiful fast lens, but reach is a bit limited. 2… Read more ›
4. Sharpness. I want a sharp lens, corner to corner. Can be tricky with wide lens. Read more ›
LX3 is 2.5. Not great but remember it's hard to build a lot of zoom in a small camera and still have a really sharp lens across the range. Also, as noted before, the… Read more ›
- Wow what a fast lens. Zounds! Read more ›
True it does not have HD video,…However its got one serious lens, and add the zoom which still keeps it a fast lens its the ideal camera, and having RAW support helps. Read more ›
Its mainly useful only at close range. Thankfully with the awesome lens you can live without the flash for most shots! However i have found it useful you want to take… Read more ›
It has nearly all of the creative control you expect in an SLR. Better yet, the swivel display is both incredible in visual quality as well as unbelievably handy. Read more ›
Great lens, LCD, ergonomics and built like a tank Read more ›
I consider a SIDE-MOUNTED, fully articulating screen to be the MOST important feature in any digital camera, and the screen on this particular camera is hands-down the… Read more ›
It is even better then the Canon G11 in adjusting exposure compensation because you…It also has the best LCD on any camera I have ever used, including a number of DSLRs. Read more ›
I purchased this camera for its quality sensor, f/1.8-2.4 lens, and beautiful AMOLED display. On these grounds, the EX1/TL500 does not disappoint. Read more ›
Still, I suppose it's better…- I haven't tried any of the scene modes, kind of like the rear screen, I can't decide that these will benefit me, but better to have it, etc. Read more ›
Want to avoid as much as possible to keep the camera fast for night work. 10. Reasonable manual controls. I typically shoot in Aperture mode but full manual is occasionally… Read more ›
There are a host of new compacts with lots of fun features but there's always some sacrifice in lens width or speed. Read more ›
Even Sony does it much better. A simple menu like the Panasonic quick menu can help improve the usability of the camera 200-fold. Samsung don't let the software geeks you… Read more ›
The colors are nice, not overly saturated. I did have to increase the overall sharpness setting. The default was a bit soft. Read more ›
This camera is far and away the best point and shoot I have…It takes beautiful pictures and has a great collection of controls so you don't spend a lot of time in menus. Read more ›
- The wide is nicely wide, a 24mm equivalent. - I liked the controls, although this is kind of personal. Some people say they don't like them. Read more ›
5) Screen is pretty much increadible and can be rotated. 6) The menue system is intuative and really easy to use. Read more ›
It can take shots that my Panasonic ZS3 can't come close to doing. The menus are easy to use and the controls are nicely laid out. The 3" AMOLED screen is amazingly sharp… Read more ›
6. This might seem childish - but it has VERY pretty menus - just makes it fun to use. Read more ›
If the lighting is challenging at all I will shoot in…Even using the spot meter on both, for some reason the Fuji was easier to use in full auto to get exposures I liked. Read more ›
Working in manual mode and having both the over/underexposure indicator and the histogram and the easy to use dials to adjust shutter speed/aperture gives me lots of… Read more ›
(Samsung what were you thinking, thats for the NX10!) - Manual mode not easy to use. The first is how the actual manual processing works, which combines the rear… Read more ›
The ISO noise quality is probably a stop and a half better than your average point and shoots and a half stop better than your…The colors are nice, not overly saturated. Read more ›
The ability to rotate the screen really facilitates shooting at all kinds of angles and the screen is very bright (no problem in bright sun) with beautiful an accurate… Read more ›
The flash is rarely required for indoor shots. photos are bright and sharp with very good color rendition especially when the custom white balance is used. The controls… Read more ›
Contrary to popular belief - this thing is amazing in sunlight - knocks my G12 (what I kept) out of the park in this arena. High res with beautiful colors. Read more ›
I owned all three, still own the s90. I LOVE the color on the TL500 as it seems so accurate. The biggest reason I just bought the TL500 is EVERY picture I took with my… Read more ›
I mainly shoot with DSLR's (I own 5) and was hesitant to buy a p&s, but I'm glad I bought this camera. The lens and ergonomics are awesome. My fast mid-range zoom is a… Read more ›
- awesome body construction - good ergonomics Read more ›
Canon G11: Wonderful ergonomics. Controls are right where you need them. Read more ›
-midrange zoom, largest aperture in class -nice build, great ergonomics... -nice two dial system, like a dslr Read more ›
This camera has brilliant ergonomics, can easily fit into a pant cargo pocket, and can fit into the pockets of most mens' jeans. The AMOLED screen can be flipped around for… Read more ›
The body is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion - a camera shouldn't have silly colors on it, fancy symbols, or crazy graphics. I wish more camera companies would make a… Read more ›
Very close to each other. TL500 is smaller and its metal body is much stronger and looks much better then cheap plastic body of NX10. So NX10 is going back to Amazon and… Read more ›
Pros Nicely and solidly built body. Nice Design Read more ›
- The 24mm wide angle is really useful but do note that unlike the LX3, it's a cropped 16:9…Having a 3X zoom is decent, though a 5X like the G11 would have been perfect. Read more ›
Frankly if it weren't for the fast sharp zoom lens on the tl500, the Micro Four-Thirds cameras and the NEX, etc. could probably eliminate the niche for cameras like this. My… Read more ›
Not the widest lens at 28mm which is good but I really like a 24mm equivalent. Also the aperture drops quickly with the zoom (down to f4.9). Concerning but not a nightmare. Read more ›
On factor that I really appreciate and takes this…Also, processing speed is fairly quick - no noticeable lags in shooting (although I don't typically shoot in bursts). Read more ›
I have seen other owners comment and I too have noticed is that fact that the fasted shutter speed of 1/1500 combined with the max aperture of 6.7-7.2 means photos in… Read more ›
However considering this is my carry along camera ,which gets used more indoors that's something i can live with, but would have been greater if samsung can provide a… Read more ›
THE GOOD STUFF - The camera build quality is EXCELLENT, it feels solid and the buttons move with precision. - The lens is superb, helps get some nice shots at low ISO when… Read more ›
- nice white balance for the most situations - awesome body construction - good ergonomics Read more ›
With the high quality build, this might be the last point-and-shoot that I would buy for a while! Read more ›
The TL500 fits this profile perfectly! The low light performance is outstanding. It can take shots that my Panasonic ZS3 can't come close to doing. Read more ›
- Good shots at ISO 400 (noise gaining ground at 800). Low light performance was very good but read on. - Very nice white balance results (again edging the LX3) Read more ›
this camera offers excellent low light performance. The flash is rarely required for indoor shots. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

100 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Mumblin' Berk on July 27, 2010
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I actually have a great deal to say about this camera. I've written pages and pages prepping for this little review.

Instead, I'm going to wing it....
First, know this... I take these reviews seriously.
If you look at my other reviews you'll see that I do NOT hand out 5-star reviews like candy.
This camera just WALKS away with top credits, in my book. I've handled / owned a lot of cameras.
Ladies and gentleman, this is one high-quality piece of gear.

Since you've probably already familiarized yourself with all the dry numbers, specs, etc, I thought it would be of more value to a perspective buyer to get more of a "FEELING" about this particular piece of hardware. If you're taking the time to do all this research, you are probably one who knows how intimately one can "bond" with a piece of gear like this. It becomes rather instinctive, like driving a car.

Here's my guess... If you're looking at this particular camera, then you are probably hunting HARD for a worthy alternative to an SLR. You want something capable, that is going to give you SERIOUS control, SLR-like quality results, without having to drag along a big burly camera making you look like a tourist everywhere you go.

So I'm guessing you've found the standard top-of-the-line point and shoot offerings: Canon's G11, S90, and Panasonic's LX3 (or 5)
ALL OF THEM, WONDERFUL cameras.

My opinion: Samsung TL500 / EX1 bests them all. Broadly. And that is saying a LOT.

Fit and Finish: absolutely top notch.
Weight / handling: terrific.
aesthetics: I'm very utilitarian, so this is usually something I ignore, but in this case, I find the TL500 to be just a GOOD looking machine.
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110 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Flying Saucer on June 29, 2010
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So i've had this camera for about a week now, i've taken about 500 photos with it. I'm still learning the ins and outs of it.
My review echoes many of the above points.
Those of you expecting a DSLR image quality compact, keep looking. You'll look for years.
This is not a comparison to a DSLR, the samsung is a nice substitute as long as you keep in mind it does not and cannot take pics like a DSLR.
As long as you keep in mind the limitations listed below, you'll be happy.
I bought this camera as an alternative to carrying my dslr.

If you want
-decent shots at iso800 (3200 is not usable, 1600 maybe if you convert to black and white or artistic qualities of noise)
-hot shoe (i'm playing with radio triggers and my speedlight)
-nice screen
-midrange zoom, largest aperture in class
-nice build, great ergonomics...
-nice two dial system, like a dslr
-moderately portable point and shoot (won't fit in your jeans pocket-maybe a jacket or cargo pants)
-you can turn off the electronic shutter sound, so essentially limiting the noise it makes to a "click"...for whatever purpose that may serve you...
-non HD video
-you can flip and protect the screen when you store the camera.
this is an excellent choice....

Some cons which i think are significant to consider, but are not deal-breakers for me....However, please understand that i shoot a DSLR in RAW/NEF
-WB is not consistent from shot to shot...so this could be an issue if shooting .jpg
-If you shoot RAW so you can adjust WB, RAW takes a long time to write (although i'm using a class4 and class 6 SD card)
-typical P&S lag time from shoot to capture (again i shoot a dslr)....
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kaufman on June 17, 2010
This camera is far and away the best point and shoot I have ever used. It takes beautiful pictures and has a great collection of controls so you don't spend a lot of time in menus. It is even better then the Canon G11 in adjusting exposure compensation because you don't have to move your hands to change the setting. It also has the best LCD on any camera I have ever used, including a number of DSLRs.

Anyone looking for an advanced pocketable camera would be wise to check this one out.

Having said that, there are four things you should know about this camera before you decide to get it:

1) Zoom range runs from 24mm-72mm.
2) The video is only 480p.
3) At this time (6/17/2010), the Mac software to support RAW file editing must be downloaded from Samsung's web site.
4) The camera is quite small, but it is larger then a typical P&S.

For my needs, these were not serious deficiencies. While I would obviously have preferred a longer zoom, most of my shots tend to be at the wider end. And while I would also have liked to have had HD video, I hardly use the video functions anyhow. YMMV.

Prior to owning this camera, my favorite small camera was the Panasonic LX3. The TL500 beats it in IQ, high ISO performance, controls and LCD.

If you are looking for a always there camera with the best possible still pictures in the zoom range of 24-72, this camera is the one to have.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Todd Gilbert on October 18, 2010
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First off - this thing is built like a friggen tank. It outclasses every other compact prosmuer camera like the Canon G12, Panasonic LX5, Leica D-Lux 5 and others WHEN it comes to build quality. As others have noted I will start with a list of cons.

1. Unless you turn off all shooting information - you cannot see entirely what you are composing - the information views have a black dimmed bar at the bottom that makes it so you don't see the bottom tenth of your frame. Doesn't sound like a big deal - but not very fun in use.

2. The flash hotshoe seems to be proprietary. It fits flashes without a problem - the form factor isn't whats different - but when I put any radio trigger I had on it - it simply wouldn't make it fire. Samsung seems to deactivate the hotshoe unless it recognizes the flash on the shoe to be Samsung.

3. It sounds like I got a bad copy - but the lens on mine was SOFT. I mean quite soft - looking like its actually out of focus.

Now after those unforgivable problems - on to what I do like about the camera.

1. Build quality - this thing is unbelievable. It's the first compact/prosumer that makes my 8 year old Canon PowerShot Pro 1 feel inferior (though not by much).

2. Amazing AMOLED screen.
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