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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely "Best In Class". Period., July 27, 2010
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This review is from: Samsung EC-TL500ZBPBUS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black) (Electronics)
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.

The only specific feature I really want to talk about is the articulated screen...

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 finest I've very seen on ANY camera. Just superb. If it had lips, I would kiss it.

(if you've never used articulated screen before, you're in for a treat, let me tell ya...)

PROS: all of the above, and a whole lot more.

CONS: Only one that impacts my shooting thus far: NO dedicated custom mode button. I like (and make use of) "custom" modes. I like to programm at least 2 modes as custom, generally I like to jump in and out of "macro" mode a lot; and I like to set a custom mode for high-shutter speed shooting if I want to catch some action real quick, which I generally seldom do. I like tripod / monopod / long shutter / low ISO work, even in bright light.

Easy enough to work around, of course. It's just something I'm fond of, and make use of regularly.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Nobody has yet managed to produce "the perfect camera" so you will find plenty of things to nit-pick about with ANY camera purchase.

I hope this somewhat emotional over-view of the TL500 was of a bit more use than dancing around about the lens and image quality.

Best of luck with your purchase decision.
Whatever you chose, remember, the only camera that MATTERS is the one you have with you when you need it.

-Berk
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2011 9:03:25 PM PST
Over-emotional is good - as is your review, I mean, good. Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 1:45:29 PM PDT
best in class, is an under-statement! i think the tl-500 images are even better than most slr photos (with kit lens) today.
my photo buddies, they saw the photo comparison in "print" and can't believe how this little camera would consistently beat their photos. superb in anythin from macro, to scenery. very fast in action too!
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