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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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Product Description

Product Description

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

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 Information

Product Dimensions 4.5 x 1.1 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 13.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Item model number EC-TL500ZBPBUS
Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #25,982 in Camera & Photo
#2,809 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at May 19, 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)

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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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 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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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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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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