Samsung TL320 / WB1000 Review

by Enche Tjin on September 13, 2009

Samsung TL320 / WB1000 is Samsung advanced compact camera with full manual control for creative photography. There is two major selling point of TL320: 24-120mm f/2.8-5.8 lens, and  3″ hVGA AMOLED screen. Today, Compact camera which has 24mm is considered rare because it is expensive for manufacturer to make. The lens also has decent maximum aperture. the 5 X zoom length is long enough for various shooting conditions.

24mm wide lens is capable to cover a large area of scene. Furthermore, it creates an illusion of depth.

24mm wide lens is capable to cover a large area of scene. Furthermore, it creates an illusion of depth. image from Samsung Imaging

LCD Screen

The 3 inches AMOLED LCD screen is very clear and nice to look at especially indoor. But when I use the camera outdoor, like other compact cameras, it still have problem under bright light condition. Glare and reflection obstruct your view, and it can be annoying when you are composing the picture . The LCD screen has 4:3 ratio instead of 3:2 ratio that we usually see in DSLR.

Sensor and Image resolution

One other thing that important to mention is the sensor and image size. The sensor size is 1/2.33″ (1.09cm) CCD and 12 megapixel maximum resolution. The sensor size is considered small for advance compact camera. Competitors such as Canon S90 IS has 1/1.7″ and Award winning Panasonic LX3 has 1/1.63″. AS a result, image in ISO 400 and above are not that clean. But to be fair, those competitors have a $100-150 higher price tag.

There are several aspect ratios we can choose. But to get full resolution (12 mp or 4000X3000) we need to shoot in four thirds (4:3) ratio. If you want to shoot in 3:2 ratio, you will get only 10 mp. and if you shoot in 16:9 ratio (wide screen), you will get 9 mp. Samsung suggests that 9 mp image is good to print up to A2 size and 12 mp is good up to A1 size.

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