While it is true that high-end point-and-shoot cameras are steadily closing the gap between themselves and certain professional DSLRs in terms of image quality, the price they command is usually one of the key factors that make them unattractive to the average user who just wants to snap a shot and be done with it without having to deal with technical stuff such as ISO, shutter speed and exposure. That is where Samsung’s new, budget-oriented PL200 attempts to fill that need.
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Samsung may not be that established a brand in the field of consumer imaging devices, but it sure has its ways of attracting attention to its products: after all, this is the company which launched a camcorder with an impressive 65x zoom, and more recently, a digital camera with an additional LCD screen located at the front to allow for proper framing of self-shot portraits.
However, it seems that Samsung is going back to a more conventional design with its new consumer-oriented digital camera, the PL200. But unlike most conventional point-and-shoot digital cameras, the PL200 has some pretty impressive specs under the hood: in addition to its 14.2 megapixel sensor, the camera also features a respectable 7x optical zoom, HD motion recording at 720p (30fps using the H264 codec) and various other standard enhancements such as face recognition, image stabilization and blink detection…all for the pretty decent price of US$179.99, and well within budget for the amateur photographer.
Unfortunately, color variety for the PL200 seems to be lacking: simply put, you can get a PL200 in any color you want, as long as it is black or red. Not that it is too much of a problem though; either color looks rather nice on the camera.
Interestingly, there is no mention of the PL200 on the local Samsung site, which means that this camera has yet to reach our shores. Still, judging from what we have seen on paper, this camera looks like it is capable of taking some rather decent shots.