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Samsung launches budget PL20 digital camera

£100 point-and-shoot Samsung has smart features

Samsung PL20 £100 digital camera - silver

Samsung has announced its latest point-and-shoot compact digital camera – the PL20 – which it describes as ‘value-packed’.

What this means in practice is a fairly standard spec, considering this camera is set to retail for around £100 when it goes on sale in the UK in March.

Inside the PL20’s 97x58x20mm body there’s a 14Mp sensor, 5x optical zoom with a 27mm wide angle maximum, and HD video recording, albeit at 720p resolution. Rather than relying on AA batteries, the PL20 has a rechargeable Li-ion battery. 

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Smart point-and-shoot features

Aimed very much at the cost-conscious photographer looking for a simple point-and-shoot camera, Samsung’s PL20 has a couple of ‘smart’ features. Samsung’s Smart Auto feature claims to automatically select the best from its multiple modes to ensure the optimum picture settings. There’s also Smart Filter technology, offering artistic filters in modes such as fish-eye, miniature and sketch, to simply add special effects to your photos in-camera, should you want to, of course.

There’s digital image stabilisation (DIS) on board, which is a cheaper alternative to optical image stabilisation (OIS) although Which? tests generally confirm this doesn’t perform as effectively. There’s also a built-in help feature to guide new users through the PL20’s features. 

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  • Samsung PL90 review
  • Samsung PL200 review

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