For fans before a compact area, Samsung TL500 prove its credibility, the thoughtful design attractive camera, a fast f1.8 lens and a flip and twist AMOLED display. But it faces some competition, steep and ultimately can not keep up with the crowd.

So I went on the weak side when evaluating the image quality of the TL500, there is much ambivalence of this decision. What finally drove for me were the differences between versions and JPEG images of the first problem and the solution is not always clearly or better than others. The consistency is the hobgoblin of my head.

TL500 is JPEG noise profile, it seems typical of the class, like its competitors, but Samsung still does not meet the purity of the images from Canon. They are good at ISO 200, ISO 400, but (if the profile is strong noise reduction tends to kick in), are soft and just above it will depend on how much detail there is a scene. Samsung aims to push, and the chroma and luma noise loud enough, although many companies prefer one over the other. At ISO 800, pictures look OK for small sizes, but soft-size, ISO 1600 images can be useful if you have a very low level of detail shots.
From a standpoint of noise, you can get off the ease of use by shooting first. ISO 400 shots appear to have been taken with another camera. Beyond that, you start to see the compromise in quality. And the tonal range is so wide, for starters, I had no chance of recovery detail in highlights. Defaults JPEG also produce relatively flat, low contrast images with slightly desaturated colors, and there is no alternative to predefined colors more saturated, but still accurate. You can mess with individual settings, though.

However, the Samsung clearly in the camera distortions and deviations from the control of JPEG. It 'an interesting decision: 24 mm at the widest point is waiting to distortion and can be used creatively, so this is probably an appropriate decision snapshooters by Samsung. That said, when you factor in the expected distortion, the lens works very well. The images are crisp around the edges and the center and is tumbling more symmetrical that I have seen a compact camera. Unfortunately - but not surprising - the distortion correction camps outside the contents of the edges of images. Also, when you are not an overwhelming amount of raw files fringes, shows some unexpected places, which I found difficult to correct - one of the drawbacks of this camera with RAW. (Note: Teen Raw Adobe Camera Raw.

If Samsung had to make concessions in order to extend the scope that might be a bit more lenient with artifacts. But Panasonic handles a range of focus a bit more in just a fraction of a stop slower, compared to f2 f1.8, and a sensor of this size, depth of field differences and exposure are likely to be minimal.

As the performance of all cameras in this category is woefully slow - why not focus on systems, but since the file management and operation of the board abysmally slow - and the TL500 is right in the middle of the pack. It 's over and shoots a relatively quick 1.8 seconds. Like everyone else, it focuses and shoots about 0.4 seconds in high-contrast situations, and offers a decent 0.7 seconds in a low contrast. But it works in 1.8 seconds between two consecutive JPEG images (1.9 seconds), which bumps up to 2.5 seconds with flash. It can explode at 1.5 fps, but you really do not want to use the continuous shooting the camera without an optical viewfinder or EVF, also optional, though.


  1. Wonderful review! Very helpful indeed. I am thinking of getting a new point and shoot camera I can't decide what to get between these two top rated digital cameras in the market today, the Panasonic DMC-LX5 and Samsung TL500. I will definitely consider your review and I hope I won't regret my purchase! Thanks! ;)

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