Whether or not you're looking to go pro, you're going to look like a pro with the Samsung TL500. Not only will its ultra-wide 24mm F1.8 Schneider KREUZNACH lens with 3x zoom turn heads, but so will the photos you take, guaranteeing you'll get the most out of every moment-including light. With the TL500's high-performance 1/1.7" CCD sensor, you'll be taking the best possible photos in the darkest conditions. And with a 3" rotating AMOLED screen designed to give you control of your framing no matter what crazy angle you want to shoot from, your photos will come out both incredibly creative and astonishingly professional.
Optically advanced, anatomically inspired
When designing the TL500, Samsung's engineers looked to the human eye for inspiration. And as far as compact cameras go, it's the closest thing to the anatomical wonder on the market. With an impressive F1.8 lens - one of the brightest available - the TL500 delivers a wider range of aperture steps and shallow depth-of-field, giving you the ability to blur out the background of your images while keeping the focus on your subjects.
The high-end Schneider KREUZNACH lens offers a 24mm, ultra-wide focal length and 3xoptical zoom so you're capturing as much of the landscape and as many of your friends as possible.
High sensitivity. Low noise. Amazing photos.
Trying to capture high-quality, low-noise images with lots of pixels and excellent light? The TL500 was engineered to do that exactly. With sensors larger than those typically found in compact digital cameras, the TL500's 1/1.7" CCD offers unrivaled sensitivity (max ISO 3200/full-resolution), making it possible to capture ultra-vivid, natural-looking, professional photos, regardless of lighting conditions.
Get creative from any angle with rotating AMOLED.
With the TL500's 3" swiveling AMOLED screen, composing and reviewing images is easier - and more fun - than ever. The display rotates so you can frame your images exactly the way you want as well as shoot from just about any angle, including those tricky overhead and low-to-the-ground shots, giving you the freedom to take more artistic, expressive photos. And, compared to the usual TFT-LCD typically found on digital cameras, the TL500's AMOLED provides a higher contrast ratio, deeper blacks and more
Embrace both light and dark in one frame
Don't let your photos be dominated by the dark or the light. The TL500's Smart Range (High Dynamic Range) feature lets you vividly express both bright areas and dark areas of your subject in the same frame. So bright spots aren't oversaturated and dark spots aren't too dark. Together with Samsung's super-fast DRIMeIII imaging processor, the TL500 helps you capture high-quality images in avariety of settings and extreme lighting conditions.
Edit RAW files and express yourself.
The TL500 was engineered to help you express yourself. Its Samsung converter program gives you the freedom to edit RAW files - files that contain uncompressed original data and are not yet processed any way you want. Normally, images are processed and compressed into JPEG files using settings in the camera. But RAW file support gives you free reign. So whether its color, exposure difference or resolution, you can manipulate your images to your heart's content.
Conveniently change settings without missing a beat.
Great shots have to be caught in a split second. That's why the TL500 is equipped with a Front Wheel Key and Dual Dial. It lets you adjust your settings instantly so you don't miss the moment. Just rotate the dial to set the aperture and shutter speed or tune the white balance and color temperature. It's this convenient spin on manual control that will help you capture some of your most professional-looking images.
Take control. Seize the moment
When it comes to capturing life's greatest moments on film, hit-or-miss just isn't good enough. That's why Samsung's Full Manual Control lets you capture those moments you might otherwise miss out on in auto mode. Aperture Priority makes sure your main subject stands out from its surroundings, Sutter Priority captures fast movements, and Manual Mode grants you complete control of the exposure.
Samsung's Smart Filter, lens effect, delivers an artistic edge to your still shots and videos. The Miniature filter gives your subjects a miniaturized look, the Vignetting filter delivers a strikingly strong compositional contrast, and our Fish-eye filter gives your video that cool distorted feel. So get creative and get Samsung.
Smart Auto 2.0 (Still & Movie)
Turn any moment into a perfect memory. And a professional-looking photo. Whether it's a few friends from last night's party or the moon reflecting off the lake, Smart Auto 2.0 (Still & Movie) instantly analyzes key elements of your composition then automatically adjusts to capture the perfect shot with multitude of different photo modes and movie modes. And since life isn't a still life, the camera's object tracking feature captures those subjects that just don't, or won't, stand still.
Most Liked Positive Review
Best P&S to date
Better than all of the LX's and G's I have owned. Incredibly fast lens, and rarely needed the flash. Great OLED display easy to see in all lighting. Slightly larger than comparables, but significantly smaller than E-PL1. Lens similar to GX200 and LX3 but much brighter. No viewfinder and limited zoom range are the only (minor) negatives. Photos appear as good as an entry level DLSR, with JPEG and Raw outputs available, but Raw is not elements 8 compatible yet.
Most Liked Negative Review
Good first attempt. Suggested improvements for next-year model: - increase zoom range to 24-90 (f1.8 to f2.8) - reduce resolution to 6MP to improve low light performance - make video 720p with stereo sound - place a microphone input - allow optical zoom and autofocus during movie mode - silence zoom noise in movie mode - make menu more intuitive (now enabling one feature knocks out other features, you never know which ones) - put smart control ring like Canon S95 - place a smart lens cap like...View full Review
Good first attempt. Suggested improvements for next-year model: - increase zoom range to 24-90 (f1.8 to f2.8) - reduce resolution to 6MP to improve low light performance - make video 720p with stereo sound - place a microphone input - allow optical zoom and autofocus during movie mode - silence zoom noise in movie mode - make menu more intuitive (now enabling one feature knocks out other features, you never know which ones) - put smart control ring like Canon S95 - place a smart lens cap like the Ricoh one - allow switching to 3:2, 16:9 mode without losing field of view (like Lumix LX5) - make the camera smaller and sexier (more pocketable) - allow a nice way to add a filter (like polarizer) - make sensor bigger (1 1.4 instead of 1 1.7) - make an easy panorama sweep mode like Sony cameras - make a fast 7 or 10 fps shooting mode (like Sony cameras) - make a smart HDR mode using 3 or more frames with automatic adjustments of frames - make JPEG in-camera corrections of distortion and purple fringing perfect - automatically adjust exposure like Nikon DSLRs - place RGB histogram on screen - make the camera lighter
Reviewed by 29 customers
I've had two of these - both were defective. Too bad, a beautifully designed camera suffering apparent quality control issues.
I normally just do photography as a small hobby. However I cannot deny the high quality and easy to use features of this product. Very good buy
I bought this camera to have a compact I could carry everywhere. However I'm accustomed to pro-quality and features like RAW file capture and very high image quality. This camera delivers: It provides full manual exposure control. It saves RAW files and in conjunction with it's superb lens the image quality meets my standards. The lens on this camera is alone worth the purchase price. It's one of the best zoom lenses I've every used. I have to believe that Samsung made this camera with a professional photographer standing over the engineer's shoulders; they listened and they got it right.
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Very sturdy camera. Keep it in a large pocket all the time, especially when bicycling. Been using it 8 months, it is an excellent camera. Takes excellent images for a small, economical camera. It is a much better camera than I expected.
Dear Samsung, please take your excellent tl500 and do the following: 1. Greatly increase buffer size 2. Allow raw shooting at all modes 3. Give it 1080/24p video 4. use DNG Raw for smaller file size It is the perfect camera otherwise.
I can't say enough about this camera. There are at least half a dozen of them amongst my friends, now. A little nichy given the limited zoom. The digital zoom is awful, as are most. Higher res video capture would be nice. All in all, no complaints. You can't get more for your money. I checked, and rechecked...
The camera is sooooooo intuitive. ..The ergonomics and lens quality are incredible. The Menu is so simple to use
Excellent compact camera that gives a handful of manual controls. Next best choice if you do not want to bring a DSLR along.
I can review from experience of small sensor cameras. I have had Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm. All are good cameras, but this one is very special. Some of the easiest macro shooting I have ever experienced. Love the awesome tilt screen. Focus is quick and very accurate. Build quality is the best I have used. This camera is a joy to hold. It just feels right. Aluminum casing has nice accents. I can hardly wait for Samsung's next TL model. Congratulations for building this wonderful photographic tool.