Samsung PL70 Review

3.5
December 8, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Samsung PL70.

Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS

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The Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS is the new top-of-the-range IXUS camera, offering 12 megapixels, 5x zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen, and HD movies. Also known as the PowerShot SD970 IS Digital Elph in North America, this compact model features the DIGIC 4 image processor, Smart AUTO mode for beginners, plus Blink Detection and Face Detection technologies. Read our in-depth review to find out if the IXUS 990 IS / SD970 IS offers enough to justify its $379.99 / £379.00 / €449.00 price tag...

Casio EX-FC100

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The new Casio EX-FC100 is the fastest digital camera in town, capable of taking 30 six megapixel images in just a single second. The diminutive, well-built EXFC100 has a wealth of high-speed modes, including pre-recording images before you've even pressed the shutter button, and combining images to help eliminate camera shake in low light conditions. Video is also one of the Casio EX FC100's strong points, with 720p HD footage and 1000fps, super-slow-motion movies on offer. This 9 megapixel model is also a very capable still camera, with a 2.7 inch LCD screen and 5x optical zoom lens. With an official list price of $399.99 / £349.99, the Casio EX-FC100 is an expensive point and shoot - read our in-depth review with sample images, videos and more to find out if it makes the grade.

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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The Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR is potentially one of the most revolutionary cameras of 2009. It features Fujifilm's innocuous sounding EXR technology, which rather cleverly turns the Fuji F200 into three cameras in one. The first EXR mode shoots a high-res 12 megapixel picture, the second takes a 6 megapixel photo with less noise, and the third combines two 6 megapixel images taken at different exposures to capture more dynamic range. Does Fujifilm's brave attempt to concentrate on image quality rather than more megapixels pay off? Carry on reading our detailed review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix S70

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The Nikon Coolpix S70 is a new 12 megapixel compact camera with a very interesting OLED screen. The S70's large 3.5 inch monitor offers a touch-sensitive interface, featuring a Touch Shutter function that allows you to focus on and photograph a subject by simply touching it on the camera’s display. Other key features of the Nikon S70 include a 5x zoom lens with optical vibration reduction, Subject Tracking, Scene Auto Selector Mode and Nikon’s Smart Portrait System. The Nikon Coolpix S70 officially costs £339 / €379 / $399.95 - we find out if it's worth it in our latest expert review.

Olympus FE-5020

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The new Olympus FE-5020 is an affordable yet stylish entry-level compact digital camera, with an intriguing 24mm, 5x wide-angle zoom lens that matches recent cameras from the likes of Panasonic and Casio. A range of so-called Magic Filters are available to instantly jazz up your photos, whilst the Olympus 5020 also features a 2.7 inch LCD screen, hand-holding i-Auto mode for beginners, and a 12 megapixel sensor. Gavin Stoker discovers if the Olympus FE5020 is worth its £169 / $160 price-tag...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40

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The Panasonic DMC-FX40 (also known as the DMC-FX48) is a small, slim and stylish 12 megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens. The FX40 features a 25mm, 5x Leica lens offering a focal range of 25-125mm and F2.8 brightness. Other standout highlights of the Panasonic FX40 include Face Recognition, Venus Engine V processing engine, Panorama Assist mode, and 350 shot battery life. Available in black, red or silver for £259 / $349.95, Gavin Stoker discovered if the Panasonic FX40 / FX48 is worth considering.

Pentax Optio P70

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The Pentax Optio P70 is an affordable point-and-shoot camera that's super-slim, light-weight and good to look at. Firmly aimed at the beginner, the 12 megapixel Pentax P70 features a 2.7 inch screen, 4x zoom lens with wide-angle 27.5mm setting, and a wealth of auto and scene modes. Competitively priced at £179.99 / $199.99, does the Pentax P70's performance match its good looks? Read our expert review to find out...

Ricoh CX2

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Just 6 months on from its already very capable predecessor, the Ricoh CX2 enters the competitive travel-zoom camera category with a new 10.7x, 28-300mm zoom lens. Other improvements include even faster 5fps burst shooting, new Pre-AF and Continuous AF focus modes, several extra scene settings, and improved face recognition. The Ricoh CX2 also features the same 3 inch HVGA LCD screen, 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, CCD-shift vibration correction system and fast operation as the CX1. Read our in-depth Ricoh CX2 review to find out if it's a worthy update...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

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The new Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is the second Sony camera that we've recently reviewed to feature the innovative Exmor R sensor, promising better image quality in low-light conditions. Just like its sister model, the TX1, the Sony WX1 utilises a 10 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, with ISO speeds up to 3200 and a fast f/2.4, 5x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation. Other key features include burst shooting up to 10 frames per second at full resolution, 720p HD movie recording, and an easy to use Sweep Panorama mode. Priced at $350 / £300, is the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 the ultimate in point-and-shoot compact cameras? Mark Goldstein finds out...

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