Samsung PL170 Review

July 8, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |


The Samsung PL170's back and front LCD screen set up holds obvious appeal for both families with restless children and the narcissists out there. Take away that unique facility and you have a rather ordinary snapshot camera underneath, which to give this a positive spin at least makes for ease for use. Retrieving and replacing the fiddly microSD card is a pain however, and loses the PL170 half a star from our rating.

Yes, the PL170 on the face of it seems fair value for money and taking a picture with it is relatively easy. However, as we've reported image quality is generally a little on the soft side if attempting anything other than a close up at the camera's widest setting, and the less said about its performance in low light the better. This loses the camera an additional star. So it's perhaps not as great value as it first appears, and one can indeed over-egg the pudding, or rather here the sensor, with too many pixels.

Raising the PL170 slightly in our estimation are the inclusion of some fun digital effects filters, the fact that all the essentials are here, including HDMI output, and the likelihood most of the camera's intended point-and-shoot audience may well not be scrutinising the images that closely and be satisfied with what they're getting. Not terrible but not Samsung's finest hour either.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3
Value for money 4