Samsung PL170 Review

July 8, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |



Usage note
(1) OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), DIS (Digital Image Stabilisation)
(2) Slide show: Slide show with Effect & Music - Smart Album Category: Type, Date, Colour, Week, Face (External Memory card is needed for Sorting the photos by Face)
(3) Smart Movie: Landscape, BlueSky, NaturalGreen, Sunset Front LCD (hot Key): Self Movie, Children Animation Movie.
(4) Remarks: HDMI function is available when connected through Type D HDMI Cable (optional).
(5) Included battery may vary depending on sales region.

Image sensor Type 1/2.3″ (Approx. 7.76mm) CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 16.1 Mega pixel
Total Pixel Approx. 16.4 Mega pixel
Lens Focal Length Samsung 5x Zoom Lens f = 4.7 ~ 23.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 26 ~ 130mm)
F No. F3.3(W) ~ F5.9(T)
Digital Zoom Still Image mode: 1.0x ~ 5.0x Play mode: 1.0x ~ 13.5x (depends on image size) Extra Optical Zoom: Max 2.0x
Image Stabilization   Dual IS (OIS + DIS) (1)
Display Type TFT LCD
Recording Main Display: 3.0" (7.6cm) QVGA (230K) Front Display: 1.5" (3.8cm) 61K TFT LCD
Focusing Type TTL auto focus (Multi AF, Centre AF, Face Detection AF, Object Tracking AF, Smart Face Recognition AF)
Range Normal: 80cm ~ infinity, 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Macro: 5cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 100cm ~ 150cm (Tele) Auto Macro: 5cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 100cm ~ Infinity (Tele)
Shutter Speed   Auto: 1/8 ~ 1/2000 sec., Program: 1 ~ 1/2000 sec., Night: 8 ~ 1/2000 sec., Fireworks: 2 sec.
Exposure Control Program AE
Metering Multi, Spot, Centre Weighted, Face Detection AE
Compensation ± 2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Range Wide: 0.2m ~ 3.5m, Tele: 0.5m ~ 2.0m, (ISO AUTO)
Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Sharpness   Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+
White Balance   Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Still Image Shooting • Mode Dial: Smart Auto, Auto, Program, Dual IS, Beauty shot, Night, Scene, Smart Movie *Front LCD (Hot Key) - Easy Self Shot: Front LCD (hot Key): Front Mode Self Shot Mode Long Key Self Shot *Front Mode: Normal, Self Shot,Children mode, Jump shot *Front Mode Setting Tap: Smile on / off, Children Smile on / off, Children Sound, Front Display demo *Smart Auto: Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Night, Backlight, Landscape, White, NaturalGreen, BlueSky, Sunset, Macro, Macro Text, Macro Colour, Tripod, Action, Fireworks *Scene: Magic Frame, Object Highlight, Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Back Light, Beach&Snow • Drive: Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture • Self Timer: Self-timer: 2 sec., 10 sec., Double (10 sec., 2 sec.) (Front LCD will be turned on when selecting Self timer)
Effect • Smart Filter2.0: Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Old Film 1, Old Film 2, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, Custom RGB • Image Adjust : Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation
Edit • Image Edit: Resize, Rotate, Trimming • Smart Filter2.0: Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Old Film 1, Old Film 2, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, Custom RGB • Image Adjust: Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red Eye Fix, ACB,Add Noise
Image Play   • Single image, Thumbnails,Smart Album, Advanced Slide show, Movie Clip (2)
Voice Recording   Voice Recording (max. 10 hours) Voice Memo in Still Image (max. 10 sec.)
Date Imprinting   Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable)
Movie Clip Recording With Audio or without Audio - Sound Alive On / Sound Alive Off / Mute ('Sound Alive On' is default) Max Recording time: 20min Size: 1280 x 720 (30 / 15fps) High Quality, 1280 x 720(30 / 15fps) Standard Quality, 640 x 480 (30 / 15fps) , 320 x 240 (30 / 15 fps) Zoom: Optical 5x (3)
Effect • Smart Filter2.0: Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4, Half Tone Dot, Miniature, Vignetting, Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, Custom RGB
Edit Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Storage Media Internal Memory: Approx. 27MB External Memory (Optional): Micro SD Card(up to 2GB guaranteed) Micro SDHC (up to 8GB guaranteed)
File format Still Image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0 Movie Clip: H.264 (MPEG4.AVC) Audio: AAC
Image Size 16M : 4608 x 3456, 14MP : 4608 x 3072, 12MW: 4608 x 2592, 10 M: 3648 x 2736, 5M: 2592 x 1944, 3M: 1984 x1488, 2MW: 1920 x 1080, 1M: 1024 x 768
Interface Digital Output Connector USB 2.0
Audio Microphone: Mono Internal Speaker: Mono
Video Output AV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) SCC-AV20 HDMI 1.4: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) (4)
DC Power Input 4.2V 20Pin
Power Supply   Rechargeable battery: BP70A Adaptor: SAC-48, CB20U05A Connector Type: 20pin (5)
Physical Specification Dimensions (WxHxD) 95.3 x 57.3 x 19mm
Weight 153.3g (w / o Memory, battery)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40 °C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Software   Intelli Studio
Special Feature   • 16.1 Mega-pixel • 5x 26mm Slim Optical Zoom Lens • 3.0 ”Main Display (230K), 1.5" Front Display (61K) • Dual Image Stabilisation: Optical IS + Digital IS • Front Display: Self Shot (Still&Movie), Children mode (Still&Movie), Jump shot, Easy Self Shot (Still), Portrait Highlight (Still) (User can change the flash file of children mode by downloading new file from Samsung Website or making with Intelli Studio) • Self Timer(Front LCD On: 2 sec., 10 sec., Double (10 sec., 2 sec.) • Smart Face Recognition (Register 8 people manullaly and 20 people automatically / My Star: 8 people who are registered manually ) - Face recognition AF, Face List, My Star (Register manually),Smart Album (Face) • Smart Auto , Smart Movie • Smart Album (Smart Album Category: Type, Date, Colour, Week, Face) • Perfect Portrait System (Face Detection, Smie shot, Blink Detection, Smart Face Recognition, Beauty shot, Self Portrait- Front LCD) • Beauty Shot (1,2,3Steps) • Object Tracking AF • High Definition Movie Recording: - 720p Resolution @30fps / H.264 Movie File • HDMI CEC • Multi Slide Show
System Requirement in general For Windows Intel Pentium 4, 3.2GHz or later / AMD Athelon 64FX, 2.6GHz or later Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB) Windows XP / VISTA / 7 250 MB (Over 1GB recommanded) CD-ROM Drive USB 2.0 Microsoft 9.0c or later Over 1024 x 768 pixels, 16 bit colour monitor or later (1280 x 1024 pixels, 32 bit colour recommanded) Over 64MB video card (nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or later / ATI x1600 series or later)
For Macintosh Power Mac G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or higher Minimum 256MB RAM 110MB of available hard-disk space USB port CD-ROM drive