Samsung TL225/ST550

Last update (25 September’10):
- Review by PCWorld.in

Samsung TL225 (ST550 in Europe) is the world’s first compact camera with front and rear LCDs. The camera features 12.2 Mega-pixel CCD sensor, 4.6X wide angle optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 27 ~ 124.2mm), TTL auto focus, HD Movie Recording, and 3.5″ (8.9cm) Wide 1152K Full Touch LCD with Front Display: 1.5″ (3.8cm) 185K TFT LCD. The camera measures 99.8 x 59.8 x 18.6mm and weighs approx. 165.7g (without battery and card).

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Samsung TL225 Reviews

PCWorld.in reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“Overall, the Samsung ST550 is a stylish camera that offers many fun and exciting features, and good performance across different lighting situations. However, its price tag of Rs. 24,990 lands you in a place where you can get much more capable camera from Sony or Canon.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“I found it made my portrait subjects make more of an effort for the camera. However, when the novelty of the screen wears off, it’s good to know that the ST550 is versatile and capable of producing some very nice results in a range of conditions”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“We have a few minor issues with the camera’s interface and its uneven photo/video quality, but for people who want to document their lives 24/7, populating their Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages with portraits, the Samsung DualView TL225 is tailor made for the job, and earns a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
” I’ve used a few Samsung cameras in the past and been a little disappointed, but not with this one! The front screen is useful, clear, and fun for social events – friends really like taking photos of themselves with it – so you tend to capture genuine smiles with it. The huge 3.5″ touch screen on the back is very good “
Rating: ★★★★☆

BuynShoot reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“the ST550 reproduces colour accurately and vibrantly, particularly when shooting outdoors under ample lighting. Smart auto mode does a good job at determining the scene and therefore regularly produces solid results.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

RegHardware reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“While the photographic performance of this little innovator left me cold, I have to admit that the inclusion of a dual LCD screen does make taking self-portraits an all-together new and more creative experience. For this reason alone, I’d recommend this camera to any serious self-snapper and commend Samsung on introducing what will, no doubt, become a standard feature on many compact cameras.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCAuthority reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“Still-image quality is a touch below the results from most Canons and Nikons, though. There’s no doubt the ST550 is a camera designed with considerable flair, but it’s overburdened with menu options, modes and trinkets that do nothing to make better photos.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“Image noise control, on the other hand, is surprisingly good. Images at 400 ISO have a little noise and colour distortion but are quite printable, and even at 800 ISO tone gradients remain fairly smooth, usable for web and email purposes..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

MacWorld reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“The design and touchscreen interface on this camera are near-perfect, and if Samsung can iron out the battery-life and image-quality issues, the TL225′s successors could be a huge hit. The TL225 is fun to use and its features attract a lot of attention, but we expected better image quality and battery life for the price.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET.au reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
Good: Feels great, looks sharp • Rear LCD screen to die for • Front LCD good for the self-portrait obsessed. Bad: Too many megapixels • Preference for microSD cards • Easy to lose proprietary cable”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“Excellent image quality, a unique front-facing LCD for self-portraits, and a big, high-resolution touch-screen make Samsung’s DualView TL225 a true winner.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.asia reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“The good: Front LCD well-implemented for self-portraits and more; classy-looking; fast performance. The bad: Battery life could be better; front LCD unresponsive at times; picture quality deteriorates at ISO 400. The bottom line: The ST550 is a breath of fresh air to the otherwise stagnant compact camera segment, and the unique front LCD serves a greater function than just for self-portraits. “


Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
” It shoots good pictures, has a decent zoom lens and is easy to control and use. The large screen on the back of the camera is excellent: clear, bright and with enough resolution to show fine details. We also found that the touch-screen interface was also pretty good”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBay reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“The TL225 isn’t the best point and shoot camera out there; however, it’s not really designed for the ultimate goal of maximum quality. The TL225 is for the fun-loving snap-shooter out there who will actually make use of the front LCD screen. “
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“The camera produces usable photos for large prints without a problem up to ISO 400. At ISO 800, you will start to see some detail loss from the NR (noise reduction) system, however these images are still quite usable. I was surprised that ISO 1600 looks as good..”
Rating: N/A

Wired reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“This camera is for people who just want to snap a few Facebook pics or scare the crap out of a coulrophobic. Serious photogs looking for a serious point-and-shoot should have a look at a serious camera like the Canon S90. Seriously! “
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“There are plenty of features to get your teeth into with the Samsung ST550. Picture quality is very good too. If you like the features on offer then there should be very little to put you off buying this camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“if you like what you read, I’d suggest you take a shot at the TL225. I enjoyed shooting with it and found very little wrong with it once I got past my cynicism. The Samsung TL225 really is a cool camera. It works exactly as it is marketed, and it’s worth trying out.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Samsung TL225/ST550 and writes;
“…Its battery life is poor, the menu system needs more information, and it could use some more manual controls. However, it can take some good photos and it performs adequately in dim lighting. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Samsung TL225 User Reviews

Small and Quick | Rating: ★★★★☆
“..The TL225 is small and fast. The start-up time is less than a second and the flash regeneration is less than 4 seconds. Focus lock is quick and I have not “missed a shot” because the camera wasn’t ready… ” - Marietta

its a touch screen world out there now | Rating: ★★★★☆
“….The camera is thin to store anywhere. I went to a my verizon phone store and bought a phone case leather and has a clip for your belt. It work great when I was wine touring. Bottom line go and play with one but remember read the manual this camera has funtions that are not listed on the box..enjoy ” - R.Wilson

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Samples

Samsung TL225 Sample Photos

- Samsung TL225 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Samsung TL225 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
- Samsung TL225 Sample Photos @ RegHardware
- Samsung TL225 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Samsung TL225 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Samsung TL225 Sample Photos @ DCI

Manual

Samsung TL225 User Manual (PDF)

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- Download Samsung TL225/ST550 User Manual (PDF – 7.48MB)

Specs

Samsung TL225 Features

Dual LCD Displays
With the Dual LCD on front and back, ST550 and ST500 provide the easiest way to take the perfect self portrait, either by yourself or with friends or family, every time. On the front of the camera is a 1.5” LCD that shows you exactly what the picture will look like, so you can now be a subject of the picture, as well as the photographer.

* When you tap the front LCD, it turns on and automatically goes into Self-Portrait mode, ensuring that the user will always be framed exactly the way they want. You can also turn on the front LCD with a simple selection through the intuitive interface. As soon as you smile, the camera automatically takes the picture. But the Dual LCDs do more.
* In Children mode, the front LCD plays a fun animation to capture a child’s attention while taking their photo.
* Shutter Info ensures you take a photo of your subject while they’re smiling, the front LCD will display a “smiley face” when the shutter is pushed halfway thus signalling to the subject they should smile.
* Function Info helps you to know the features of every function, with the front LCD providing a visual readout of key camera settings, including whether or not the flash is engaged or if macro focus is in use.
* With Self-Timer, when taking a group photo using the self-timer, the front LCD will show a preview of the shot as well as a visual countdown timer so that everyone knows exactly when the photo will be snapped.

Smart Gesture UI
When it comes to smart, user-friendly features, the ST550 and ST500 are leading the way. Take for example its innovative Smart Gesture UI with built-in orientation sensor, which lets you quickly access and use the key features with either a simple tap or a hand gesture. To turn on the smaller LCD located on the front, simply tap the screen and activates automatically and immediately.

Using other advanced features is just as simple. With the Smart Gesture UI you can quickly scroll through your photos by slightly tilting the device in either direction or by selecting the appropriate photos for a slide show. You can also easily delete photos from your library using Gesture UI by marking a cross (X) on the screen using your finger or you can simply save your favourite photos into a separate folder.

If you want to rotate the images draw a circle (O) on the screen; if you want to see the next image you can drag it on to the screen with a sweep of your finger or by simply tilting the device.

World’s Highest Resolution 3.5” Wide Touch Screen Rear LCD*
The 3.5” wide LCD touch screen located on the back of the ST550 displays the sharpest images of any camera available today, delivering almost four times more than many cameras. Unlike other digital cameras, the LCD touch screen uses Samsung’s unique Haptic technology. That means the camera responds with a slight vibration and beep whenever you select an option.

12.2 Megapixels CCD, 27mm Wide Angle lens with 4.6x Optical Zoom
Samsung’s ST550 and ST500 come fully equipped with a true colour-filtered 12.2 megapixel CCD and boast a powerful 4.6x Optical Zoom, guaranteeing some of the sharpest and most detailed images available and allow for the printing of poster-sized photos. Whether you’re indoors or out, shooting a landscape or friends around a table, the 27mm wide angle lens plus 4.6x optical zoom give you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance delivering greater flexibility than 35mm cameras. Capture images of beautiful landscapes, entire wedding parties and skyscrapers without having to back up to get the shot. The precisely cut 27mm optical lens from Schneider-KREUZNACH delivers clear, clean images with even resolution from the centre to the edges. Each lens surface is multi-coated to minimize ghosting or flaring for a great shot every time.

Advanced Dual Image Stabilization (IS)
Samsung’s Advanced Dual Image Stabilization (IS) feature allows you to capture crystal-clear, blur-free shots without using a flash or tripod. The ST550 and ST500’s true Dual IS combines both Optical and Digital Image stabilizers to produce sharp images without the confusion commonly found in other cameras. The optical IS intelligently compensates for hand trembling by shifting the lens in the opposite direction. When Optical IS isn’t quite enough, the Digital IS automatically takes over to ensure blur-free images.

HD Movie Recording in the palm of your hand
The ST550 and ST500 are like having a compact HD video camera that also takes professional-grade photos. They record HD video in 1280x720p resolution at 30 frames per second. Their H.264 format also allows you to record twice as much as an MP4 and four times more than an MJPG (the format used in many other digital cameras), delivering much higher video and sound quality. With the ST550’s mini-HDMI connector, you can also now watch your HD videos with any HDTV or HD monitor.

Smart Auto: shoot like a pro
Take professional-looking photos with Samsung’s Smart Auto feature so you never have to worry about your photos being washed out, too dark or out of focus. Smart Auto analyzes key elements of your composition such as colour, brightness, motion and subject and then automatically adjusts to take the perfect shot.

Smart Album
A 4GB memory card can store over 1,200 12-megapixel photos. That means a lot of photos to sort through, but with Samsung’s convenient Smart Album feature, you can quickly scroll through your entire library of images and organize them in the way that’s best for you. This unique feature allows you to organize photos by Favourite (if tagged as a “favourite” photo), Face (someone you’ve taken many photos of), Timeline (date photos were taken), Colour, Content (photos, videos, voice) and Week.

Perfect Portrait System

Picture-perfect moments at their best
The Perfect Portrait System takes the guess work out of shooting beautiful portraits. Key features of this system are the Smile Shot and Blink Detection technologies which automatically detect when your subjects are smiling and have their eyes open so you capture them looking their best. Another advanced feature is the Red-eye Fix mode. This in-camera feature automatically fixes the typical occurrences of red-eye before the photo is produce. That means you don’t have to spend time afterwards removing red-eyes from your photos.

One touch shooting and Auto-Focus
Sometimes the focal point of your picture is not always in the centre of the frame. In cases like this, the ST550 and ST500’s One Touch Auto Focus feature allows you to focus on a different part of the shot by simply touching the desired area. That means your subject will always be in focus. Once you’ve selected the focal point, you can simply leave your finger on the screen for two seconds or push the shutter button to take the picture.

Smart Face Recognition
The ST550 and ST500 feature advanced Face Recognition technology that automatically stores up to 20 preferred faces to the cameras’ internal memory. While taking a portrait, the ST550 and ST500 will automatically recognize if one of the user’s preferred faces is in the frame and identify them as a priority for focus and exposure. Users can also save time sorting through their photos and instead search for photos that contain a specific face.

Beauty Shot
Samsung’s Beauty Shot feature lets you remove all the imperfections on your subject’s face such as wrinkles, blemishes and moles, leaving skin flawless. Simply select one of the two editing options to even out skin tone and complexion.

Photo Style Selector: unleash your creativity
The ST550 and ST500 are designed to help you find your inner artist and shoot beautiful pictures. With Samsung’s unique highlight feature, you can focus on one area of your photo and blur everything around it, so turning a normal photo into something much more complex. Simply select one of the two editing options to even out skin tone and complexion.


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