Samsung TL500: Conclusions

February 1, 2011 by Howard Creech Reads (3,174)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.75
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Samsung digicams often provide better performance than their competition at the same price point and that’s the case with the TL500. After carrying this nifty little digital camera with me just about everywhere I’ve gone for the last few weeks, the TL500 has replaced the Canon S95 as my benchmark (plus end of the grading curve) point-and-shoot.

The TL500 is obviously targeted towards advanced users, but this digicam offers much for mainstream shooters as well. The TL500 is user friendly with simple icon driven menus, a well designed Smart Auto mode, and an adequate selection of scene mode settings. The TL500 would be a good choice for couples (or families) with one advanced photographer and a casual shooter spouse or significant other.

The TL500 is a more than worthy competitor in the “compact prosumer point-and-shoot” marketing niche. If I were buying a digital camera today, the TL500 would be in the top spot on my short list.


  • Excellent Schneider zoom with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • Intuitive control layout 
  • Very impressive noise mangement 
  • Decent battery life 
  • Easily usable by both beginners and advanced shooters


  • Expensive
  • No HD video capture 
  • A couple of minor design missteps 
  • Battery charges in the camera
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