For the casual photographer who needs a low-cost, pocket-size camera, experts recommend the 14-megapixle Samsung PL210 for its 10x zoom, good picture quality and range of auto controls. However, "Its zoom capability doesn't quite make up for the somewhat lacking functions further within," says Molly McHugh of DigitalTrends.com, citing the laggy autofocus and somewhat confusing manual controls. The PL210 sports a variety of useful, fun filters, ranging from fish-eye to landscape, though some are better than others, McHugh notes. Reviewers say the six flash modes, with two dedicated to red-eye reduction, capture portrait shots nicely. Overall, the PLS210 produces good images with natural-looking colors, says K. Ershad of PC Advisor, but noise becomes more prominent beyond ISO 200.
Reviewers say the Samsung makes photography easy, especially for beginners. Its Smart Auto feature selects the appropriate settings for shots and wins high ratings from experts for its ease of use and accuracy. "Short of pressing the button to take the picture and zooming in if need be, the PL210 will do it all for you," Matt Grayson of Photography Blog says. Dual image stabilization produces crisp, clear photos for even the shakiest of hands. Corners of the images become softer when the lens is at its widest, but for the price "there is plenty for the compact user to get their teeth into," reviewers at EPhotoZine.com say. For those who plan on more frequent photo sessions, the Sony Cyber-shot H70 (Discontinued) includes 10x optical zoom with a 16.1-megapixel sensor while the premium compact Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS (Discontinued) offers the same optical zoom with a 10-megapixel sensor.
Steves-Digicams.com, DigitalTrends.com, PC Advisor and PhotographyBlog.com each provide comprehensive reviews of the Samsung PL210, along with plenty of photo quality examples and comparisons to similar competitor cameras. EPhotoZine.com offers a slightly shorter but still thorough review.
Molly McHugh awards the Samsung PL210 a score of 6.5 out of 10, citing its zoom, filters, and simple interface as upsides of the compact camera and the low quality chassis and slow autofocus as some of the downsides.
Review: Samsung PL210 Review, Molly McHugh, April 25, 2011
Reviewers praise the PL210 for its "slim and compact" design and its "incredibly versatile" zoom, but dislike its slow performance and the noise found throughout the ISO range.
Review: Samsung PL210 Review, May 2, 2011
In a detailed review, Matt Grayson of provides comparisons of the PL210's various settings and the pros and cons of its performance.
Review: Samsung PL210 Review, Matt Grayson, June 17, 2011
4. PC Advisor
Providing technical specs and an expert review of the PL210, K. Ershad finds this Samsung digital camera is best for "casual beginners."
Review: Samsung PL210 Review, K. Ershad, August 26, 2011
In a detailed review, EPhotoZine.com editors present the ups and downs of the PL210, as well as higher performing digital cameras with relatively low price tags for those who need a more advanced device.
Review: Samsung PL210 Digital Compact Camera Review, May 24, 2011