Samsung's ultra-compact PL90 features a 4x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 28-112 and a maximum aperture of f2.8 at the wide end. This allows the camera to handle low-light situations well when using the 28mm wide end. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the camera body for protection.
The small, built-in flash unit on the PL90 has a very limited range reaching up to 3.3m (10.8ft) at wide zoom. Although you have to keep close, the flash can operate in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye and Slow Synch modes.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished on the 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen. The screen is very reflective and can be hard to see in bright lighting conditions such as direct sunlight.
Starting on top you have the "mode" key that allows you to set your camera to various shooting modes. Next the menu key takes you into all of your camera's options, such as sound, display, and shooting modes. The 4-way pad that allows you to scroll through the menu and function screens. The "ok" button is used to select options in these screens. In capture mode the 4-way pad can also be used as a shortcut for some options: "UP" will change the screen display to only basic information and back to all photo info, "DOWN" selects between Auto-focus and Macro, "LEFT" allows you to choose a flash mode, and "RIGHT" lets you decide to set the self timer if wanted. Bottom left is the "Play" button that moves the camera into play mode. To the right of the play button you have the "Function" key that brings up the function shortcut menu. The function key also substitutes as the delete key when applicable.
Located on the right side of the PL200 is the combination I/O port. This port is for the USB 2.0 (full-speed) data cable, Audio/Video output for connection to a TV set, and is also the port used for recharging the battery. You may also use any USB port on your PC/Mac to charge the camera or the included is an AC adapter. No AV cable is included.
Built directly into the bottom of the PL90 is a USB arm that allows you to directly connect the camera to any computer and some other devices without the need for an extra cable. When not in use, the arm folds and locks into the bottom of the camera to stay hidden.
Unlike most digicams, the PL90 does not store its images on standard SD memory cards. Instead Samsung has decided to use Micro SD cards to compliment the 50MB of internal memory. Here the camera is shown with an 8GB class 4 Kingston Micro SDHC card.
Charging your camera's battery is done through the built-in USB arm, either by plugging it into a computer or directly into the wall with the included cord and power adapter. This allows you to keep the battery inside the camera at all times, but it also makes it more difficult to keep a second battery charged. The included battery is a 3.7V, 740mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery.