Features & Controls

By Matt Metzker

The TL240 is equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach 7x optical zoom that will retract inside the compact body when powered down and is protected by a built-in lens cover. The lens has a 35mm film equivalent range of 31 - 217 mm. This unit features a maximum aperture range of F3.3-5.5 (wide - telephoto), and also utilizes Samsung's Dual IS technology. By combining both mechanical sensor-shift and High ISO technologies, the TL240 will help you capture images that are not only brighter, but blur free.

samsung_tl240_flash.jpgThe flash for the TL240 is located just to the left of the lens which is a great location to keep fingers from obstructing it. According to the owners manual, the flash is effective up to 10 ft. at wide angle or 6ft. at telephoto (using ISO Auto). The effective range for close up shots is about 1 foot. 

samsung_tl240_controls_top.jpgThe "physical" controls for the TL240 are minimal, thanks to the touchscreen system. In the image above we see the top of the camera, and starting on the left is the Playback button. This button will also power on the camera when pressed, making it quick and easy to share photos/videos with friends and family. Next is the Power button and last is the shutter release with the zoom control wrapped around it.

samsung_tl240_controls_back.jpgThe back of the camera is taken up by the large 3.5-inch touchscreen. Here is a quick look at the main controls. The configuration will depend on what shooting mode you are in, but generally they are similar. Here we see the camera is in Program mode, the "buttons" visible are for the flash, autofocus, timer or drive mode and the display. On the right are the Accelerator and the Menu buttons. The Accelerator button when pressed and held allows you to change shooting modes by either rotating the camera forwards/backwards, or dipping it to the left. There will be more information on these function in the Record Screens and Menus page.

The left side of the TL240 houses the two ports for using the camera with external equipment. The top port is the HDMI connector. With an optional (not included with the camera) HDMI cable, the camera can be plugged into a High Definition television for viewing images and video directly from the camera. The USB port is used to plug into a computer to download images and video or direct printing when plugged into a compatible printer. This is also how the camera is charged either through a powered USB port on your computer or using the included adapter to plug it into an AC outlet.

samsung_tl240_microsd_2.jpgThe Samsung TL240 uses only microSD cards. I am really not sure why Samsung chose to do this as the cards are very small and require an adapter to plug into most computers, card readers and printers. Whereas standard SD/SDHC cards are larger (easier NOT to lose) and most newer computers and PictBridge printers are equipped with slots that the cards fit into without an adapter. Pictured above is a Samsung microSD 2G card (not included) and the owners manual only recommends up to a 4G card.

samsung_tl240_battery.jpgThe camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-Ion battery. Unfortunately the battery is charged inside the camera, and it does not come with an external AC charger. Using the USB cord you can charge the battery either by plugging into a powered USB port on your PC or MAC or with the adapter seen above you can plug the camera into a wall AC outlet. In the owners manual, Samsung mentions an optional cradle for charging batteries out of the camera (item: AD44-00164A), but I was unable to actually find the item on Samsung's website or on any of the retail sites I checked (as of 06/2010). So if you purchase a second battery be sure to charge both before shooting as you will lose the use of the camera in order to charge the battery.

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