Samsung TL240 Review

By Matt Metzker

Review posted 08/02/2010

Quick Take
Pros
Large 3.5-inch LCD worked well in various lighting conditions; Responsive touchscreen GUI; Nice exterior with well-built feel; Great image quality with pleasing fine detail; Good video quality for compact camera; Capable Smart Auto mode; "Cool" filter modes

Cons
Uses microSD cards, which can cause you to replace your existing SD/SDHC cards; Battery charges in the camera, which means you can't charge a secondary pack while using the camera
Bottom Line
The TL240 is a good solid camera with 14-megapixels of resolution and a 7x zoom, all while still being very compact. This camera performed very well during our tests with minimal cons. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

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The Samsung TL240 is a 14-Megapixel compact camera with a 7x optical zoom lens, and a large 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD. The TL240's Smart Auto shooting mode takes all the guesswork out of your picture taking, and they've also added a new Smart Auto movie function.  The TL240 boasts features like: 720p HD video (H.264 format), Dual Image Stabilization (OIS + DIS), Smart Gesture UI (a built-in accelerator that allows hand movements to become commands that the camera will react to), Smart Face Recognition (recognizing up to 20 faces or the most often photographed subjects) and Smart Album (automatically organizes your photos by type, date, color, week, and face). The TL240 has a MSRP of $299.99 and comes in Black, Silver or Red.

Features of the TL240:
  • 14.2-megapixels of resolution
  • 3.5" (8.9 cm) Wide touchscreen display with 1,152 K pixels
  • Schneider-KREUZNACH 7x lens covers 35mm film equivalent range of 31 - 217 mm
  • Shooting Modes: Smart Auto, Auto, Program, Scene (13), Dual IS, Smart Auto Movie and Movie
  • High Quality 720p HD movie mode as well as 640x480 and 320x240 options
  • Burst modes: Continuous, Motion Capture and AEB (takes three pictures at different exposure settings)
  • HDMI port for digital playback
  • Uses microSD/SDHC cards
  • Charges via USB cord
  • Dual Image Stabilization (Optical + Digital IS systems)
  • Self-standing Posture gives it a 7 degree angle good for setting on a flat surface and taking a picture.
  • Cool filters for artistic flair
  • Smart Gesture accelerator
Whats in the box?
  • Samsung TL240 camera
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC adapter/USB cable
  • Cradle
  • Strap
  • Quick Start Manual
  • CD ROM

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