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Samsung pl221 Camera Review


The Samsung pl221, at first glance seems like any ordinary camera. Some may say it even looks a bit boring. However, they only deceive themselves, as it is not boring but far from it. So then, what’s so special? It’s neither the mega pixels nor the zoom; rather, it is actually the price. What one gets for this price is an excellent camera that can hold its own against other cameras twice, and dare I say it, thrice the price.


The camera comes mainly in colours of red, black and silver all of which don’t disguise the fact that it looks pretty ugly. But for only £60.00 you can get an excellent 16.1 mg pixel camera. However, for a cheap camera, it takes some of the best photos I have seen, although it struggles in poorly lit conditions; which is mainly due to the cheap lens and weak flash. The camera comes with a 27 mm wide angle allowing you to take wider shots.

Some critics claim the camera has a poor response time disappointing those who wish to take images instantly. Nevertheless, its ‘slow’ response time of three seconds will most probably only disappoint professional photographers, since I personally don’t think it’s that slow.

However, it does require more time to fully focus onto the subject. Although, this can be overlooked due the fact that the buyer gets a huge array of settings for the camera from the basics like macro, to more complex features for taking the best shots. The amount of options can get a bit confusing, especially if you’re like me and just wish to point and shoot, no matter it comes with a smart mode that selects the optimum setting.

The Samsung supports 10x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. It also comes with rechargeable batteries; not bad for just £60.00, but there’s still more. The pll221 supports a 720p video camera with sound, which is perfect for taking videos. The body houses an LCD screen and is 5.85 cm high, 10.04 cm wide and has a depth of 1.97 cm.

The Samsung pl221 can be found on Amazon for around £60.


  • Excellent price
  • Amazing camera, good zoom and good video recorder.
  •  Comes with a vast collection of modes and settings
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to use


  • Functions poorly in bad light
  • Weak flash
  • Some may find setting different advanced camera modes annoying if not using smart mode (which is rare).
  • Not best looking camera.


I could drone on about the camera’s amazing ability but I thought it would be a better to show you a couple of images, as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words or more in this case, since it is 16 mega pixels. (Note that I am not the best photographer).

So is it worth the money… Yes every penny. This is simply one of the best cameras for amateur photographers and families alike.

Other alternatives

Nikon COOLPIX L26 Compact Digital Camera

Panasonic DMC-SZ1EB-l Compact Digital Camera.

Samsung DV300F Smart Compact Digital Camera.

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