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Samsung CL65
Samsung CL65
4.2
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Hey! You should know that Samsung has released a newer version of this product: the Samsung CL80.

Samsung CL65

B
We've given the CL65 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The CL65 is a sleek snapper with some fancy features built in, like WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, plus GPS for geotagging capability. WiFi can be a nice feature, but the GPS system is finnicky, and wildly inaccurate when it does work, sometimes tagging photos a half-mile from the true location (where other GPS units are within a few hundred feet). Add in some uninspiring photo quality and an occasionally frustrating touchscreen, and you get an overpriced hunk of gadgetry. To be clear, this is not a terrible camera, just an overpriced one, and only hardcore geotagging enthusiasts should give it a look -- and they'll even run into some issues.

Specifications

  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD display
  • 720p HD video mode
  • Wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS and photo geo-tagging
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Part Number: CL65
  • UPC: 044701011880
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2009

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Samsung CL65 Reviews

Samsung CL65 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Toothless Tech-Monster (Jessica — 01/10/2011)
I bought this camera a few weeks ago and I'm very happy with the picture and video quality. It's quite heavy and feels very solid which is reassuring for some reason. The WiFi is only good for emailing photos and it scales them down to 500k. The Bluetooth feature is very disappointing. It doesn't talk to laptops, only mobile phones. Ridiculous. The GPS is accurate and locks onto a satellite in about 30 seconds. They touchscreen is huge (the size of an iPhone screen), but to be honest the novelty of it wears off pretty quickly. Changing from photo mode to video mode requires you to touch and hold an icon in the screen and quickly tilt the camera forward, however it rarely works first time (or second or third) and you'll find yourself getting frustrated that there is not a button to press. Overall, it's a great novelty camera that takes good to very good photos and very good 720p video with good audio. But why you would want to email a scaled down photo from your camera, or Bluetooth a scaled down picture to a mobile phone is a mystery to me and is bordering on pointless. The GPS works well enough though, and is quite useful for travelers. The camera is expensive but you'll have bragging rights that your camera is a technology monster compared to most point and shoots. Just don't tell anyone that the technology is more or less pointless. Still, I do like the camera a lot and I have taken some great photos and videos with it. As a camera I recommend it. But sadly, the bells and whistles are out of tune. Score: 7/10
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