Samsung CL65 Brief Review

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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
  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Samsung CL65
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
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

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.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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