Samsung CL80 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 14.2 megapixels
  • 7x optical zoom
  • 31mm wide-angle lens
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display
  • 720p HD video mode
  • Wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Captures to microSD memory cards
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-09-10
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Samsung CL80
14.2 megapixels; 7x optical zoom; 31mm wide-angle lens; 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display; 720p HD video mode; Wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth; Captures to microSD memory cards; Lithium ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Samsung has given us an impressive little camera in the CL80. The 14.2 megapixel resolution, 7x optical zoom, 31mm wide-angle lens, and 720p HD video are nothing too special these days, but the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities and the extra-slick 3.7-inch active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen are certainly noteworthy. There have been WiFi cameras before (including the Samsung CL65, a similar model that seems to have slipped under the radar), but never in such a good-looking body. For a cheaper model with the same lens and sensor, check out the TL420—aside from the AMOLED screen and WiFi/Bluetooth capability, it's almost identical. For all the flash and flare of the body, it costs way too much for its mediocre photo capabilities. Note: This camera is known as the ST5500 in some countries.

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