Pros Front LCD, Beauty Mode, awesome Video, TONS of features!
Cons Moving Subjects in Pic's are Blurry on the TL220, maybe the Extra Action mode on the TL225 will help take care of this problem. Won't know until I officially get the TL225 next week
Summary I went to Best Buy yesterday and played around with the TL220 (st500 and st550 in Europe and Asia, and is the same cam as the TL225, just less features) for over an hour (no kidding, an employee told me to "Just buy the thing already"lol), and I can not express how much I LOVE this thing!
I have never had so much fun playing around with a camera before! It is sooo user friendly, I picked it up and knew everything within a couple of minutes!
The Pictures it took where pretty good, it didn't do so well with close moving subjects, much blurr, but still pics where clear and the colors where vibrant. I found a Korean site to where a gentleman who bought this Cam posted a TON of Pic's, they all looked wonderful as-well. He also stated that this was a "Very Very good Cam".
My favorite feature that sent me over the top was the "Beauty Shot" mode and front LCD feature! I have scars on my face due to acne (pretty bad scaring), and I went into Best Buy looking greasy and very sweaty (just got off of work). The pictures I took of myself in Beauty Shot mode made me look like a Model!!! I am not kidding, my face went from greasy and nasty in regular pics I was taking of myself, to looking like I belonged on a runway for a photoshoot once in Beauty Mode!!! I was SHOCKED at how perfectly complected my face looked, you could not see one acne scar or blemish, it was amazing! I did not expect this feature to work so well!!!
I took probably 80 or so pic's of myself, I absolutely love the front screen! Yes, I took pics of myself before, but only for web-sites a forum purposes. With this, it was a BLAST!!! I had so much fun with this camera, I did not expect myself to care to much for the front screen, but I will be using it all the time once I pick-up this cam!!
All I was looking for was a decent point and shoot that had great HD video and good quality Pic's for vacationing, and playing with this cam for as long as I did sent me over the edge with all the features it has, I REALLY LOVE IT! I would like to note that my fiance owns the Nikon D90 and I use it often, so I have some decent knowledge on how pictures should look. I also own my share of P&S cams.
The girl at Best Buy told me they Sold Out right away and have the cam on back-order, and that she hears nothing but good things about it (she is actually going to school for photography and said she thinks the cam is a really good buy, and she was not saying this because she works there, I have known her for atleast a year already (from Best Buy) so we are more friends then me being just a customer to her.
I also tested the HD video and it was WONDERFUL! Someone posted 3 test vids on YouTube using the tl220, the new compression format makes it look like HD even when choosing not to watch in HD! Never seen such great quality Vid before in a camera!!! It is also REALLY REALLY cool how you can Pause when recording, and then resume play when you decide to, this way all recordings are on the same file. You can also edit the vid in camera by trimming the vid, meaning takeout parts you don't want and keep what you do want.
I will be getting the TL225 instead of the TL220. It has a bigger screen, metal back instead of the Tl220's plastic back, HDMI inputs (for viewing your Pics and Vid on an HD TV) that the TL220 does not have, and I believe the TL225 has 2 more modes that the TL220 does not have. One is Action mode (which may fix the blurr in moving subjects, it should), and another mode I have which to identify. The TL225 shows 16 different modes in "Smart Capture" mode, and TL220 shows 14. The TL225's also has haptic feedback, which vibrates the screen slightly so the user knows when he/she selects a command, TL220 does not have this. The TL225 also wieghs a half-ounce more then the TL220 due to the choice of displays. One more thing to note is that the TL220 3.0-inch LCD screen resolution has 230,000 dots, while the TL225 has much much higher resolution at 1,152,000 dots on it's 3.5-inch LCD, the highest ever resolution on a Point and Shoot Camera (for you newbe's the higher the resolution the clearer the screen will be and you will be able to see more detail on whatever it is you are taking a picture of). To me, the extra $50 for the TL225 is well worth it if you can offord it.
Note that both Cams (TL220 and TL225) look identical other then the back screen being bigger on the TL225, and the colors they come in. I do wish the TL225 came in Red and Blue, but the orange will have to do for me. I will also be posting this same review for the TL220 for people looking to get that since thats the actual Cam that I toyed with.
I have done sooo much research on these cams in the past 2 weeks it is ridiculous!!lol I will give a more extensive review once I have this puppy to play with for longer then just a couple of hours.
All I have to say is I LOVE THIS CAM and can't wait to get it, it def exceeded my expectations thus far! :)
Pros HD Video, Smart Auto everything and manual, great pictures! and price got it on ebay for $270 with shipping!
Cons Front display low brightness and when you use the self picture sometimes it blurry. Stupid flash too on or off need to always watch this setting gets annoying. No external charging option.
Summary Overall nice point and shoot camera you don't have to think about. the front LCD can be brighter but it is cool and gets some attention. But value here and camera does not feel that solid but built ok. removed stupid rubber protection on the bottom for charging.
Pros dual view is cool
Cons Freezes during video, micro sd, SLOW!!!
Summary I'll never buy a Samsung camera again. My mistake. I'll stick to Canon or SonyTried emailing Samsung support....no response
Updated on Oct 31, 2009
Pros Dual View
takes pix quickly (my nikon was so slow it made me miss lots of great shots)
Cons Front screen flickers in and out, sometimes it wont come on at all
Front screen not responding to touch
Needs stylus to touch screen
cant charge battery outside of camera (no dock)
Summary I got this camera from Best Buy the other day as a gift. I think Im going to have to exchange it for another one. Something is wrong with the front screen. It flickers in and out when I move the camera. Sometimes the screen wont come on at all. It says all you have to do is tap the front screen to activate it, that doesnt work at all for me. When i turn on the front screen using the touch screen, it sasys "on" but a lot of times it doesnt come on at all. It comes on when it feels like it. I find that really annoying.
I also would prefer to touch the screen with my fingers. (you can touch the screen with your fingers but the instructions say you should use the stylus)
it doesnt come with a micro SD card so you have to buy your own. the manual says the limit is 8gb micro sdhc card. they were expensive in best buy so i ordered one off buy.com instead.
The only reason I wanted this camera was for the dual screen and that doesnt even work. Someone asked me to show them the camera and I was trying to show them how cool the front screen was and it embarassingly did not work! I am so disappointed in this camera. I hope that its just a faulty one and the new one works better. Im so glad I got the best buy extended warranty because it looks like this camera might be a handful.
Aside from the crappy front screen (did i mention it was the only reason i wanted this camera?), the other features on the camera are cool. Its very user friendly. I figured out how to work it for the most part, just by playing around with it. I havent played with it a whole lot, im waiting for my micro sd card to come in the mail. then i will be able to review it more.
"Very Fragile"on by kmhaney
Pros Loved the way it looked.
Cons Very fragile
Short battery life
Samsung will not back this product
Summary My husband and I bought this camera 4 days ago and the screen busted for no reason. We called Samsung and they would not do anything for it. They said it was physical damage and it was our fault.. If in fact it was our fault it broke in a padded case in my purse and I do not know anyone who would want a camera this fragile. We thought this would be a great camera for our family because we have bought many samsung products throughout the years. We now know how Samsung does buisness and will not fall into that trap anymore. I just wanted to let anyone know that was thinking aobut buying thiis camera how fragile it is. SO if you want to carry this camera with you be very careful and dont waste your time contacting Samsung if anything Happens to it because they will not do anything to help their customers.