Play, Print, and Edit Features
3" AMOLED Monitor: The Samsung TL500 digital camera features a
3" swiveling color AMOLED monitor. The AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic
Light-Emitting Diode) screen provides a higher contrast ratio, deeper blacks and
more vivid colors, even when viewed from an angle or in direct sunlight. The
display rotates to just about any angle so you can frame your photos with ease.
Dual Media: The Samsung TL500 digital camera can record still images
and video onto its built-in 22 MB flash memory or on optional SD or SDHC memory
cards up to 8 GB. Larger capacity memory cards are not guaranteed by Samsung.
Schneider-KREUZNACH Lens: The TL500 digital camera features a
Schneider-KREUZNACH 3x optical zoom
lens with a focal length of 5.2 to 15.6 mm (35mm equivalent is 24-72mm). The
f-stop range is f/1.8 (W) - 2.4 (T). The ring around the lens is removable,
allowing you to mount an optional Conversion Lens (AD97-18678A).
Digital Zoom: In addition to the 3x optical zoom, the camera provides a
digital zoom for a total zoom of 12x for still picture shooting.
Convenient Controls: The TL500 features convenient dual
dials on the top of the camera to allow you to make adjustments quickly. One
dial lets you select the shooting mode (Smart Auto, P, A, S, M, Dual IS, Scene,
and Movie) while the other lets you select the drive mode (Single, Continuous,
10 sec/2 sec Timers, and Bracket). On the front is a wheel key for adjusting the
shutter speed (in Shutter Priority or Manual mode) or adjusting the Exposure
Compensation. On the rear panel, the rotary Navigation wheel rotates to set the
aperture (in Aperture Priority or Manual mode), or to quickly scroll through
files in playback mode.
Image Recording Format: The digital camera records still
images in JPEG format. Uncompressed images can be recorded in RAW format and
must be processed by the included Samsung RAW Converter software. Standard-definition movie clips (up to 20 minutes) are recorded in MPEG-4 (H.264)
format with AAC audio.
Image Sensor: The Samsung TL500 digital camera is equipped with a
large 1/1.7" CCD image sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 10
mega-pixels for high-quality, low-noise images, regardless of the lighting
Image Size: The Samsung digital camera offers the following
still image sizes and movie clip sizes. The camera can record JPEG and RAW still images in a
3:2, 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1 aspect ratio with three compression ratio settings (Super
Fine, Fine, and Normal). Movie clips can be recorded in standard-definition
at 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 at 30 or 15 fps with a 4:3 aspect
ratio. The number of images that can be recorded onto a 1 GB SD Memory Card is
||RAW + JPEG
3648 x 2736
3648 x 2432
3264 x 2448
3648 x 2048
2736 x 2736
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1920 x 1080
1024 x 768
Total Recording Time
||30 Frames Per Second
||15 Frames Per Second
|640 x 480
||Approx. 25 min 50 sec
||Approx. 48 min 36 sec
|320 x 240
||Approx. 68 min 47 sec
||Approx. 99 min 53 sec
Dual Image Stabilization: The TL500 combines Samsung's
Optical Image Stabilization mechanism with the advanced algorithms of Digital
Image Stabilization to give you sharp, clear images.
Focus Modes: The Samsung TL500 offers the following
focus modes and focal ranges:
- Normal: 31.5" to infinity (W/T)
- Macro: 1.97" to 31.5" (W/T)
- Auto Macro: 1.97" to infinity (W), 19.69" to infinity (T)
- Manual Focus: 1.97" to infinity (W), 19.69" to infinity (T)
Focusing Area: You can select your preferred auto focus
- Center AF: the rectangular area in the center of the
LCD monitor will be focused
- Multi AF: camera selects one or more of the 9 AF points
- Selection AF: focus on the area you select
- Tracking AF: focus on and track the subject
Face Detection: With the Face Detection feature, the camera detects
faces in a scene and then automatically focuses and optimizes the brightness of
the face for beautiful portrait pictures. The Face Detection feature
detects up to 10 different faces, automatically adjusts focus and brightness,
and also senses and removes red-eye. The camera offers the following Face
- Normal: This mode detects the face position of the subject
automatically and the sets the focus and exposure.
- Smile Shot: The camera automatically takes a picture by
detecting the face of the subject although you do not press the shutter
button. If you press the Shutter button, the picture is taken in the normal
way. When taking a picture with smile shot, showing teeth or keeping the
smiley face of your subject helps detecting the smile face of the subject.
- Blink Detection: If the eyes of the subject are closed when
the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes 2 continuous shots and then
the images are saved. The camera takes only one picture if the eyes of the
subject are open when the Shutter button is pressed.
Smart Face Recognition: The camera automatically registers
faces you frequently photograph, and will prioritize the focus on those faces.
Up to 8 faces can be saved as favorites. Once the faces are registered, you can
rank them in order, or delete them to make room for others. These features are
only available when you use a memory card.
Focus Lock: Use the camera's focus lock function to focus on a subject
not positioned in the center of the picture.
Drive Modes: The camera offers 4 drive modes to suit your
- Single: Takes a single photo.
- Continuous: Takes images continuously until the shutter
button is released.
- Timer: Takes a photo in 10 seconds or 2 seconds as set.
- Bracketing: Takes a series of photos based on the
- PSS BKT: Takes 9 photos with different photo styles.
- WB BKT: Takes 3 photos with different white balance options.
- AE BKT: Takes 3 photos with selected exposures.
Recording Mode: The TL500 offers various recording modes to
choose from to match your shooting preference, using the on-screen selector:
- Smart Auto: The camera automatically chooses the
appropriate camera settings based on a detected type of scene. It will
automatically select one of the 17 scene modes which best suits the environment you are shooting
- Program: Select this mode to manual configure all functions
of the camera, except the aperture value and shutter speed.
- Aperture Priority: You can adjust the aperture value to control
how much light reaches the lens when you capture a photo, while the camera
sets the appropriate shutter speed for the scene.
- Shutter Priority: You can adjust the shutter speed to control how
long the camera's shutter remains open when you capture a photo, while the
camera sets the appropriate aperture value for the scene.
- Manual: You can manually set the aperture value and shutter
- Dual IS: Take a photo with options suitable for reducing
- Scene Modes: The TL500's various scenes modes automatically
configures the camera's optimal settings for a variety of shooting
- Night Mode: Use this for shooting still images at night or in
other dark conditions.
- Portrait: to take a picture of a person
- Children: to take a picture of fast moving
objects, such as children
- Landscape: to take pictures of distant scenery
- Close Up: close-up shooting for small objects such as plants
- Text: use this mode to shoot a document
- Sunset: for taking pictures of sunsets
- Dawn: daybreak scenes
- Backlight: portrait without shadows caused by backlight
- Fireworks: firework scenes
- Beach&Snow: for ocean, lake, beach, and
- Beauty Shot: Takes a photo of a person with
options to hide facial imperfections. Two available options:
- Face Tone: this function allows you to control
the skin tone in images that will be taken with beauty shot mode;
the higher the level you select, the brighter the skin tone
- Face Retouch: this feature allow you to make
skin appear clear and beautiful before recording in beauty shot
mode, the higher the level select, the more effective the control
- Movie Mode: A movie clip can be recorded (with or
without sound) for as long as the available recording time of the memory
capacity allows. The Smart Scene Detection mode automatically chooses the
appropriate video setting based on the detected type of scene (landscapes,
clear skies, forested areas, sunset).
Exposure Compensation: This camera automatically adjusts the exposure
according the ambient light conditions. You can also select the exposure value
from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.
Metering Mode: If you cannot obtain suitable exposure conditions, you
can change the camera's metering method to take brighter pictures. You can choose
from 3 modes:
- Multi: Exposure will be calculated based on an average of the
available light in the image area. This is suitable for general use.
- Spot: Only the rectangular area in the center of the LCD monitor
will be metered for light. This is suitable when the subject in the center
is exposed correctly, regardless of the back lighting.
- Center Weighted: Exposure will be calculated based on an average
of the available light in the image area. However, the calculation will be
biased towards the center of the image area. This is suitable for taking a
picture of small objects like a flower or insects.
Pop-up Flash: The Samsung digital camera features a pop-up
with a variable range based on the auto focus mode. The flash has a range of
7.87" to 20.3' (W) and 19.69" to 16.75' (T). The intensity of the
flash is adjustable to prevent under- or over-exposure. You can choose from the
following flash modes:
- Smart Auto: The camera selects a proper flash setting
for the detected scene in the Smart Mode.
- Auto Flash: If the subject or background is dark, the camera
flash will operate automatically.
- Red-Eye Fix: The flash fires when the subject or
background is dark, and the camera corrects red eyes through its advanced
- Fill In Flash: The flash fires regardless of the available light.
The intensity of the flash will be automatically controlled to suit the
- Slow Sync: The flash operates with a slow shutter speed to
obtain a balanced correct exposure.
- Red-Eye Reduction: When a shot with "red-eye" is
detected, this mode will reduce the red-eyed effect automatically.
- Flash Off: The flash does not fire.
Optional External Flash: In addition to the pop-up flash,
the TL500 has an accessory shoe for attaching an optional flash unit, such as
the Samsung SEF20A (305SEF20A) or SEF42A (305SEF42A).
White Balance: The white balance control allows you to adjust the
colors to appear more natural. The camera has seven white balance modes.
- Auto WB: The camera automatically selects the appropriate white
balance settings, depending on the prevailing lighting conditions.
- Daylight: For taking images outside.
- Cloudy: For taking images under a cloudy and overcast sky.
- Fluorescent H: For shooting under daylight fluorescent type of
three-way fluorescent lighting.
- Fluorescent L: Shooting under white fluorescent lighting.
- Tungsten: For shooting under tungsten (standard light bulb)
- Custom Set: Allows you to set the white balance according to the
- Color Temperature: You can manually adjust the color
temperature of the light source from 2,000 K to 10,000 K.
ISO Sensitivity: You can select the ISO
sensitivity when taking pictures. The speed or specific light-sensitivity of a
camera is rated by ISO numbers. A higher ISO setting allows for faster
shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need
for a flash. The camera features the following ISO settings: Auto, 80, 100,
200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200.
Photo Style Selector: You can add various effects to an
image you are about to record without using image editing software. You can
choose from Normal, Sketch, Defog, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative,
or Custom RGB.
Image Adjust: You can adjust the Contrast, Sharpness, and Saturation
of a recorded image.
Note: You cannot check the Image Adjustment effect on the camera's
LCD monitor before you take a picture, because this function is applied only
when the capture image is stored on the memory.
Voice Recording: You can make a monaural voice recording for as long as the
available memory (up to 10 hours). A voice memo of up to 10 seconds can be
recorded in a photo.
Optional Remote Control: The TL500 can be controlled by an
optional wireless remote control (AD59-00164A). You can take a photo 2 seconds
after pressing the shutter button on the remote. The remote control eye is
located on the front of the camera.
Play, Print, and Edit Features
Quick View: If you enable the Quick View function before capturing an
image, you can view the image you just captured on the camera's LCD monitor for
the set duration of 0.5, 1, or 3 seconds.
Smart Album: Recorded
content can be categorized by file type (picture, video, or voice), date, color, week,
favorite, or face; allowing you to easily retrieve them on the camera when you want to view
Thumbnail Playback: You can view multiple pictures (9 or 20) on the
LCD monitor at once.
Slide Show: Images can be displayed continuously, at intervals
of 1, 3, 5, or 10 seconds,
with various slide-show effects
on the camera's LCD monitor. The camera offer pre-recorded background music to
play along with your still image slide show.
Image Zoom: A single image can be zoomed in up to 11.4x (based on
image size) for a closer look. Once the image is zoomed in, you can pan around
different areas of the image.
Movie Playback: You can playback a movie clip on the camera's LCD
monitor. The camera offers basic playback functions such as Play, Pause, Scan
backward (2x, 4x, 8x),
and Scan Forward (2x, 4x, 8x). You can also adjust the volume level of the playback audio.
Copy To Card: This feature enables you to copy image files, movie
clips, and voice recording files from the camera's internal memory to an
inserted memory card.
Movie Clip Capture: You can capture still images from a recorded movie
clip. The captured movie clip file will be saved as the same size as the
original movie clip (640 x 480 or 320 x 240).
Edit: The Samsung TL500 digital camera offers various editing features
so you can manipulate your pictures right from the camera once they have been
- Resize: You can change the
resolution (size) of a pictures taken to a smaller size.
- Image Rotation: You can rotate and image 360-degrees in 90-degree
- Photo Style Selector: It is possible to add
various effects to your recorded images, such as Normal, Soft, Vivid,
Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, and Custom RGB.
- Smart Filter: You can apply various filter effects to
create unique images, such as miniature, vignetting, and a fish-eye effect.
- Image Adjust: You can adjust the following elements of
a recorded image:
- Red-Eye Fix: The red-eye effect can be removed from a
- Face Retouch: You can make the skin in a recorded image appear
more clear and beautiful.
- Add Noise Effect: You can add noise to a recorded image to add an
more classic feel to your photo.
Protecting Images: This is used to protect specific shots from being
Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The TL500 conforms to "Exif Print," a
worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white
balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is
captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information
to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the
time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer
to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even
better than the originals.
DPOF (1.1) Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify
settings for images that you wish to download to a computer. The settings used
on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards.
PictBridge (1.0) Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
AV/USB Proprietary Output: The Samsung TL500 features a single
proprietary port which allows you to connect the camera to your computer via the included
USB type-A cable. To connect the camera to a TV, you'll need the optional A/V
cable (AD39-00146A). The video output can be set to NTSC or PAL.
This proprietary output along with the supplied USB cable can be used to
recharge the battery (in the camera) using the supplied AC adapter.
HDMI: The TL500 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output (also
called HDMI 1.4), which will allow you to connect the camera to an
HDMI-equipped HDTV for viewing videos or photos in high definition. An
optional micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, such as the AD39-00179A from Samsung, is
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery: The Samsung TL500 comes
supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (SLB-11A) which provides up to
240 still image shots or 100 minutes of movie recording. The supplied AC adapter
and USB cable
charges the Lithium-Ion battery in approximately 150 minutes.
Auto Power Off: This function switches the camera off after a set
amount of time (of no operation) in order to prevent unnecessary battery
drainage. The camera can be set to turn off after 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes of no
Supplied Software: The Samsung TL500 comes supplied with a
CD-ROM which contains Intelli-Studio software, as well as the full User Manual.
Intelli-Studio is compatible only with Windows operating systems. It does not
work with Macintosh computers. The minimum requirements for loading Intelli-Studio
- CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or higher or AMD Athlon FX 2.2 GHz
- RAM: Minimum 512 MB (1 GB and above recommended)
- Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
- Hard Disc Drive: 250 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)
- CD-ROM drive
- nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher/ATI X1600 series or higher
- 1024 x 768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor (1280 x
1024 pixels, 32-bit display recommended)
- USB port, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
Mass Storage Device: You can use the camera as a Mass Storage Device
and download images to your computer if the computer is using one of the
following operating systems:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Mac OS 10.4 or later