The Samsung PL120 is mostly gets compared to travel zooms, super zooms and compacts. The Samsung PL120's top rivals come from Samsung (such as the HZ15W and the PL210) and Olympus (such as the VR-340)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung PL120 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (ultra compact (94×54×19 mm) vs compact (104×60×28 mm)), has a touch screen, is newer (february 2011 vs february 2009) and is thinner (0.7" vs 1.5").

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and has worse image stabilization (digital vs LensSensor shift).

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
10 months newer
$107

Significant advantages of the VR-340 (vs the PL120)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the VR-340 (vs the PL120)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (104×60×28 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 1.1" vs 0.7"

common strengths of the VR-340 and PL120

  • Very small: Compact (104×60×28 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.7"

Samsung HZ15W

Samsung HZ15W
2 years older

Significant advantages of the HZ15W (vs the PL120)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the HZ15W (vs the PL120)

  • Much larger: Compact (105×61×37 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 1.5" vs 0.7"

common strengths of the HZ15W and PL120

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×61×37 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.7"

Samsung PL210

Samsung PL210
similar age

Significant advantages of the PL210 (vs the PL120)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    2. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the PL210 (vs the PL120)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the PL210 and PL120

  • Very small: Super compact (100×59×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.7"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung PL120 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (ultra compact (94×54×19 mm) vs prosumer size (114×79×86 mm)), has a touch screen and is thinner (0.7" vs 3.4").

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 22 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has worse image stabilization (digital vs lens) and is older (february 2011 vs june 2012).

Samsung WB100

Samsung WB100
1 year newer
$399

Significant advantages of the WB100 (vs the PL120)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 26 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the WB100 (vs the PL120)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.4" vs 0.7"

common strengths of the WB100 and PL120

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×79×86 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 0.7"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung PL120 compared to compact competitors include: it has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.7), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 24 mm), has worse image stabilization (digital vs lens) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
similar age
$261

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the PL120)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the PL120)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 300 HS and PL120

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.7"