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Advantages of the Samsung PL100

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the PL100's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Weight
Slightly lighter
177 g vs 187 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Samsung ST550

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 2.7"
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Around 30% larger screen
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
27 mm vs 35 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,152k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 5x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Slightly smaller
100×60×19 mm vs 99×59×20 mm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              PL10099×59×20 mm
              ST550100×60×19 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              PL1000.8"
              ST5500.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              PL100177 g
              ST550187 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              8 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              PL10035 mm
              ST55027 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              PL1003x
              ST5504.6x

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