Samsung DualView TL220 Brief Review


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  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 720 HD video
  • 4.6x optical zoom
  • 3.0-inch rear touch-screen LCD display
  • 1.5-inch front LCD display
  • Dual image stabilization
  • Smart Auto Feature
  • 27mm wide-angle lens
  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Samsung DualView TL220
12.2 megapixels; 720 HD video; 4.6x optical zoom; 3.0-inch rear touch-screen LCD display; 1.5-inch front LCD display; Dual image stabilization; Smart Auto Feature; 27mm wide-angle lens
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The TL220 was one of the first DualView cameras, which has gone on to be a successful line for Samsung. Alas, this model is now out of production. Here's what we had to say when it was released in September 2009:

[Read our hands-on review of the TL220's big brother, the TL225] A very high percentage of all digital photos are self-portraits taken at an arm's length. This results in a similarly high number of pictures featuring only disembodied arms, foreheads, and half-faces. In the hopes of ending this unfortunate phenomenon, Samsung has introduced the first camera with LCD displays on both sides of the camera so that narcissi...uh, self-portraitists can remember every face that they've ever made. In all seriousness, the front LCD is a cool concept and well-executed for the most part. The rear touchscreen is a flashy touch, though operation is frustrating at times. Overall, the TL220 performs well, but not quite enough to justify the price tag. If you are going to buy a DualView, go with the bigger screen of the TL225.

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