The Bottom Line
You've probably seen the Samsung DualView TL225 camera in TV commercials recently. It's not often camera manufacturers highlight a single camera model with a TV campaign, especially a point and shoot camera, but Samsung has good reason to promote this model.
You don't need to ready my DualView TL225 review to realize the "wow" factor of this camera, thanks to its two LCD screens. However, what my review does show is that the DualView TL225 both looks great and performs really well. The MSRP of $350 is a little high for a beginner camera, but for those who want the latest "wow" camera, the DualView TL225 is it.
- The DualView TL225's "wow" factor is off the charts with two LCDs
- Touch-screen LCD on back is large, bright, and sharp - one of the best around
- Image quality is very good
- Autofocus works very well most of the time
- Menu structure is easy to understand, especially with touchscreen LCD
- Camera can be a little tough to hold comfortably because of large LCD
- Not surprisingly, an LCD that occupies the entire back of the camera is easy to smudge
- Only can charge battery while it's in camera
- Macro mode images sometime wash out when flash is required
- Only works with less common MicroSD memory cards
- Resolution: 12.2 megapixels
- Optical zoom: 4.6X (27-124.2mm)
- LCD: 3.5-inch, 1,152,000 pixels (back, touchscreen); 1.5-inch, 61,000 pixels (front)
- Maximum image size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion
- Dimensions: 2.35 x 3.93 x 0.73 inches
- Weight: about 5.84 ounces (no battery, no memory card)
- Image sensor: CCD 1/2.33 in.
Guide Review - Samsung DualView TL225 Review
With 12.2 megapixels of resolution, the DualView TL225 can create large prints. Overall image quality is very good, with realistic colors and sharp focus.
At times, the flash is a little too powerful and the macro mode doesn't work well in low light, but those are the primary drawbacks.
Response times are strong for the DualView TL225 with very little shutter lag or shot to shot delays.
The biggest potential problem involves battery power, as powering the two LCDs will drain the battery more quickly than with other cameras. Samsung attempts to preserve battery power by shutting down the LCD on the front whenever it isn't in use, but it might be a good idea to have a second, fully charged battery on hand.
Now to discuss the fun part of the DualView TL225: The LCDs.
The primary 3.5-inch LCD occupies the entire back panel of the camera and is one of the sharpest and brightest you'll find. The primary LCD is great, but it can be a little tough to hold the camera comfortably without smudging the LCD. However, with a little practice, most people will get the hang of holding the DualView TL225.
The 1.5-inch LCD on the front of the camera is a very cool feature. Obviously, the small LCD simplifies the process of shooting self-portraits. It also can display an animation or a "smiley face," both of which are designed to grab the attention of small children as you attempt to have them look at the camera while you shoot their photos.
Finally, the touchscreen LCD works very well, responding as it should. You even can use "gestures," such as drawing an "X" on the LCD with your finger on a photo you want to delete. Having a touchscreen LCD on a beginner level camera is a great feature.
Beyond the LCDs, the DualView TL225 uses the less common microSD memory card, which may mean you have to buy a new memory card.