Samsung DualView TL225

  • Category: Digital Cameras
Last Updated
October 8, 2009
Product Rating
4 Out of 5
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Front-facing LCD & large touch screen LCD on back
  • 720p Video w/ HDMI output
  • Long shutter lag
  • Proprietary HDMI & USB connectors
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If you're looking for a digital camera with one feature that stands out among all the rest, the Samsung DualView TL225 has got it: a dual LCD screen for self-portraits. The 12.4-megapixel has two viewfinders, one on the front and one on the back. The main LCD is 3.5-inches and is a touch screen as well. The above average image quality makes it a camera worth checking out if you want something both unique and functional.

The overall design of the Samsung DualView TL225 is very simplistic, featuring a sleek black body with a hint of color around its edge (in either blue, orange, purple, or red). In total, the camera measures 3.93 x 0.73 x 2.35-inches (wdh) and weighs a very light 0.37lbs. There are not many actual controls on the body of the device, thanks to the touch screen on the back. But there are a few buttons, including a shutter control, zoom, play, and a power button. We liked that Samsung still put physical zoom controls instead of integrating that into the touch screen, which allows for a more comfortable time framing shots, especially while on-the-fly.

For you camera geeks out there, the focal length is 4.9-22.5mm with a 32.5-inch focus range. The macro focus range is 1.968504 - 31.5 in. (w) / 19.69 - 31.5 in. (t) and it has a digital zoom of 5x and optical zoom is 4.6x. Unfortunately, it doesn't have interchangeable lenses, but for its small form factor that is somewhat expected.

The most attractive feature to some users is the dual-LCD screens on the TL225. The front's 1.5-inch display has a much lower-resolution compared to the main display, but it's more than enough for framing a self-portrait (or a "Facebook pic" as some would call it). This front display can be turned on or off by simply tapping it and will automatically turn on when the camera is on one of these three modes: Self Portrait, Self Timer, or Children. Another really innovative feature is when the camera is in Children mode, the front display shows an animated clown designed to make children smile for the picture.

The main display on the back is the device's most powerful feature in our opinion. The large 3.5-inch 152,000 pixel "haptic" touch screen makes using this camera easy and functional at the same time. Its resolution actually rivals many smart phones on the market today and because of that, the quality is fantastic. When using the camera in both very light and dark conditions, the display is very usable in all conditions. The haptic feature of the screen makes the whole camera vibrate slightly whenever the screen is pressed to let the user know you've made contact with the display.

The Samsung DualView TL225 writes to microSDHC cards, which isn't so commonplace in cameras as of yet, it is in cell phones. If you currently have any older microSD or SDHC cards, they won't work in this camera.

We were afraid that being such a good camera in terms of features, it would lack in image quality, but it doesn't at all. Picture quality was definitely above average, with excellent contrast and image detail in almost all conditions. There was some slight lens distortion apparent, which causes some images to look "warped". Video quality is very good too in decent lighting conditions, but is a little washed out in brighter settings. The TL225 can record 720p high-definition video at 30 frames per second and can be exported via an included HDMI cable to a TV. A USB 2.0 cable is also included and can be used to charge the battery as well. It should be noted here that both the HDMI and USB 2.0 cables have a proprietary connector, which can be costly to replace if you lose one of the cables.

Shutter speeds were mediocre, but still not horrible. From power on to first image, it took between 2-3 seconds and around 2 seconds between shots. These two numbers aren't bad, but the most mediocre of the numbers is the shutter lag, which is bare-minimum above 0.5 seconds, which is pretty long.

Overall the Samsung DualView TL225 is definitely a unique camera with the dual-displays and the large touch screen on the back. The ability to record 720p HD-video is another plus along with the good image quality too. The price point isn't bad either, but for some it may be slightly out of reach.