Samsung PL20 unleashed

New compact crammed with killer features for under a ton

Bargain-bucket snapper loaded up with must-have tech.

Samsung has just pulled the wrappers off of its new budget compact snapper, the PL20. And while it comes in at a penny shy of £100, it’s got features that’d make cameras twice that price blush.

As well as a more than ample 14 megapixel sensor, you’ll find a massive 27mm wide angle lens, as well as 5x optical zoom for getting right into the action from any distance.

Best of all, it rocks HD Ready 720p video smarts, with shots recorded at 24fps. Considering the price that’s mighty impressive. Chuck in a Smart Auto function for getting the very best snaps without tinkering with the settings, and you’re looking at a gadget must-have. Samsung has also ditched its reliance on AA batteries for its low-end compacts, switching to a rechargeable effort instead.

It’s up for grabs in March in black, red, silver and pink. Surely worth a punt if you want a basic camera for lugging round festivals and the like this summer.