By Tim Moynihan
During four digital camera announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas today, Samsung introduced a wide-angle, 10X-optical-zoom
camera that ranges from an extremely wide 24mm on the wide-angle end to
240mm on the telephoto end. In wide-angle capability, the Samsung HZ10W
is the league leader at this year's CES among fixed-lens cameras.
10.2-megapixel HZ10W, which will be available in January for $300, also
features a 720p high-definition shooting mode (30 frames per second
with the H.264 codec) that saves video clips as one file, even after
the shooter pauses the recording. Also in the mix are dual
optical/digital image stabilization and today's usual host of
face-detection, smile-trigger, and red-eye-correction modes.
In addition to the HZ10W, Samsung announced the ultracompact, 12.2-megapixel TL100, which is just 16.6 millimeters thick.
TL100 offers a new addition to Samsung's in-camera features: a Smart
Auto mode, which automatically selects a scene mode or camera settings
based on the shooting environment. The TL100, which also has a 3X
optical zoom, MPEG-4 video capability, digital image stabilization, and
a 2.7-inch-diagonal LCD, will be available in the spring, but pricing
information has not yet been released.
Rounding out Samsung's
CES 2009 camera announcements are two new entry-level models, the SL102
and SL420. The lower-end, 10.2-megapixel SL102 (pictured below)
provides a 3X optical zoom, a 2.5-inch-diagonal LCD, motion-JPEG video
shooting, face recognition, and digital image stabilization.
slightly higher-end SL420 (pictured below) packs in much of the same
features, but has a 5X optical zoom, dual optical/digital image
stabilization, MPEG-4 video capability, a 2.7-inch LCD, blink
detection, and a smile-trigger shutter. Both models will be available
in the spring, but pricing is not yet available.
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