Samsung Adds Smart UI To Video Cameras

By Greg Tarr On Jan 24 2011 - 6:01am

LAS VEGAS — Samsung’s digital imaging group used International CES to unveil a range of new camcorders and digicams, including select models equipped with an icon-based Interactive Smart Access User Interface (ISAUI) app.

The company also unveiled a new NX family mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, a Wi-Fi digital cam, and an 18x, 14-megapixel point and shoot.

The new ISAUI, which is available in the ST700 still camera and the HMX-Q10 camcorder, is said to provide easy-to-use key features activated through touchscreen recognition. Users can drag, click and control visually appealing and easily understandable “app-style” icons for an intuitive experience.

Among the five new camcorders at the show was the horizontally configured HMX-Q10, which features 1080/60i video recording, one-button operation, 20x zoom (10x optical), backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, modeless sequence auto power on/off, and switch to playback mode by turning the LCD screen. It will be available in a choice of pink, blue, Titan and black.

Among other new digital cameras, the ST700 (shipping in March at a $280 suggested retail), PL170 (March, $200) and PL120 (March, $150) are new dual-screen point-and-shoot cameras. The ST700 features the aforementioned ISAUI, 16-megapixel resolution, a 5x optical zoom lens with 26mm wide angle, dual LCDs with a 3-inch touchscreen and front 1.8-inch LCD, 720p video recording (H.264), HDMI and Smart Filter 2.0 technology.

The Samsung PL170 features a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, and 1.5-inch front screen and 3-inch nontouchscreen LCD. The PL120 is the entry-level dual-screen model with 14.2-megapixel resolution, 5x optical zoom (digital stabilization only), dual 1.5-inch front screen and 2.7-inch rear LCD screen.

The PL120 also adds 720 HD video recording (MJPEG), 25mm wide-angle capability, Smart Filter 2.0 and five lens effects.

A few days prior to the show, Samsung introduced the NX11 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that will accept i-Function lenses first introduced for the NX100. The NX11 will come complete with an 18-55mm i-Function lens.

Features include a built-in flash and built-in electronic VGA (640 by 480) viewfinder, 3-inch AMOLED screen and 720p HD recording.

The NX11 was joined by the unveiling of the 14-megapixel SH100 (March, $200), a compact Wi-Fi enabled camera optimized for sharing images over the internet and on social networks. The SH100 uses Wi-Fi to connect to an Android-powered Galaxy S smartphone to view the shot, zoom in and out to get the best picture, and then activate the shutter remotely for self-portraits and tripod shots.

At the same time, the company unveiled a digital point-and-shoot (model WB700), offering 14-megapixel resolution, an 18x optical zoom lens with a 24mm ultra wide angle, and a 3-inch LCD monitor.

The camera measures 4.1 by 2.3 by 0.98 inches, records HD video in 720p using the H.264 compression standard, and is available in black and silver.

Other features include an HDMI output and manual control options.

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