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Samsung Bows Next-Generation DualView Cams

Ridgefield Park, N.J.
– Samsung Electronics has unveiled two additions to its DualView camera
portfolio, both offering a number of feature upgrades.

Shipping in
September, the ST600 ($330 suggested retail) and ST100 ($350) are both 14.2-megapixel
digital still cameras that continue Samsung’s use of LCD screens on both the
front and rear to enable self-portrait photography as well as shooting more conventional

New to the
DualViews this year is a tap-activated front panel, which now measures 1.8
inches, up from 1.5 inches, while the rear LCD screen measures 3.5 inches on
both cameras.

Picture settings
utilizing the tap-activated front LCD screen include:

a couples mode
that automatically snaps a photo when it detects two faces tilted toward each

 a children’s setting that plays a cartoon
animation with sound to encourage young ones to smile for the camera;

   a self-timer that provides a visual
countdown so that everyone posing for a photo knows exactly when to smile; and

  a new jump-shot mode that provides a visual
queue to those in front of the camera to jump in unison, immediately triggering
the ST600 or ST100 to take three consecutive images freezing action in mid-air.

The ST600 combines
a telescoping 27mm wide-angle focal length lens with a 5x optical zoom, while
the ST100 is the first Samsung DualView digital camera to feature an internal,
5x optical zoom, allowing for a thinner cosmetic.

The Samsung
DualView ST600 and ST100 are also available in a choice of colors, including
purple (ST600) and pink (ST100), and are encased in a slim and sleek compact
frame with a metallic finish.

“Today’s launch is
an important landmark for Samsung as it reinforces our position as a leading
innovator in the digital camera market,” said S.J. Park, Samsung digital
imaging division president. “Unlike any other feature found on digital cameras,
consumers immediately recognize the value of what our dual LCD technology can
do for them. There is no learning curve or technical understanding that must be
achieved as it is a natural extension of what our customers are already doing.
Samsung is looking to simplify that task with the new ST600 and ST100, ensuring
they have the ability to take the perfect profile shot, and never have to miss
that perfect picture moment with family and friends, even if they’re not behind
the camera.”

The new models
have Schneider Kreuznach optics supported by both optical and digital image

Additionally, video
is captured in 720p/30fps HD H.264 format.

Another common
feature is Smart Auto (for both stills and video) scene-recognition technology.
This analyzes key elements of a composition and then selects the appropriate
scene mode for the best results, Samsung said.

The ST600 and
ST100 also incorporate Samsung’s Smart Gesture User Interface that allows for
the quick access and use of key features with either a simple tilt or a hand
gesture, the company said.

Users can quickly
scroll through photos by slightly tilting the device in either direction,
swiping their finger across the screen, or by selecting the appropriate photos
for a slide show.