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 fare.
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 other;
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 stabilization.
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.