Samsung Unveils 7x Zoom Digicam


Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung Electronics America introduced Wednesday a midrange 14.2-megapixel digital point-and-shoot camera featuring a long 7x zoom lens.

The PL200 (shipping in September at a $180 suggested retail) joins

the just-announced next-generation DualView cameras

as the company's late-summer camera introductions.

It combines such popular features as 720p high-definition video recording, a 3-inch LCD screen and a 7x zoom range.

"The PL200 is the ideal digital camera for those who value simplicity but also long for a more immersive digital imaging experience," said Reid Sullivan, Samsung mobile entertainment marketing senior VP. "With the PL200, consumers can experience the versatility offered by more advanced digital cameras, along with a comprehensive suite of automatic controls, allowing them to step up to the next level of digital camera without stepping outside of their comfort zone."

The PL200 measures just 3.9 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.83 inches and offers a slim design style.

The 7x optical zoom lens (35mm film equivalent focal length of 31mm-217mm) produces blur-free images through the use of dual image stabilization technology, which combines both optical and digital systems.

The 720p/30 fps HD video captured by the camera is stored in H.264 format.

Automatic controls include Smart Auto (for stills and video) scene-recognition technology, to quickly analyze the current shooting environment and select the proper scene mode and settings for the best results.

Other automatic features include  Beauty Shot and Smile Shot modes, blink detection and face detection.

A Smart Album feature is also offered to help users manage image files.


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