Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung Electronics America recently unveiled a pair of 12.2-megapixel digital still cameras with dual LCD screens and a super-slim model with 5x optical zoom and built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DLNA connectivity.
Samsung CL65 ($399 suggested retail)
To simplify self-portrait photography, the Samsung DualView TL225 ($349 suggested retail) and TL220 ($299) feature one LCD on the front of the camera, in addition to a second one on the back.
The CL65 ($399) features an ultra-compact form factor, a long 5x focal length zoom lens and is billed as the first digital still camera with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DLNA connectivity support.
All three cameras will ship to retailers the in early September.
The compact dual-screen models each have a 1.5-inch LCD screen in the front of the camera to bring the photographer into the picture.
When in Child mode, the front LCD plays an animated clip to capture a child's attention as the photo is taken.
Similarly, a Shutter Info function displays a smiley face on the front LCD when the photographer has the shutter button pushed halfway down, giving the subject a signal to smile for the shot.
The TL225 model includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen display on the back with up to four times the resolution of traditional digital cameras, Samsung said.
The TL220 also includes haptic vibration feedback for ease of use. It features a 4.6x wide-angle Schneider-Kreuznach lens starting at 27mm.
Also included is Samsung's advanced Dual Image Stabilization (IS) technology that combines both optical (OIS) and digital image stabilizers to produce sharp images with less confusion.
"These cameras are the very first of their kind," stated Sang Jin Park, Samsung Digital Imaging CEO. "It has become more common for the photographer to switch roles and become the subject of his or her photo, especially given the rise in popularity of self-portraits or profile pictures for use with today's popular social networking sites."
The cameras also include Samsung's Smart Gesture user interface with built-in Gravity sensor, allowing a simple tap on the front LCD to activate the camera's self portrait mode with smile detection.
By tapping the front panel and smiling, the camera is set to take the shot automatically.
The cameras also include Smile Shot, Smart face recognition and Smart auto models.
The camera was also designed to perform a number of functions by tilting it in a certain direction. This will enable viewing a saved image.
Samsung's Smart auto recognizes 16 different potential scenes, analyzes key elements of the composition and subject, and selects the most appropriate scene settings.
The Smart face recognition technology will memorize up to 20 faces and adjust the focus and exposure to the highest-ranked faces in the camera's memory. It also allows users to sort images by registered faces and scroll through to find images of people in their Smart Album instead of viewing every single photo.
Both cameras also include 720p HD video recording at 30 fps in H.264 format. HDMI connectivity is added for easy hook up to an HDTV or HD monitor.
The CL65, meanwhile, features built-in geo-tagging, Bluetooth 2.0, DLNA compatibility and Wi-Fi connectivity, to simplify photo sharing with friends and family.
The geo-tagging tracks the locations where photos were taken. The CL65 displays the city on the camera's LCD screen, showing the location where the photo is being taken and serving as a reference for photo archiving and playback. With the embedded PC software package "intelli-studio," users can also easily view, edit and manage their pictures right on the camera before uploading them to popular photo-sharing sites, such as Picasa.
The DLNA compatibility and Wi-Fi connectivity enable users to send and share pictures at home an on the road.
Using Bluetooth 2.0 technology, users can wirelessly beam images to other compatible devices.
The CL65 includes a 3.5-inch LCD touch-screen with a resolution of 1,152K pixels.
Samsung's Smart Gesture User Interface enables accessing key features with a tilt of the camera.
The CL65 features a 12.2-megapixel CCD and a 35mm Schneiderâ€‘Kreuznach lens, internal 5x optical zoom with advanced dual image stabilization technology, and 720p HD video recording at 30 fps in H.264 format.
A one-touch auto-focus system puts allows the user to pinpoint the exact area to focus on by touching the location on the LCD screen.