Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has announced the latest additions to its DualView camera portfolio, the 14.2 mega-pixel ST600 (pictured) and ST100. They’re due in September for US$329.99 and $349.99, respectively.
The new flagship models of the Samsung DualView camera family each received an upgrade to their front LCD screens, activated by a simple tap, which now measure 1.8 inches compared to the 1.5-inch front LCD screens found on their DualView predecessors. The Samsung DualView ST600 and ST100 are encased in a slim compact frame with a metallic finish.
The cameras come equipped with Schneider Kreuznach lenses supported by Optical and Digital Image Stabilizations. The ST600 combines a 27mm wide-angle focal length with a 5x optical zoom, while the ST100 is the first Samsung DualView digital camera to feature an internal, 5x optical zoom.
The new ST600 and ST100 feature Samsung’s Smart Auto (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology. Smart Auto (Still & Movie) analyzes key elements of the composition of the image such as color, brightness, motion and subject and then selects the appropriate scene mode that will produce the best results.
Additional features offered by the cameras’ front LCD screens include a self-portrait mode, a couples mode which will automatically snap a photo when it detects two faces tilted toward each other, a children’s setting which will play a cartoon animation with sound to encourage young ones to smile for the camera, and a self-timer which provides a visual countdown so that everyone posing for a photo knows exactly when to smile.
The newest feature incorporated into the front LCD screen is Samsung’s jump shot mode. When set to jump shot mode, the front LCD will provide a visual queue to those in front of the camera to jump in unison, and immediately trigger the ST600 or ST100 to take three consecutive images to help users capture an image that essentially freezes their subjects in mid-air.
The ST600 and ST100 also incorporate Samsung’s Smart Gesture User Interface (UI), which allows for the quick access and use of key features with either a simple tilt or a hand gesture. Users can 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.
Samsung has also announced the announced the PL200, a14.2 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera. It’s also due in September and will cost $179.99.
Samsung’s PL200 measures 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.83 inches and touts a 3.0-inch LCD. It also incorporates a powerful 7x optical zoom lens (35mm film equivalent focal length of 31mm-217mm). Other features include Dual Image Stabilization technology, Smart Auto (Still & Movie) technology, Beauty Shot and Smile Shot modes, as well as Blink Detection and Face Detection features. Alongside still images, the PL200 can also record 720p HD video at 30 frames-per-second in H.264 format.