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Samsung unveiled a new digital camera to showcase its cutting-edge AMOLED display technology. The CL80 has impressive features such as a 14-megapixel image sensor, on-board WiFi, and a 3.7-inch high-resolution AMOLED touch screen display that offers better color reproduction and less glare from sunlight. Samsung also announced the TL240 with the same sensor, but smaller 3.5-inch LCD touch screen.
Both new Samsung digital cameras have 7x optical zoom lenses and a host of automated modes. They also record 720p HD video. Both camera bodies are designed using hydro-forming technology, which produces “smoother silhouettes, seamless bonding, and higher quality surfaces,” according to the company’s Jan. 5 press release. The CL80 and TL240 are the first consumer electronics products to be manufactured using this technology, the company claims.
The 0.77-inch stainless steel camera bodies are built tilted seven degrees back, making it easier for users who like to take self-portraits and group shots to capture “the complete image,” according to Samsung. “Thanks to the seven degree angling…the lenses will always be pointed at the subjects’ faces even if the camera is positioned at a lower angle,” states the press release.
The Samsung CL80 is equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth technology and is able to beam photos and videos wirelessly to photo sharing sites such as Flickr and Picasa along with social media sites such as Facebook. The camera has a QWERTY keyboard on its touch screen that enables users to send emails just as they would on a computer.
The Samsung CL80’s AMOLED screen harkens back to 2008’s Samsung NV24HD with its 2.5-inch AMOLED. Not only was it much smaller, but it had less resolution at 230,000 pixels. The new CL80 makes improvements on the NV24HD’s lens too: the old camera has a shorter 3.6x optical zoom lens.
The new CL80 echoes many features that are included on the SCH-W880 camera phone made by Samsung. It has 12 megapixels and a 3.3-inch AMOLED display, although it is packaged in a thinner package more typical of a phone.
Samsung has another camera out similar to the CL80 in the WB1000. The WB1000 has 12.2 megapixels, a 5x zoom lens, and a 3-inch AMOLED display with 518,400 pixels. The CL80 differentiates itself with its ability to wirelessly transfer images though.
“Consumers are looking for that great all-in-one camera – a digital camera that takes great pictures, is visually appealing, and provides a wealth of features to ensure a great image or video every time,” said Steve Mitchell, general manager of marketing at Samsung Digital Imaging, in the Dec. 6 press release. “We’ve taken it a step further by providing several connectivity options to share those photos and videos on the go.”