posted on Aug 13, 2009 at 3:00PM
Samsung Unveils Dual-LCD and Wi-Fi CamsBy Emily Raymond
Samsung announced three compact digital cameras that make advances in LCD technology. The Samsung CL65 has a 3.5-inch LCD touch screen with more resolution than any other on the market at 1,251,000 pixels. The TL225 and TL220 models are the first to offer an LCD screen on the front of the camera – and both have touch screens on the back. All of the Samsung cameras carry 12 megapixels of resolution, and will be available in late August.
The Samsung CL65 has a massive 3.5-inch LCD touch screen that takes up nearly the entire back of the camera. The screen has the highest resolution seen on a compact digital camera’s LCD and has a similar touch interface as an iPhone – a tilt or flick can navigate and even focus and take a picture, and a QWERTY keypad lets users write emails and send photos. The vast viewing experience is paired with an enhanced sharing experience: the CL65 has Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi connectivity, and built-in geo-tagging that even displays the city name and region on the big LCD screen. “Offering an ‘always on’ experience, users can now send and post pictures almost as quickly as they take them,” according to the Aug. 13 press release.
The wireless Samsung CL65 can email photos directly from the camera, send photos to Bluetooth enabled devices such as cell phones, and upload files to social networking sites such as YouTube and Facebook. The CL65 can also connect to HDTVs, gaming systems, media servers, and digital picture frames with its DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliance.
The CL65 has 12.1 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom lens with an image stabilization system. There are dozens of shooting modes including an HD movie mode that records 1280 x 720 pixels at a full 30 frames per second. Other perks include smart face recognition, which remembers up to 20 faces and prioritizes focus and exposure for that set, along with blink detection, smile shot mode, and a beauty mode that smoothes over facial blemishes. The Samsung CL65 has 100MB of internal memory and has a slot for microSD and microSDHC cards.
This unique digital camera comes with ‘intelli-studio’ PC software pre-loaded, and the software loads to computers that are connected to the CL65. The built-in software allows users to merge the geo-tagging feature with photo-sharing sites for applications such as Google Maps and Flickr. Samsung has high hopes for the CL65, says Steve Mitchell, their general manager of marketing in the digital imaging division.
“This new powerhouse point-and-shoot camera will raise the bar for innovation and set a new standard by which all other manufacturers will be measured,” he said in the company’s press release.
The company also has high hopes for the TL225 and TL220, the first digital cameras to have LCD screens on the front and the back. Both models have 1.5-inch, 61,000-pixel LCD screens mounted next to the lens on the fronts of the cameras. The two cameras differ by their touch screens on the back; the TL225 has the same large size and resolution as the CL65 while the TL220 has a 3-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD.
Having an LCD screen on the front of the camera “allows consumers to take accurate portraits using the front image as a guide – whether it’s a group shot with friends or a snap of yourself on holiday,” states the Samsung press release. The front screen can be set to show the captured image or to show an animation to get kids’ attention and keep their eyes open for pictures.
Besides the differences in the screen and a heftier weight on the TL225, the Samsung TL225 and TL220’s specs are otherwise identical. They have 12.2 megapixels and 4.6x optical zoom lenses and use the same microSD format that is used on the CL65. The three compact ST-series cameras share many of the same features such as smart face recognition, HD movies, blink detection, smile mode, and beauty shot.
The Samsung CL65 will come in several two-tone color combinations, while the TL225 will come in black, gold, orange, and purple. The TL220 will be available in silver, red, and blue.
* Images from the Samsung Press Conference were shot for H2H by Randall Bennett, TechVi.com.