Samsung camera release highlights include new waterproof ultra-compact
By Paul Ridden
February 24, 2010
Samsung has announced some interesting new additions to its camera range at this year's Photo Marketing Association trade show (PMA 2010) in California including a 12 megapixel waterproof ultra-compact. Waterproof to a depth of three meters (ten feet) and featuring underwater optimization, the AQ100 will also shoot 720p video.
Compact is certainly the word with the submersible camera sizing up at only 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.78 inch yet managing to squeeze in a five times inner optical zoom lens with image stabilization and a 2.7in LCD display. It's capable of shooting 720p high definition video in or out of water and the AQ100's dedicated Aqua Mode "will optimize camera settings for the best possible underwater photos". The Smart Auto scene recognition technology and Smart Filter feature further enhance still or video images for optimum clarity.
TL500 high end compact
As well as the slim-line HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 compact camcorders already featured in Gizmag, the Korean electronics giant also took the opportunity to reveal the TL500 high end compact. Aimed at the serious snapper-on-the-go and sports a AMOLED multi-angle display, RAW image capture and H.264 video capture.
The 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.14 inch TL500 has a 1/1.7" 10 megapixel CCD sensor that offers ISO sensitivity up to 3200 at full resolution. Its bright 24mm ultra‑wide angle Schneider KREUZNACH, f/1.8 lens offers "photographers a wider range of aperture steps and shallow depth-of-field, giving them the ability to blur out the background of their images while maintaining focus on their subjects" and three times optical zoom with both optical and digital image stabilization.
As well as RAW image support and a re-engineered DRIMeIII imaging processor, the premium compact also includes a three-inch, swiveling AMOLED display to give users all the benefits of the higher contrast ratio, deeper blacks, more accurate, vivid colors and low power consumption associated with AMOLED technology.
Serious photographers will also appreciate the freedom to experiment offered by the shutter‑priority, aperture‑priority and full Manual shooting modes but there's also Smart Auto scene recognition technology for those moments when snapping is more important than experimentation. H.264 video is offered at 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second.
Both cameras overviewed here are set for Spring release, the AQ100 for about US$200 and the TL500 for about US$450.