Samsung shows off new suite of smart cameras at CES 2013
By Dave LeClair
January 9, 2013
Samsung has gone smart camera crazy at CES 2013, bringing out a slew of new models with the ability to share photos over Wi-Fi. The standout feature of the system dubbed "Smart Camera 2.0" is a new AutoShare function that enables photos to be shared automatically and immediately with a connected smartphone.
A direct "hot key" has been added to all the new Smart Cameras to take advantage of the enhanced Wi-Fi functionality and the company's Smart Camera app for Android and iOS devices has been given improved Remote Viewfinder and Mobile Link capabilities as well as the new Autoshare functionality.
The camera that stole the show is definitely the NX300, which we previewed in-depth a couple of days ago. Besides the Wi-Fi connectivity options, this camera features an optional lens that can flip from 2D to 3D capture in both still and video format. It has a 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, a tilting 3.3-inch AMOLED display and a price tag of US$749.99 with an 18-55mm lens. The 45 mm, 3D lens option is priced at $499.99 price tag.
Samsung also used CES 2013 to unveil its new flagships in the long-zoom series. These cameras – the WB250F and WB200F – both feature18x optical zoom. The WB250F has a 14.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor while the WB200F packs a 14.2 megapixel CCD sensor and both come with a 24mm lens. Both units also boast a Best Face feature, which takes a burst of photos and automatically selects the best facial expressions and splices them together for the optimum result in group shots. The WB250F costs $249.99.
The 21x optical zoom WB800F also gets Wi-Fi sharing capabilities. This model has a 16.3 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, can record video in 1080p at 30fps and has an MSRP of $179.99.
Samsung also displayed its new mini camera – the WB30F – which still features a 10x optimal zoom, 24 mm wide angle lens. At only 17 mm thick it's designed to be easy to carry around, but it still gets the full suite of Wi-Fi features and video recording in 720p at 30fps. The WB30F is priced at $149.99.
The next cab off the rank is the DV150F, which features a 1.48-inch front LCD for taking self-shots in addition to Wi-Fi sharing functions. It employs a 16.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, f2.5 25mm lens and 5x optical zoom along with a range of on camera digital filters and frames. The DV150F also has an MSRP of $149.99.
Finally to Samsung's entry-level smart camera – the ST150F. This point-and-shoot comes with a 5x optical zoom, 25mm lens, a 16.2 Megapixel CCD and will set you back $119.99.
All the cameras will hit the market during the first quarter of this year.