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Samsung introduces the Wi-Fi enabled ST80 point-and-shoot


July 30, 2010

Samsung's new ST80 point-and-shoot has WiFi built in, so that images and video can be immediately emailed or uploaded to social networking sites

Samsung's new ST80 point-and-shoot has WiFi built in, so that images and video can be immediately emailed or uploaded to social networking sites

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The forthcoming ST80 point-and-shoot from Samsung will allow users to upload photos and videos while on the move. The 14.2 megapixel camera has built-in Wi-Fi to cater to the immediate sharing of important moments with friends and family via email, or through social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. The slim compact also features in-camera editing and comes with technology to sync with other wireless devices such as digital photo frames.

Rather than having to go out and buy a memory card with wireless capabilities, or having to transfer files to a computer and then uploading to the Internet, the ST80 digital point-and-shoot from Samsung has built-in Wi-Fi. It comes pre-configured with a mobile broadband account with hotspot provider Boingo, allowing ready access to over 120,000 WiFi hotspots around the world. This will allow users to send still images and video to friends and family via email or instantly upload to social networking sites.

The 3.62 x 2.18 x 0.72 inch, 14.2 megapixel digital camera has a 3x optical zoom lens and features Samsung's Smart Auto (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology, which decides on the best settings for each shot based on the current shooting environment. There's also a new Smart Crop feature, for in-camera image editing, which the company claims will allow users to "crop images taken at any angle or slant, such as banners or signs, and then straighten them as if they were originally taken straight on."

The ST80 records 720p high definition video to H.264 format at 30 frames per second, and with the company's AllShare (DNLA) functionality can sync with other DNLA-compliant devices, such as high definition televisions and digital photo frames. Previewing and reviewing content, as well as accessing the menu and features, is undertaken via a 3 inch, 230,000 dot widescreen LCD touchscreen display to the rear.

The ST80 will be available from September for US$249.99.

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It would be more useful if it has a Bluetooth radio. This would enable it to send pictures via any Bluetooth smart phone.

Ed Yee
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