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Seven New Samsung Cameras Announced

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Building on the success of the acclaimed and innovative NV range introduced last year, Samsung has today announced the launch of no less than seven new digital cameras, which will be available in the shops early this year. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

The S630 and S730 are two new entry-level models, sporting 6-megapixel and 7-megapixel sensors respectively, both with 3x zoom lenses. Their list of features includes a 2.5in LCD display, in-camera red-eye reduction, 20 megabytes of internal memory, SDHC compatibility, Samsung’s ASR image stabilization system, a range of easy-to-use shooting modes and voice recording for up to one hour. Disappointingly their video mode is only capable of 15fps.


Moving up in specification we find the L73, another 7-megapixel 3x zoom model, this time featuring the brilliant Smart Touch control system introduced on the NV10. This also has a 2.5in TFT LCD screen, but encouragingly the video mode is capable of 30fps at VGA resolution. Other features include shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec, 1600 ISO maximum sensitivity, and something called a Motion Timer, a nifty little feature which enables the L73 to take a self timed picture triggered when the subject has stopped moving. It also has Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which detects the subject’s face, automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and image quality in portraits.


For the more fashion-conscious there is the i70, a 7.3-megapixel model also with a 3x optical zoom lens. It features an innovative sliding cover and an intuitive 9-button user interface. It also has a built-in Portable Media Player and an MP3 player so the user can have video and music on the go. It also has a text viewer that enables you to read whilst listening to music. It also features a TV-quality MPEG-4 720 x 480 video mode, which is unfortunately limited to 15fps, although it does have image stabilisation and in-camera video editing. Like the L73, the i70 also has Intelligent Face Recognition Technology.


The L700 is similar to the L73, but without the Smart Touch interface. It features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks and Beach & Snow, shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec, 20 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to four gigabytes. One particularly clever feature is an Auto Macro function that automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus.


For photographers on a budget who want a bit more power than the S630 or S730 there is the S850. It features an 8.0-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, as well as Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, aperture & shutter priority, full manual exposure, auto exposure bracketing and a feature which enlarges the centre portion of the image in shooting mode for easier manual focusing. Like the other new cameras it also features shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec, an ISO equivalent of 1600 and a 2.5in LCD display.


Last but by no means least is the S1050, with a 10.1-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and a big 3-in LCD monitor. It also has shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec, an ISO equivalent of 1600, aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual control, 45 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD, MML, SDHC) flash memory cards up to four gigabytes, 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks and Beach & Snow, and the Auto Macro function that automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus. It has a versatile video mode with resolutions up to 800 x 600, but is limited to 20fps.

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