CES 2009: Samsung Unveils Five New Compact Cameras

New features include advanced face recognition, wide-angle lenses and HD video

Also newly announced is the impressive-looking WB500, a compact camera featuring a 10x zoom lens with a wide-angle end equivalent to 24mm. In terms of both appearance and specification it is taking on popular and well-established models such as Panasonic’s TZ series, and some of Canon’s new SX cameras.

The WB500 features a 10-megapixel sensor, optical and digital image stabilisation, 3200 ISO maximum sensitivity, and HD movie recording. It also has advanced face detection and recognition capability, including blink and smile detection that can be set to just register on one recognised face. It also features the same Angle/Composition guide and Digital Contents Management system as the ST10.

The WB500 will be available this month at an RRP of £229.

The third new model is the ST50, a 12-megapixel camera with an ultra-slim (allegedly 14mm, but that’s probably just at the thinnest point) stainless steel body, a 3x zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor. Like the other models it also features the new Digital Contents Management system, Smart Scene Recognition, face detection and digital image stabilisation.

The ST50 will be available from March 2009, in mid grey, arty red and blue black, and priced at £179, although that price is yet to be confirmed.

Also on the starting blocks is the ES55, a bargain-priced entry-level model that nonetheless features a 10-megapixel sensor, 3x zoom lens and digital image stabilisation all wrapped up in a strong aluminium body. The ES55 will be available in a range of colours, and goes on sale in February priced at just £79.

Last but not least is the PL60, a mid-priced 10-megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, Smart Scene Recognition, dual image stabilisation and of course face detection. Like the other new models it also features Samsung’s new Digital Contents Management system. The PL60 goes on sale in March priced at £129.


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