Samsung has launched its upgraded version of Smart Camera concept, together with five new cameras that run the new technology. All of the new Smart Camera 2.0 devices feature enhanced connectivity, via Wi-Fi.
Samsung states that the new camera concept is designed with smartphone users on mind, thus combining touch-type, big screens and Wi-Fi functionality for faster upload and sharing. The Korean producer integrates the capabilities of Remote Viewfinder, Mobile Link, Auto Share, and Direct Link in order to create a new camera-smartphone environment. All of the cameras shoot in Full HD 1080 format.
The flagship: Samsung WB250F
The new flagship camera comes in two versions: a backlit CMOS sensor version (WB250F) or a CCD sensor version (WB200F).
Despite the sensor difference, the camera versions are built identically. Samsung’s flagship camera can shoot photos with a resolution of 14.2MP. The lens on the camera provides an 18X zoom, with a 24mm-432mm (35mm-equivalent) focal length, at f/3.2-5.8. It incorporates a touch LCD screen and five-way navigational keys. The new camera also delivers a full manual mode option, giving complete control over the photographic process. The new camera has a pop-up flash and will be available in four colors: white, cobalt black, gun metal and red. Samsung WB250F will be shipped starting Q1 of 2013, at an estimated price of $250.
Max resolution and zoom: Samsung WB800F
Though not considered its flagship, Samsung packed the new WB800F with a 16.3MP backlit CMOS sensor. It delivers a 21X optical zoom lens, ranging from 23mm to 483mm (35mm-equivalent). The lens has an aperture of f/2.8-5.9, whilst the sensor’s ISO sensibility spans from 100 to 3200. Contrary from last year’s model, the WB850F, the new WB 800F doesn’t have a built-in GPS receiver. It will be available in three colors: white, cobalt black and red. The camera will be available in the first quarter of 2013, at an estimated price of $300.
Mini travel zoom camera: WB30F
Zoom cameras usually imply bulky bodies, but not Samsung’s new Smart Camera WB30F. Samsung describes it as a “mini model” of its siblings. It shares the same Wi-Fi capabilities as the whole range. Even though it’s just 16.5mm thin, it packs a 10X optical zoom, with a 24mm-240mm focal length and a f/3.1-6.1 aperture. It also features a 16.2 MP CCD sensor, and five body colors will be offered: black, white, purple, pink, or red. Shipping will start by first quarter of 2013, at an estimated price of $180.
Style for the self-portraitist: DV150F
The camera seems perfect for the users that want to share all of their moments, especially social-sites-ready self-shots. The new Dual View camera delivers two LCDs: a 2.7” back-panel and a 1.5” front display. It packs a 16.2MP CCD sensor, with ISO sensitivity ranging from 80 to 3,200. The 5x zoom lens have a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25mm-125mm, with an f/2.3-6.3 aperture. The optical image stabilization kicks in to help counteract shaky images. The camera will be offered in five body colors: black, white, purple, pink, or green. Its price will be around $150 and it will be available from the first quarter of 2013.
DV150F’s smaller brother: ST150F
The new camera has the same specifications as DV150F, except the front display. Just like its sibling, it includes the 16.2MP CCD sensor, with ISO sensitivity ranging from 80 to 3,200 and the 5x zoom lens. It delivers a focal length of 25mm-125mm (35mm equivalent). The aperture is the same f/2.3-6.3 found on its dual display brother. Another difference is that it doesn’t pack optical stabilization. Instead, it relies on digital image stabilization, which raises the sensitivity (ISO) to acquire faster shutter speeds. Four body colors are available: black, white, silver, or pink. The camera will hit the shelves in Q1 of 2013, at an estimated price of $130.