Samsung has introduced five new “Smart” cameras at CES 2014, including a 60x optical zoom beast with a dual grip that reminds photographers of the Nikon D4.
Just when people were thinking that Samsung had wrapped off its Consumer Electronics Show 2014 adventure, the South Korean company pulled out more aces from its sleeve.
After announcing the NX30 flagship and Galaxy Camera 2, Samsung is back with five new shooters, including two bridge models and a trio of compacts, all part of the new “Smart Camera” line-up.
The one that mostly distinguishes itself from the crowd is the Samsung WB2200F, its most important features being the 60x optical zoom lens and dual grip.
Samsung WB2200F offers 60x optical zoom, but uses a Dual Grip design to remind us of the Nikon D4
This bridge camera is packed with intriguing specs and it may well be the perfect travel companion, thanks to its extended focal range. However, photographers will certainly enjoy the fact that they will be able to capture photos more comfortably in portrait mode using the vertical grip.
Samsung WB2200F specs sheet reveals a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor, up to 1,600 ISO sensitivity, 20-1200mm f/2.8-5.9 60x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent), 3-inch LCD screen with Live View support, built-in electronic viewfinder, full HD video recording, WiFi, and NFC.
The company labels this camera (as well as the other four models launched at CES 2014) as a “Smart” one. However, it is not powered by either Android or Tizen. The reason why they are called like this is represented by their connectivity features – WiFi and NFC – allowing photographers to share photos and videos with a mobile device instantly.
Samsung WB350F is a leather-covered camera with a 21x optical zoom lens
The Samsung WB350F is the second model of the new Smart series and it comes in a leather coating, which used to be quite popular in the Leica shooter. However, this is a compact camera and it features a 21x zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, built-in WiFi and NFC, as well as a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor.
It records full HD videos and its maximum ISO stands at 3200. Users should not worry about blurry shots as the camera features optical image stabilization to make sure that photos and movies are captured at a high quality.
Availability options include Black, Blue, Brown, Red, and White colors, so you will have to decide which leather flavor suits you best.
Samsung WB1100F is a Smart camera, too, and takes photos with a 35x optical zoom lens
The third camera is also the second bridge model. It is called Samsung WB1100F and it features a 35x optical zoom lens. Its specs sheet includes a 16-megapixel CCD sensor with video recording of up to 720p resolution.
Compared to the WB2200F, it also loses the electronic viewfinder and the dual grip. Still, it seems like a decent camera with WiFi and NFC, but we still have to wait for the final price. As for availability, it will be released in Black and Red colors.
Samsung WB50F ditches the SD card slot for a microSD one
Samsung continues its CES 2014 saga with the WB50F. This shooter sports a 12x optical zoom lens and a 16-megapixel CCD sensor that records only 720p videos.
As expected, some of its most important features are WiFi and NFC, allowing photographers to transfer files instantly. Moreover, it sports a microSD card slot, just like a smartphones, instead of an SD slot that is present in most cameras.
Price and release date details are unknown and it seems like the colors options are black, red, and white, although a fourth flavor may be launched, too.
Samsung WB35F is tiny, cute, and fragile
Last but not least comes the Samsung WB35F. It is very similar to the WB50F, except for the materials used to cover its body. It appears that the WB35F is very fragile, so users should be careful when handling its 2.7-inch LCD screen.
A 16-megapixel CCD sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens are powering this Smart camera, which will be released in black, purple, white, and red colors.
Still no pricing and launch date information, but all five devices should not be very expensive and they should become available in the coming weeks.