Samsung reveals new "SMART CAMERA" lineup for 2013

Samsung reveals new "SMART CAMERA" lineup for 2013


Samsung’s new camera lineup for 2013 have been revealed. As part of Samsung’s continuing effort to make everything “smart”, these cameras will be the first to run its upgraded SMART CAMERA technology. Samsung has released six new cameras – the WB250F, the WB200F, the WB800F, WB30F, the DV150F and the ST150F.

The new cameras will also feature Wi-Fi connectivity, and will allow the photographer to even take the picture and have it stored automatically on their smartphone via Wi-Fi. A new hotkey will also appear for you to share your photos via Wi-Fi. In addition, you can download the Samsung SMART CAMERA app – available on Android and iOS – and use it to manipulate, share and back-up images; and even use your phone as a remote viewfinder.

The WB250F and WB200F lead the new line of WB series cameras, and are relatively the same camera with different sensors. The WB250F has a BSI CMOS sensor, and the WB200F has a CCD sensor; but both still have can take pictures up to 14.2 megapixels on a 24mm lens with 18x optical zoom. They also incorporate a touchscreen LCD and five-way directional keys, so you can use either method to control your camera. It can also record video in 1080p.

The WB250F/WB200F give photographers the option to take photos under manual mode, giving users complete control over even the finer aspects of their photos. If not, then there are several presets you can use. The camera also offers “Best Face”, automatically selecting the best photo with the best facial expressions from a burst shot.

The WB800F features a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor in a 24mm lens with 21x optical zoom. Samsung is touting this as the “classic long-zoom camera”, and able to take excellent photos under low-light. It also incorporates the same user controls as the WB250F/WB200F by giving users the option of using touch (on a 3-inch screen) or the five-way directional keys to control the camera. It can also record video in 1080p.

The WB30F is their “mini model”, with a 24mm wide angle lens with 10x optical zoom and a 16.2 megapixel CCD sensor. While it is small and thin, there are some sacrifices – namely that it records in 720p video and does not have a touch screen like the above cameras, but it still has Wi-Fi support and panorama camera support.

The DV150F is their new dual-view camera – meaning that it has a 1.48-inch LCD at the front, in addition to the 3.0-inch LCD screen. This allows for the person to take self portraits without the hassle of guestimating where you are in the photo shot. It also features a 25mm lens with 5x optical zoom and a 16.2-megapixel CCD sensor; and includes many creative features such as Motion Photo, Magic Frame, Smart Filters and Live Panorama. It can record video in 720p HD.

Finally, the ST150F rounds up the new lineup, with a 25mm lens with a 5x optical zoom and 16.2 megapixel CCD sensor. It also features a 3.0-inch screen, and records video in 720p. The camera is pretty much a basic camera without all the fancy creative shots – only having several photo shooting modes like motion, beauty, panorama and night.

Samsung and Samsung Australia have not released pricing or availability – only saying that it will be in 2013.

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