Samsung Sneaks Out Wi-Fi Camera, Swivel-Lens Pocket Camcorder
It's been a grand total of seven days since Samsung announced new additions to its point-and-shoot camera lineup, but the company has finally broken its excruciating week-long silence.
Yesterday, Samsung unveiled two more candidates for your fall camera consideration: a new Wi-Fi-enabled point-and-shoot camera and a new HD pocket camcorder that boasts a swiveling lens.
Samsung ST80: Pocket Camera With Wi-Fi
The 14-megapixel ST80 will offer the ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks for e-mailing photos and video from the camera, as well as direct uploads to YouTube, Picasa, Facebook, PhotoBucket, and Samsung's online sharing service.
Samsung is also offering a Boingo Wireless account to ST80 buyers, which can be used to upload content at one of Boingo's hotel-, restaurant-, and airport-based public hotspots. The camera also shares content wirelessly with DLNA-compliant devices, such as digital photo frames and television sets.
The ST80 packs a 3-inch-diagonal touchscreen, a 3X optical-zoom lens, and 720p high-definition video recording at 30 frames per second. It's slated for September release at $250.
Samsung HMX-E10: Swivel-Lens Touchscreen Pocket Camcorder
Borrowing a key trait from Sony's Bloggie MHS-PM5 pocket camcorder, the Samsung HMX-E10 also offers a 270-degree swiveling lens to aid self-portrait videos and odd-angle shots.
The 2.7-inch-touchscreen-operated HMX-E10 records 1920-by-1080 high-definition video at 30fps, captures 8-megapixel still photos, and includes a pop-out USB connector (visible in the photo near the top of this review) for offloading clips and charging the battery.
A few unique scene modes distinguish this pocket camcorder from other HD-capable ultraportable camcorders: It offers a bright F2.2 lens, it has basic in-camera editing features for video clips, you can shoot video in miniature mode to simulate the effects of a tilt-shift lens, and the camcorder features a panorama mode for stills.
Also due in September, the HMX-E10 is priced at $200.