Samsung smart cameras with built-in Wi-Fi now available

Samsung's new batch of Wi-Fi-enabled digital cameras, which the company announced at CES in January, are now on sale through U.S. retailers.

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Samsung DV150F

The new Samsung cameras include the $150 DV150F and the $230 WB250F. Both cameras are part of Samsung's “Smart Camera 2.0” line-up, which allow users to easily offload their photos to a phone or computer, or upload them directly to the Internet. (They're not to be confused, however, with Samsung's Galaxy Camera, a 4G-connected device powered by Android.)

The WB250F is a 14.2-megapixel camera with 18x optical zoom, an f/3.2 to f/5.8 aperture lens, and a BSI CMOS sensor. It has a 3-inch LCD display on the backside and a pop-up flash that can be tilted forward and backward.

The DV150F is a 16.2-megapixel shooter with 5x optical zoom, an f/2.5 to f/6.3 aperture lens, and a CCD image sensor. It has a 2.7-inch LCD display on the backside, but its namesake feature is a 1.5-inch front-facing LCD for self-portraits. The front-facing screen also has a “Child Mode” that displays colorful animations in hopes of keeping kids fixated during photo sessions.

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Samsung WB250F

Both cameras can connect with Samsung's Smart Camera app for iOS and Android. The app allows users to automatically offload their camera photos to a smartphone or tablet. It can also be used as a remote viewfinder and shutter for the camera.

Samsung has touted the cameras' built-in sharing functions, including email, transfer to Microsoft SkyDrive, direct uploads to social networks such as Facebook, and automatic backups to a PC or Mac.

Camera makers have been slow to equip their gear with Wi-Fi and sharing features, but they're starting to warm to the idea. In addition to Samsung, Canon and Nikon announced several new Wi-Fi cameras this year, and Sony showed one new camera model with built-in Wi-Fi. Still, consumers may not see the feature as a necessity, as they turn to their smartphones for those shareable moments instead.

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