CES 2013: Samsung Boosts its Point-and-Shoot Lineup With More Wi-Fi Models
LAS VEGAS—Samsung has been one step ahead of the competition in terms of Wi-Fi implementation in its camera line, and its first batch of 2013 point-and-shoots continues that trend. Each of the new models features the same Smart Camera 2.0 implementation which was unveiled last week with the NX300 compact interchangeable lens camera. It lets you push photos to your smartphone from your camera via a free Android and iOS application, and control the camera remotely via your phone via the app’s remote viewfinder function. If your camera is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot you can also send photos and videos directly to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Wi-Fi is even included in Samsung’s entry-level model ST150F ($129.99). The camera also features a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, a 5x (25-125mm f/2.5-6.3) zoom lens, and a 3-inch rear LCD. It can go as high as ISO 3200 and records 720p30 video in MP4 format. The ST150F uses micro SD memory, and supports cards up to 64GB in size that use the SDXC standard. It measures 2.3 by 3.7 by 0.7 inches and weighs only 4 ounces without its battery.
At $149.99 you have the DV150F, the latest in Samsung’s Dual View series. This model has a 1.5-inch front-facing LCD, perfect for capturing self-portraits, and combined with its Wi-Fi capabilities, it may be the ultimate Facebook profile picture camera. It also uses a 16-megapixel CCD image sensor, and features the same 5x (25-125mm f/2.5-6.3) lens design, 720p30 video capture capability, and microSD memory support as the ST150F. Its rear LCD is 2.7 inches in size. It will be available five colors, including fun shades like plum, light green, and light pink.
Next in the lineup is the $179.99 WB30F. The long-zoom model also uses a 16-megapixel CCD sensor—so its video tops out at 720p30 and ISO at 3200—but extends your telephoto reach with a 10x (24-240mm f/3.1-6.3) zoom lens. Its rear LCD is 3 inches in size and it supports standard size SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory. Color options include black, white, red, purple, and pink.
Moving up in price further gets you the first model in the new line with a CMOS image sensor—so you’ll have access to 1080p video recording and the camera should produce less noise at the highest ISO settings. The $249.99 WB250F features an 18x zoom lens (24-432mm f/3.2-5.8), a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display, and a top ISO of 3200. It is also available in a CCD version as the WB200F—that camera has the same exterior features, but its 14-megapixel image sensor only supports 720p30 video capture. Both cameras will ship in white, cobalt black, gun metal, or red.
The top-end Samsung superzoom is the $299.99 WB800F. It sports a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 21x (23-483mm f/2.8-5.9) zoom lens, and a 3-inch touch LCD. It shoots at up to ISO 3200, supports 1080p30 video capture, and like the rest of the cameras detailed in this article, has full support for Samsung’s Smart Camera 2.0 Wi-Fi implementation.
By Jim Fisher, PCMag