Samsung WiFi/Bluetooth CL80, DualView TL210/TL205 and NX10 digicams unveiled

Jan 6, 2010
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It's not just camcorders Samsung are bringing to CES 2010; the company also has a boat-load of cameras, too, including more of the eye-catching DualView double-LCD models, a WiFi-enabled point-and-shoot, and a few with AMOLED displays.  The Samsung CL80 (shown here) is set to arrive this Spring, and has a 14.2-megapixel sensor with dual image stabilization, 7x optical zoom, a 3.7-inch AMOLED display and integrated WiFi and Bluetooth.

Next up are the Samsung TL210 and the TL205, each offering Samsung's DualView system whereby you get two preview screens: one on the front and one on the back.  The former has a 12.4-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, dual image stabilization and a 3.0-inch rear display; the latter has a 12.2-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, digital image stabilization and a 2.7-inch rear display.  Both have 1.5-inch front LCDs, Smart Auto Still, face, smile and blink detection and a child mode with music.  The TL210 can also shoot 720p 30fps HD video.  Both will drop in March 2010.

Last interesting model is the Samsung NX10, set to arrive in Spring 2010.  Using a mirrorless interchangeable lens system, Samsung boast the NX10 has the fastest autofocus in its class and an APS-C side CMOS sensor.  Stills are taken at up to 14.6-megapixels while 720p 30fps HD video is possible.  As with all the other cameras, Samsung is staying quiet on how much exactly the NX10 will cost you.

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SAMSUNG MAXIMIZES STYLE AND TECHNOLOGY WITH THE CL80 AND TL240

Ultra Stylish and Thin, CL80 Offers AMOLED Touch-Screen and Wireless Connectivity

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2010) - Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveiled the CL80 and TL240, a pair of stylish, 14.2 mega-pixel digital cameras that are fully loaded with an array of impressive features that truly enhance the digital imaging experience for consumers. Highlighted by ergonomic and elegant designs, the new Samsung CL80 and TL240 are ideal for the consumer on-the-go looking for a camera that can do it all. The CL80 adds even more great functionality with the integration of Wi-Fi* connectivity and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen, while the TL240 features an impressive 3.5-inch touch screen. Also, the CL80 has received a 2010 CES Innovation Award. The CL80 and TL240 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2010, in the Samsung booth #11026 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"Consumers are looking for that great all-in-one camera – a digital camera that takes great pictures, is visually appealing, and provides a wealth of features to ensure a great image or video every time," said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company. "The CL80 and TL240 deliver on that need for consumers to have a camera that does it all, and in the case of the CL80 we've taken it even a step further by providing several connectivity options to share those photos and videos on the go."

Appealing Design Adds to Ease-of-Use
Samsung's design engineers were able to produce one of the most remarkable camera designs in the industry with the help of hydro-forming technology for the CL80 and TL240. Hydro-forming allows for greater flexibility during the design process and gives manufacturers the ability to produce smoother silhouettes, seamless bonding, and higher quality surfaces. The CL80 and the TL240 are the first consumer electronic products ever to be manufactured using hydro-forming technology.

Despite their svelte 0.77-inch stainless-steel frames, the CL80 and the TL240 house impressive Schneider KREUZNACH lenses which boast a design inspired by the mirror-writings of Leonardo da Vinci. When powered up, the cameras' lens barrels extend and the lens specifications, including focal length and speed, appear with a hidden color accent in the concave reflective ring that surrounds each lens. These specifications are inscribed in reverse on the cameras' lens barrels and disappear when the lens naturally retracts into the camera body. The distinctive design makes an immediate and lasting impression.

The Samsung CL80 and TL240 are also highlighted by a slanted design, which places the back of the camera at a seven degree angle. This subtle design accent proves to be extremely useful for consumers who are interested in taking self-portraits and group shots. The issue that many consumers face when taking self-portraits or group shots with traditional digital cameras is that the camera must be positioned much higher than the subjects in order to capture the complete image. Thanks to the seven degree angling of the CL80 and TL240, the lenses will always be pointed at the subjects' faces even if the camera is positioned at a lower angle. Furthermore, unlike traditional shutter buttons which sit flat on top of the camera, the CL80 and TL240 offer slanted shutter buttons which make the cameras more comfortable to hold and operate.

Wireless Connectivity
The CL80 allows consumers to share their video and photos on the go without being tethered to their laptops or home PCs thanks to its wireless connectivity options, which include Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and DLNA. Using an available Wi-Fi connection, users can send a digital image to any email address using the camera's touch screen QWERTY keypad or selecting those stored the camera's address book. Users can also utilize the QWERTY keypad to include text within the body of the email. The CL80's Wi Fi connection also allows users to upload their images directly to popular websites such as Facebook®, Picasa™ and YouTube®, as well as SamsungImaging.com.

The CL80 also includes Samsung's AllShare feature, which allows consumers to share content, including photos and videos, with other DLNA certified devices such as HDTVs and digital photo frames. This gives the CL80 user a seamless way to wirelessly transfer 720p HD video in addition to digital still images. To maximize speed and efficiency, all images transferred through Wi-Fi will be reduced to a resolution of two mega-pixels.

Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity is also included in the CL80, allowing users to share and transfer photos directly with Bluetooth 2.0 compatible mobile phones. When using Bluetooth 2.0, the CL80 will automatically resize the digital image to a resolution of 1024x768 (1MB).

Smart Gesture Touch-Screen User Interface
The Samsung CL80 incorporates an impressive 3.7-inch wide WVGA AMOLED screen, while the TL240 features a 3.5" touch screen TFT LCD. Both cameras' massive displays house Samsung's Smart Gesture touch screen user interface which is complimented by an internal Gravity sensor for added ease of use. Smart Gesture is one of the most advanced and accurate touch-screen user interfaces on the market, and it gives users the ability to access and use key features with either a simple tilt or a hand gesture. The Smart Gesture adds a level of fun to the way users interact with and enjoy their content, allowing them to quickly scroll through their photos with a swipe of their finger or by slightly tilting the camera in either direction. Users can also easily delete photos from their library using Smart Gesture by marking an "X" on the screen with their finger, or rotate an image by drawing a circle (O) on the screen.

Smart Gesture UI also offers useful auto-focusing options such as object tracking and one-touch auto focusing. Object tracking enables users to focus on any area by touching the location on the screen with their fingertip. Once the object or location is selected, the cameras will lock and keep their focus on the subject even if it's moving within the frame. Users can also proceed to take that photo by continuing to hold the location with their finger for two seconds, thanks to the cameras' one-touch auto focusing capabilities.

Powerful Optical Zoom
The CL80 and the TL240 offer powerful 7x optical zooms on the high-performance, oversized Schneider KREUZNACH lenses. To help reduce blur, these impressive lenses are paired with Samsung's Dual Image Stabilization technology, which combines both optical and digital stabilizers to counteract the negative effects of a user's shaky hand. End-users can also take advantage of the cameras' 7x optical zooms and optical image stabilization while recording video. Both the CL80 and the TL240 offer 720p HD video recording at 30 frames-per-second in H.264 format. The cameras also come complete with built-in HDMI connectivity, giving users the ability to effortlessly view their HD video and digital still images on an HDTV or HD monitor.

Smart Features
The new Samsung CL80 and TL240 also make it easier than ever for consumers to capture the perfect shot thanks to Samsung's Smart Auto 2.0 (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology. Smart Auto 2.0 technology will automatically recognize the user's current shooting environment and select the appropriate settings to achieve the best results possible. Additionally, Samsung's Smart Auto 2.0 scene recognition technology can also be used to record video, producing the highest quality footage and results no matter where consumers will be using the cameras.

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SAMSUNG EXTENDS POPULAR DUAL LCD CAMERA FAMILY WITH TWO NEW MODELS

Latest Samsung DualView Digital Cameras Make it Even Easier for Photographers to Picture Themselves in the Fun

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2010) - Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today extended its renowned DualView family of digital cameras with the introduction of two new models, the TL210 and TL205. Offering Samsung's dual screen LCD technology, the new 12 mega-pixel (TL210-12.4, TL205 12.2) TL210 and TL205 offer a variety of updated features which will make it even easier for consumers to capture their most precious memories with family and friends, both from behind and in front of the camera. The TL210 and TL205 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2010, in the Samsung booth #11026 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"The introduction of the Samsung DualView camera in 2009 was one of the most successful digital camera introductions in Samsung's history," said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company. "The TL225 and the TL220 broke new ground and surpassed industry expectations thanks to a combination of technologies that directly addressed how families and consumers take pictures today. We're proud to add to the momentum generated by the launch of these cameras by extending the DualView family with the TL210 and TL205 that will bring new features to the table and be available at a competitive price to accommodate a wide range of budgets."

Updated Front LCD Screen
The new Samsung DualView TL210 and TL205 feature a 1.5-inch color LCD screen located on the front of the camera. This 1.5-inch display gives consumers the ability to perfect their self-portraits or join their friends and family in the shot. New for the Samsung DualView TL210 and TL205, consumers can now use the 1.5-inch front LCD to frame video in addition to digital stills. With the TL210, consumers can enjoy 720p HD video recording at 30 frames per second (fps). An optional HDMI adaptor is also available for the TL210, so that consumers can enjoy their HD video, as well as digital still images, on an HDTV or HD monitor. The new DualView cameras also allow users to have more fun with the dual LCD screens thanks to the addition of the Couple Shot feature and the updated Child Mode with music.

Enhancing Samsung DualView's Renowned Features
Enhancements have been made to some of Samsung DualView's most celebrated features on the TL210 and TL205, including updates to the cameras' Child Mode and Self-Timer. In addition to playing a fun animation on the front LCD screen, the TL210's and TL205's Child Mode will also play a musical tune to better help capture a child's attention in order to snap the perfect picture (additional animations are available for download at www.samsung.com). The self timer function of the original DualView cameras perfected the group shot because it displayed a preview of the image and a visual countdown timer in the front LCD screen, giving everyone in front of the camera an indication of exactly when the photo would be taken. Taking the self-timer to a new level, the new TL210 and TL205 now extend that same functionality when recording video, so that the entire group will know exactly when the camera is rolling.

When it comes to capturing the perfect shot, the Samsung DualView TL210 and TL205 include the popular Smile Shot feature, which will automatically trigger the cameras to take a photo when a smile is detected, but the addition of Couple Shot allows users to set the camera to snap a picture when the subjects in the frame tilt their heads toward one another.

12 Mega-Pixel Resolution, Large Displays and Advanced Optics
The new Samsung DualView TL210 and TL205 come fully equipped with a true color-filtered 12.2 mega-pixel CCD, providing sharp and detailed images. Whether taking pictures indoors or out, shooting a landscape or friends around a table, the TL210's 5x optical zoom, 27mm-wide angle lens gives you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance. The TL210 is also paired with Samsung's Advanced Dual Image Stabilization (IS) technology to help consumers capture crystal clear, blur-free images. The TL210's true Dual IS combines both Optical and Digital Image stabilizers to produce sharp images without the confusion commonly found in other cameras. The Optical IS intelligently compensates for hand trembling by shifting the lens in the opposite direction. When Optical IS isn't quite enough, the Digital IS automatically takes over to ensure blur-free images. The TL205 features a standard 35mm lens with 3x optical zoom, and is paired with Digital Image Stabilization. Both the TL210 and TL205 feature large, rear LCD screens with resolutions of 230K-pixels. The TL210 features a larger 3.0-inch rear LCD while the TL205 features a 2.7-inch LCD.

Better Portraits Every Time
Both cameras feature Samsung's advanced scene recognition technology, Smart Auto (Still & Movie of TL210), which has been upgraded for use with video as well as with still images. Designed to simplify the way consumers take a photograph, Smart Auto (Still & Movie) ensures that users never have to worry about their photos being washed out, too dark or out of focus. Smart Auto (Still & Movie) analyzes key elements of the composition of the image such as color, brightness, motion and subject and then selects the appropriate scene mode which will produce the best results possible. Similar to the way the technology analyzes the composition of an image when capturing digital stills, the technology will do the same for video, automatically choosing between one of four pre-programmed settings and selecting that which will yield the best footage with proper exposure and color balance.

The TL210 and TL205 also feature Samsung's Perfect Portrait System – a series of automatic technologies which take the guess work out of shooting beautiful portraits. Key features of this system are Samsung's Smile Shot, Blink Detection, Red-eye Fix, and Beauty Shot technologies which allow consumers to capture their subjects looking their best.

Stylish Design Makes DualView Stand Out
The new Samsung's DualView TL210 boasts the company's elegant Touch of Color (ToC) finish. First introduced in Samsung's line of flat panel HDTVs in 2008 and brought to digital imaging in 2009 with the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 camcorders, the ToC design incorporates a hint of color which is naturally blended into the deep black body of the cameras for an attractive crystalline appearance, making the new TL210 as stylish as it is advanced.

The TL210 and TL205 also feature a slanted design, which places the back of the camera at a seven degree angle. This subtle design accent provides users with further options for taking impressive self-portraits and group shots. The issue that many consumers face when taking self-portraits or group shots with traditional digital cameras is the camera must be positioned much higher than the subjects in order to capture the complete image. Thanks to the seven degree angling of the TL210 and TL205, the lenses will always be pointed at the subjects' faces even if the camera is positioned at a lower angle.

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SAMSUNG UNVEILS THE NEXT GENERATION OF CAMERA – THE NX10

The Samsung NX10’s Innovative Technology Provides ‘Best in Class’ Features with a Large APS-C Size Sensor, Bright AMOLED Screen and Fast Auto Focus to Give Users Ultimate Performance

Ridgefield Park, NJ (January 4, 2010) - Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the Samsung NX10 – an innovative digital camera that provides users with optimum image quality in a sleek, compact body. Delivering creativity without compromise, users can now be as creative as they want on the move, without having to compromise perfect images. The NX10 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, in the Samsung booth #11026 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The NX10 incorporates a fast and decisive auto focus (AF), 14.6 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor and unique, large 3.0” AMOLED screen, allowing users to easily view their images, even in bright sunlight. Users can also record in HD movie to create the full story. Available in two colors, Noble Black and Titan Silver, the Samsung NX10 is small, light and ergonomically designed to ensure maximum portability for everyday use.
The Samsung NX10 ensures users never miss a moment, with one of the fastest AF in its class on the market. The company’s latest innovation, the new DRIMe II Pro engine and advanced AF algorithm, also provide ultra fast AF speed with the higher precision of contrast AF.
The Samsung NX10 has the heart of a DSLR embedded inside the compact frame of a digital camera, successfully integrating the APS-C size CMOS sensor with a mirrorless interchangeable lens, for a sleek, lightweight camera that users can easily take with them everywhere they go.
Consumers are not just limited to taking shots but can also tell their own stories in video format with HD movie recording (H.264 codec).
Samsung continues to extend the usage of AMOLED screens across many products, using a large 3.0” AMOLED screen in Samsung NX10. AMOLED provides easier viewing even in bright sunshine and at acute viewing angles, meaning users no longer need to shield their screen with their hand. The category leading screen also provides 10,000 times faster response rate than conventional LCDs, has a far lower power consumption and higher contrast ratio – 10,000:1 vs. 500:1.
“The new Samsung NX10 marks the start of the next generation of cameras,” said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company. “We know from our detailed research over several years that what consumers want from their cameras is evolving, which we’ve reflected in the development of the Samsung NX10. With specialist equipment open to everyone and no longer restricted solely to the professional, more and more people want to capture something creative and tell a story through their camera – but they also want something compact that they can carry around with them all day. The large sensor and the ultra fast auto focus give consumers the quality they demand as well as the compactness they want in one exceptional package.”
Mr. Park continued: “Samsung has always been quick to implement cutting edge technology and no more so when it comes to quality of images. For the first time in the market, Samsung has successfully integrated an APS-C size sensor into a compact body by eliminating the mirror box, meaning that our users can now be as creative as they want to be on the move without having to compromise on image quality.”
The Samsung NX10 also contains a range of intelligent features to put professional quality images within reach of the amateur photographer. The Samsung NX10 includes in-depth manual controls and also a Smart Auto function which automatically detects the surrounding environment of the shot and selects the best shooting mode. Its Smart Range feature also enables the user to vividly express both bright areas and dark areas in the same frame, and the Supersonic Dust Reduction system keeps those dust particles clear of the image sensor that can often impair an image. It even senses when the user brings the camera close to their face to look through the viewfinder, and puts the AMOLED screen on standby to conserve power.


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