Samsung has launched a compact capable of using nearby wi-fi connections to either e-mail users or upload to social networking sites such as Facebook. The 14MP compact also has HD video and a 3″ touch screen along with a 3x optical zoom.
The ST80 can make use of the Boingo hotspot provider, which has over 1,000 locations in London alone, via an included account. A number of providers have attempted this in the past, with Samsung themselves launching the ST1000 last year. The camera can only connect to wi-fi networks that don’t require verification, so any that need a code or login details wouldn’t be usable.
The restrictive zoom is something of a let-down, but elsewhere the camera has some impressive specs and is priced at a reasonable £200. For more information head to www.samsung.co.uk
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the ST80, a 14.2 mega-pixel point-and-shoot camera that joins Samsung’s growing line of Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras. With wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Samsung’s AllShareTM (DNLA) connectivity, the ST80 makes it easy to share images on the move and keep friends and family updated from anywhere at any time.
“We want to let people share their favourite pictures quickly while they’re on the move, and the ST80 does just that,” said Steve Mitchell, General Manager, Samsung Digital Imaging. “Connectivity is everywhere, and at Samsung we are committed to bringing these wireless capabilities to the digital imaging world by developing innovative cameras that satisfy the distinct needs of our consumers. The innovative and stylish design of the ST80 is also a testament to the strong vision of Samsung’s design engineers. It’s the perfect digital imaging solution for today’s well-connected consumer.”
Beauty and Brains
The unique style of the ST80 immediately makes it stand out from the crowd. Consumers will be drawn to the ST80’s slim and rounded design, which houses a 3x optical zoom as well as a large, 3.0-inch wide touchscreen on the back of the camera. The ST80 will be available in four stylish colours including charcoal black, white, fuchsia pink and mint blue.
Consumers will also enjoy the smart features found within the camera. The ST80 comes equipped with Samsung’s new ‘Smart Crop’ feature, a unique editing tool which takes place directly on the camera. With ‘Smart Crop,’ users can crop images taken at any angle or slant, such as banners or signs, and then straighten them as if they were originally taken straight on. The ST80 also makes it easy to capture great images with Samsung’s Smart Auto (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology. Smart Auto (Still & Movie) automatically recognises the user’s current shooting environment and selects the appropriate settings to achieve the best results possible.
In addition to the impressive 14.2 mega-pixel resolution for digital still images, the ST80 offers HD video recording. At 30 frames-per-second, the ST80 allows consumers to record high-quality, 720p HD video utilising the H.264 format, which provides up to three times more recording capacity than the MJPEG video format.
The ST80’s wireless connectivity makes it easy for users to upload or share digital images or videos with others directly from the camera without the need to be connected to a computer. By leveraging an available Wi-Fi internet connection, consumers have the option to email their digital images and video to individual email addresses or to those stored in the camera’s address book. In addition to email, consumers can also effortlessly upload images and videos directly to social networking sites such as Facebook®, PicasaTM, YouTube®, Photo Bucket or even Samsung’s own website (www.samsungimaging.com ). The ST80 range also comes equipped with an account with mobile hotspot provider Boingo, delivering broadband speeds in the palm of your hands at more than 120,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the world.
The ST80’s wireless connectivity is further enhanced by Samsung’s AllShareTM technology. Thanks to AllShare, users can effortlessly sync the ST80 to popular DLNA-compliant (Digital Living Network Alliance) electronics found throughout the home, such as HDTVs and digital photo frames, and wirelessly connect and share content between each device.
For more information, please visit www.samsungcamera.co.uk
Mega-Pixels 14.2 mega-pixels
Optical Zoom 3x Optical Zoom
LCD Size Clear 3.0″ WQVGA Touch Display (230K)
Movie Mode 720p / 30fps / H.264
Size 92 x 55.4 x 18.5mm
Special Features – Wi-Fi Connectivity – AllShare (DLNA Supported) – Email / Direct upload to photo sharing websites – 3.0″ Touch-Screen LCD – High-Definition 720p Video – Smart Auto (Still & Movie) -Smart Crop Feature
Availability September 2010