New Samsung WB210 and PL210: new 12x and 10x optical zoom compacts announced at CES 2011

The Samsung WB210 is a new 12x optical zoom compact that offers a 24-288mm zoom range, even capable of a 21mm wideangle when set to Super Wide Shot mode.

On the rear is a large 3.5in touchscreen meaning you can get fully hands on in controlling your shooting and the Smart-Access user interface makes for seamless operation. This 14MP compact has a slim 22.4mm wide body design and is capable of shooting 720p HD movie as well as stills.

Next up is the PL210, with a 10x optical zoom (27-270mm equivalent) and smaller 3in screen without touch-capability. This is the smaller of the two cameras, measuring 19.7mm wide.

Elsewhere both cameras feature Samsung’s Smart Filter 2.0 – the next generation of the company’s in-camera effects, including Soft Focus, Half Tone Dot, Old Movie and an Enhanced Movie Filter.

The WB210 will be available in March, priced £250, while the PL210 will hit shelves in the same month for around £180.