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Samsung introduces two new S-series digital cameras

Samsung announces two new black bodied digital cameras in the S-series. The new S1050 is a point-and-shoot digital camera with a 10.1 megapixel image sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens. The Samsung S850 comes with an 8 megapixel image sensor and the same 5x optical zoom lens. The cameras can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to 4 gigabytes.  Both cameras will be available in the spring of 2007. The S850 will have an MSRP of $249.99, the S1050 will have an MSRP of $349.99...

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All about the new Samsung S1050The Samsung S1050 tops the charts in resolution, quality and style

Samsung Camera is pleased to announce the release of the S1050, a point-and-shoot digital camera with a premium quality 10.1 mega-pixel image sensor. Coupled with a super-sharp 5x optical zoom lens, the S1050 combines the hardware that demanding photographers require of a camera with the intuitive ease-of-use that is Samsung's hallmark.

While ease-of-use was a top priority when designing the S1050, Samsung engineers were equally committed to delivering a comprehensive suite of robust features and technologies in the flagship model of the S Series.  With shutter speeds that reach up to an effective 1/2000 sec and an ISO equivalent of 1600, users will be able to take advantage of the S1050's speed and resolution in any situation -- from taking landscape photos at dusk to shooting fast action sports photography. Further ensuring razor sharp images in any situation, Samsung's ASR image stabilization system helps to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and at times when holding the camera steady is impossible or a tripod is unavailable.

Samsung equipped the S1050 with several thoughtful features designed to allow users to capture the images they want without having to worry about tedious exposure adjustment or editing. Dedicated modes for common-yet-tricky shooting situations include Children (with a high shutter speed to freeze motion while avoiding blur), Backlight (to compensate for a rear-lit subject), and Portrait (to bring the subject into strong focus while deemphasizing the background).  

When enabled, the S1050's Wise Shot feature automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession ¬-- one with ASR enabled and one with the flash -- then prompts the user to review both and select their preferred version of the picture.

The S1050's dedicated Effect button lets users quickly access a host of powerful in camera image effects, including conversion to sepia-tone, black-and-white and RGB color effects. Images can be trimmed, resized, and rotated in the camera without the use of a PC and a built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image.  Slide Show automatically scrolls through photos and displays them on the bright and vivid 3.0” TFT LCD screen.

Just as much attention was given to the S1050's Movie mode, which lets users capture video in one of four resolutions, from 160x128 to 800x600, at 20 frames per second and encoded as AVI MPEG-4 video. Just as in still-picture mode, the ASR image stabilization system can be engaged to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur in movie mode.

For maximum versatility, the S1050 can be powered by an optional high-energy rechargeable Ni-MH battery, as well as available-everywhere AA alkaline cells, which is a surefire boon for travelers and other power users.

All of these features are contained in a sleek silver or black housing that measures a mere 3.9 inches (width) by 2.5 inches (height) by 1 inch (depth). Unlike other compact cameras, the S1050 features a molded, ergonomic grip that makes framing, steadying, and shooting a breeze. The included USB 2.0 cable, camera cradle, and CD-ROM containing Samsung's Digimax Master software (compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh OS X 9.2 through 10.4) will get even beginning photographers up and shooting right out of the box.

The S1050 contains 45 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to 4 gigabytes.

The Samsung S1050 will have an MSRP of $349.99 and will be available in the spring of 2007.


New Samsung S850 in stylish, affordable Point & Shoot package

Samsung Camera is pleased to introduce the Samsung S850 compact point-and-shoot digital camera.  With an 8.0 mega-pixel image sensor, a host of advanced capabilities and a 5x optical zoom lens, the S850 is the ideal camera for photographers seeking a compact, full-featured digital camera at a highly accessible MSRP of $249.99.

With shutter speeds that reach up to an effective 1/2000 sec and an ISO equivalent of 1600, users will be able to take advantage of the S850's high image resolution in many demanding settings, including low-light and while shooting fast moving subjects. Samsung's proprietary ASR image stabilization system helps to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and in situations where holding the camera steady is impossible or a tripod is unavailable.

Despite its diminutive proportions and price point, the S850 offers a wealth of advanced features more commonly found among DSLRs and other professional-level products.  With aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes, continuous shooting and AEB, the Samsung S850 puts complete creative control right at the user's fingertips.  

The S850 features several dedicated modes for common-yet-difficult shooting situations including Children (with a high shutter speed to freeze motion while avoiding blur), Backlight (to compensate for a rear-lit subject), and Portrait (to bring the subject into strong focus while deemphasizing the background). A dedicated hot key brings up the camera's Special Effect processing options, which include Photo Frame (users can choose one of several frames to border an image), Highlight (sharpens the foreground while softening the focus of the background) and Screen Splits (allows users to combine multiple images into a single file).  

The S850's robust in-camera image effects include conversion to sepia-tone and black and-white. When enabled, Samsung's Wise Shot feature automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession ¬-- one with ASR enabled and one with the flash -- and prompts the user to review both and select the preferred version of the picture. A built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image. In addition, images can be trimmed, resized, and rotated in the camera without the use of a PC. Slide Show automatically scrolls through photos and displays them on the bright and vivid 2.5” TFT LCD screen, which automatically detects environmental illumination and adjusts its brightness for optimal image viewing.

The S850's Movie mode enables users capture video in one of four resolutions, from 320x240 to 800x592, at up to 30 frames per second and encoded in AVI MPEG-4 format. Just as in still-picture mode, the S850's image stabilization system can be engaged to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur, and movie clips can be reviewed and edited directly in the camera.  In addition, the S850's Continuous Movie mode allows its operator to pause, then resume filming of video clips without having to save the clips as individual files.

The included USB 2.0 cable, and CD-ROM containing Samsung's Digimax Master software (compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh OS X 9.2 through 10.4) will get even beginning photographers up and shooting right out of the box.

The S850 contains 20 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to 4 gigabytes. Users can save images in one of six resolutions, ranging from 1024x768 pixels all the way up to 3264x2448 pixels.

The Samsung S850 will be available in the spring of 2007.

Additional information: All about the new Samsung S1050
January 7, 2007
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