Samsung ST80

Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched its latest range of digital cameras, with features not often seen, including built-in USB spade and Wi-Fi wireless networking connectivity.

Among them is the ST80, which incorporates a 14MP image sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also captures HD video at 1280×720-pixels (720p) at 30fps using H.264 video encoding.

It also features Samsung’s new AllShare tech, that enables the camera to connect to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)-ready device.

Photos and videos can also be uploaded to Facebook or YouTube and other online sites.

What is unusual is that it only features a 3X optical zoom lens, odd in that even Samsung’s more basic models features at least a 4X zoom lens.

One of those models is the new PL90, which features the flip-out USB spade plug. Just how practical this is remains to be seen, particularly given the location of some ports on both notebooks and desktop PCs.

The PL90 captures VGA (640×480-pixel) video at 30fps, features 4X optical zoom and a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD panel. It captures using a 12.2MP image sensor.

Samsung PL90

One benefit of the built-in USB plug is that it allows the camera to charge its Lithium-ion battery directly from the USB port, reducing the amount of extra gear you have to carry.

The ST80 will be available for $349 and the PL90 will come in at $179. Both cameras are expected to be available in Australia this month.

Check out the so-far-released specs below.

ST80
Mega-Pixels 14.2 mega-pixels
Optical Zoom 3x Optical Zoom
LCD Size Clear 3.0” WQVGA Touch Display (230K)
Lens Samsung
Movie Mode 720p / 30fps / H.264
Size 92X55.4X18.5mm
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
Pricing $349
PL90
Mega-Pixels 12.2 mega-pixels
Optical Zoom 4x Optical Zoom
LCD Size 2.7 inch, 230K-pixel LCD
Lens Samsung
Movie Mode 640×480(30/15fps)
Size 97.8x57x17.9mm
Special Features - Built-in USB Plug
- Smart Auto Function

- Objective Tracking AF

- Smart Album

- Perfect Portrait System: Beauty Shot / Face Detection / Self Portrait / Smile Shot / Blink Detection/Red-eye Fix

Availability September 2010
Pricing $179

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