Samsung seems bent on declaring itself the official eccentric digicam-maker of the world. Yesterday, we bear witness to the company's clever dual-LCD compact shooter. This time, it throws all-in-one features into the regular camera chassis, decking the Samsung CL65 with every type of connectivity option you can imagine, short of turning it into a veritable cell phone.
Veering away from the physical buttons most digicams come with, the CL65 sports a large 3.5-inch touchscreen around the back, where all the features can be managed by using virtual controls. It uses Samsung's new Smart Gesture User Interface, which claims to turn common camera functions into easy-to-perform tasks.
Camera details include a 12 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom lens (it uses a narrow panel, though), dual image stabilization and 720p camcorder recordings at 30 fps. Extra features include Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, DLNA support, HD video display directly from the screen and, even, an onboard GPS. It manages to remain compact, despite all the fittings, measuring in at 99.8 x 60.8 x 18.9 mm.
Thanks to the built-in GPS radio, it offers geolocating and geotagging, which should increase the camera's overall facility, despite the likely performance overhead it can create. You can connect wirelessly to your computer via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as send images over the web across available access points. It allows users to email images to up to 20 recipients at a time, apart from uploading directly to Facebook and YouTube (among other social sites).
Scheduled for a September release, the Samsung CL65 is expected to retail for $399.99.
[via Samsung USA News]