We’ve seen compact cameras designed for taking self-shots before. I have to admit, though, the Samsung MV800 makes for the best solution I’ve seen, equipped with a folding LCD that can be flipped a full 180 degrees.
When taking regular shots, you just keep the 3-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD panel folded in, so you can look at your scenes like any regular point-and-shoot before snapping. Come time to shoot a self-portrait, though, you can flip the back panel open, so the LCD sits right on top of the camera. That way, you can see how your mug will be captured before pressing the shutter button.
Front and rear aren’t the only shots the Samsung MV800 makes easy. Because the flip-out LCD can be held at any angle from 0 to 180 degrees, you can fully see shots over a crowd (upside down, LCD flipped at 90 degrees) and at hip level (without kneeling down). Partially open the lid and you can use it as stand to prop the camera at tilting angles, too.
Camera details include a 16.1 megapixel image sensor, Schneider lens, dual image stabilization, 5x optical zoom and three shutter settings. There’s also microSD card support, an HDMI out for viewing videos externally and stereo mics with noise reduction for better audio to go with your 720p video recordings. It’s quite the compact piece, too, measuring 3.62 x 2.21 x 0.72 inches.
The Samsung MV800 should hit stores before the holidays, with pricing expected at $279.99.