Samsung Electronics isn’t exactly a name synonymous with quality digital cameras, but they’re getting there slowly. This time round, the Korean consumer electronics company has announced two more 12 megapixel compact digital camera models for the US that will be equipped with 24mm ultra-wide angle Schneider lenses. First off is the new Samsung TL320 that raises the bar for innovation in the digital imaging industry, as Samsung claims this is the first digital camera to feature a 3″ AMOLED display with HVGA resolution in the world. As for the new HZ15W, it boasts one of the most powerful lenses where compact point-and-shoots are concerned with an impressive focal length of 24-240mm (35mm film equivalent).
Let us take a look at the TL320 first – it goes above and beyond the traditional call of duty for compact point-and-shoot digital cameras, bringing the following impressive features that will more than whet your appetite. Apart from the mentioned Schneider lens earlier, you will also find a powerful 5x optical zoom, an AMOLED display that has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 (making it easy to view even when you’re under direct sunlight) for darker black levels and more vibrant colors, 720p High Definition video recording, HDMI connectivity, Optical and Digital Image Stabilization, aperture priority, shutter priority, full manual shooting and Samsung’s own Advanced Picture Mode.
As for the HZ10W, you will get a 24mm ultra-wide angle Schneider lens with 10x optical zoom, Optical and Digital Image Stabilization, 720p High Definition video recording, HDMI connectivity, a 3″ LCD display and manual shooting mode. This and the TL320 will toe the line when it comes to DSLR territory, but it does offer a foretaste of what the Promised Land of digital cameras is like. The Samsung TL320 and Samsung HZ10W will be available in May and March respectively, with the former going for $379.99 while the latter retails for $329.99.