Samsung has two new cameras with a Display in front

by Mark R

sc002We had fun reporting on Nikon’s S1000pj, the first camera with a touchscreen, and it would appear that Samsung is doing something unique with their cameras with the unveiling of the ST500 and ST550, two cameras with a display on the front.

In fact, the front display is a touchscreen, allowing the user to touch and take a self-portrait. I suppose this is a response to all those cameras that have the flip out and turn around screens. They usually don’t work well on cameras of this type, do they?

Both the ST500 and ST550 have a 12 megapixel sensor, 4.6x optical zoom, and a front display of 1.5 inches. The only difference seems between the two models is that the ST550 has a 3.5 inch rear display, while the ST500 has a 3 inch one.

Sadly, this is all the information that I have on this particular product. A lot of this info is taken from press embargoes that shouldn’t have been broken, but it is really big news, so I just had to report on it.

In other words, I don’t have a price or release date. However, having a camera with two screens raises a big question of whether a front and back display will become an industry standard. Chime in with a comment to let me know what you think.

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5 reviews or comments

Josh Says: August 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I think this is a great idea, because we all have those moments when we want to take a snapshot of ourselves and who wants to keep retaking pictures of themselves?

Kiwiiano Says: August 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

[quote]I suppose this is a response to all those cameras that have the flip out and turn around screens. They usually don’t work well on cameras of this type, do they?[/quote]
Huh? I’ve got a Canon A650, before that a Panasonic FZ30, before that Canon S5 and S3. All had no problems with their flip & twist screens. I’d regard the feature to be so valuable it’s a deal-breaker not to have it, which, sadly, does limit my future choices somewhat.
Still, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus (& Sony, sort of) are producing options. ;^)

Bibush Rana Says: September 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm

darn i really wanted to know the cost price on this one.

Harrow Says: October 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

This product does rock, built in projector. Now I feel that I really do live in 2009! I was waiting for cool stuff like this since 2000!

check out the link:

http://www.crazycameras.co.uk/nikon-coolpix-s1000pj-12-1mp-digital-camera-with-built-in-projector-and-5x-wide-angle-optical-vibrat-product_93498.html

mati Says: September 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

I saw it on NBC channel on tv and it was for $199. Search on shopnbc.com if they still have it there.

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