Samsung rolls out PL20 and ES80 compact cameras


Are you looking for a compact digital camera to bring along with you to capture impromptu moments, without being weighed down while having some money left over at the end of the month as well? Samsung might have answered your prayers, perhaps not with Micro Four Thirds technology that offers pretty close performance to DSLR shooters, but with the PL20 and ES80 compact cameras.

Both of these stylish point-and-shoot cameras will be able to capture clear, sharp images for most folks, unless your hand shakes excessively, of course. The PL20 will come with a 14-megapixel sensor, a 27mm wide angle and a 5x optical zoom, in addition to a staple these days – HD movie recording, while its Li-ion battery ensures you need not look for rechargeable AA batteries in lieu.

As for the ES80, this model is another smart point-and-shoot option for those who want a balance of affordability and value. Boasting easy-to-use features like an internal charging system that makes sure you won’t lose juice at that particular crucial moment, the ES80 has a lower resolution of 12-megapixels as well as a 5x optical zoom that lets you snap quality images in an effortlessly manner.

Both models will come in a choice of four colors – Silver, Tomato Red, Pink and Black, so hopefully everyone will find something that suits their tastes. With the two cameras carrying Samsung’s innovative Smart Auto feature, you will be able to select the best setting automatically, without having to figure out all the manual controls that tend to confound beginners.

The Samsung PL20 and ES80 will be out this March and April respectively, where the former will retail for $119.99 while the latter costs a cent less than a whole Benjamin – now how about that for value? If you’re already a pretty proficient shutterbug with regular point-and-shoot models, then you will do well to skip these two and look for a prosumer model instead, as a DSLR is surely not too far off the horizon for you.

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