Unfortunately, few details were available on the Samsung SL502 at press time. We do know that the SL502 features a 12.2 megapixel image sensor behind a Samsung-branded 5x optical zoom lens that offers focal lengths ranging from a rather average 35mm wide angle through to a useful 175mm equivalent telephoto. The Samsung SL502's maximum aperture that varies from f/3.5 to f/5.5 across the zoom range. There's no optical viewfinder, with images instead being framed on the Samsung SL502's 2.7", 230,000 dot LCD display. Unlike its simultaneously announced sibling the SL720, Samsung's SL502 offers no true mechanical image stabilization - only what the company calls digital image stabilization, which functions by raising ISO sensitivity to yield higher shutter speeds. The Samsung SL502 also has a built-in flash strobe, and a VGA (640 x 480 pixel) standard definition movie mode of unspecified frame rate.
Other features of the Samsung SL502 include autoexposure / autofocus-linked face detection, which in a first for Samsung's SL-series is capable of recognizing the faces of up to twenty individuals whom you've taught the camera to identify. This is used both to prioritize those individuals when they appear in a photo, and to speed retrieval of photos in which they're present when in playback mode. Samsung's face detection is also used to provide both blink detection and smile shot capability, which can warn when your subjects blink, and trigger the shutter when they're smiling. There's also a "Smart Auto" mode that automatically chooses one of eleven scene modes, "Smart Album" function in playback mode, and a "Beauty Shot" mode which enhances skin tones.
The Samsung SL502 ships from August 2009, and expected pricing is around $150.