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Samsung ST80 Overview

Posted: 07/28/2010

The Samsung ST80 features a 14.2 megapixel CCD image sensor behind a Samsung-branded 3x optical zoom lens. The ST80's lens has 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from a rather tight 35mm wide angle to a moderate 105mm telephoto, There's no optical viewfinder, with images being framed on a 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot LCD display, which also doubles as an input device, thanks to a touch screen panel overlay.

The Samsung ST80 has the ability to record high definition movies at 30 frames per second in H.264 format, with 720p (1,280 x 720 pixels) resolution. The ST80 includes wireless LAN connectivity, along with a Boingo account of unspecified duration, although precise details as to its WiFi network compatibility aren't available. We do know, however, that it's possible to email photos and videos from the camera to contacts stored in its address book, and to upload them directly to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket, SamsungImaging.com, or YouTube. It's also compatible with Samsung AllShare, the company's brandname for DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatibility, which allows sharing of data between the camera and other DLNA-compatible devices.

The Samsung ST80 also has a selection of scene modes aimed at keeping things approachable for beginner photographers while still offering a degree of control over images, plus a Smart Auto mode which automatically selects a scene mode as appropriate -- even for movies. A new Smart Crop mode allows not only cropping of images in-camera using the touch screen, but it also allows them to be straightened in-camera, as well.

The Samsung ST80 ships from September 2010, priced at $250.