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Samsung's SL201 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces SL201 digital camera
(Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 16:26 EDT)

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has today announced several new digital camera models slated to ship later this year, of which the new Samsung SL201 is one example.

The Samsung SL201 features a ten megapixel image sensor, Samsung-branded 3x optical zoom lens, and a fairly large 2.7" LCD display. The SL201's ISO sensitivity ranges from 80 to 1600, and there are four metering modes plus three autofocus modes - both including face detection choices. The Samsung SL201 has eleven scene modes to add a degree of control, and can record movies in AVI Motion JPEG format at up to 640x480 pixel resolution with sound.

The Samsung SL201 stores its images on SD, SDHC, or MMC plus cards, or in 16MB of built-in memory. Power comes from a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack, and NTSC / PAL video, plus USB 2.0 computer connectivity is on offer. The Samsung SL201 ships from September 2008 priced at US$170.

For more detailed information take a look over our Samsung SL201 preview. For specifications and the official press release, read on below.

Samsung SL201
Samsung's SL201 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberSL201
Dimensions3.6 x 2.3 x 0.8"
90.2 x 58.0 x 19.3mm
Weight110.0 g
3.8 oz
Planned Price$169.95
Planned Availability 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.33 CCD
10.30 megapixels (total)
10.20 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3648 x 2056 (7.5 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
Image Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7", 230,000 pixels
Lens Type3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.0(W) - f/5.6(T)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect (Multi AF, Center AF, Face Detection AF)
Focusing RangeNormal: 33" - infinity (80 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 33" (10 cm - 80 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed8 - 1/1500 second
Exposure ModesProgram, Manual
Metering Modes Multi, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection AE
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye Fix
Range: Wide : 0.4m - 3.0m, Tele : 0.5m - 2.5m (ISO AUTO)
Scene ModesPortrait, Night scene, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow.
Digital ZoomUp to 5.0x
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
OtherDC input (4.2v)
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary SLB-0837(B) (800mAh)
Product Bundle
SoftwareSamsung Master, Adobe Reader
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary SLB-0837 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory16.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Remote ControlNo
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Samsung's SL201 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's SL201 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


10.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Offers Digital Image Stabilization and Face Detection

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., July 16, 2008 – Samsung extends its range of compact point-and-shoot digital cameras with the introduction of the SL201. While slim, the SL201 features a resolution of 10.2 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.7-inch intelligent LCD which will automatically brighten or dim based on available lighting.

“The SL201 truly makes it easy for anyone to take great pictures in virtually any situation,” said Tony Sorice Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Digital Imaging at Samsung Electronics America.  “Its slim design allows consumers to take it with them wherever they go.  With the Function Description Guide and a host of automated settings, it’s easier than ever to get the very best images in any environment.”

For added versatility, the new SL201 features Face Detection, Self Portrait, and Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) technology. Face Detection makes taking pictures of family and friends a snap as it automatically detects up to nine faces and adjusts focus and exposure settings to ensure better composition and image quality. Self Portrait mode is a unique function that takes the guessing out of taking a self portrait. When in Self Portrait mode, the SL201 automatically detects the user’s face, adjusts focus and exposure, and  allows a photo to be taken only if the subject is centered in the frame. Samsung’s improved DIS technology helps the user capture blur-free images. Thanks to the enhanced sensitivity of the SL201’s imaging sensor, which features a maximum ISO of 1600, and the camera’s DIS technology, users can rest assured that they’ll be able to capture images in low-light situations, especially when the use of a flash is not desired.

With eleven scene modes to choose from including Night, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-Up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, and Beach & Snow, shooters can effortlessly adjust the camera to capture the most superb image possible in any setting. Additionally, the SL201 features Function Description and a Photo Help Guide. Function Description provides a brief and easy-to-understand description of each setting when scrolling through the camera’s menus, helping the end-user determine which setting is appropriate for their current shooting scenario. The Photo Help Guide is another intuitive component incorporated into the digital camera. It offers the end-user a guided tour of how to take better images as well as easy-to-follow tips instructing them how to obtain excellent results. 

The Samsung SL201 will be available in September 2008 at an MSRP of $169.95.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines.  A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S.  Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

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