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Samsung HZ10W digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Samsung: 10x wide angle digicam
(Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 17:30 EST)

Samsung has today unveiled a compact digital camera that offers a generous 24mm wide angle.

The Samsung HZ10W has a 10.2 megapixel image sensor, and a Schneider-branded 10x optical zoom lens. Images on the HZ10W are framed on a 2.7" LCD display. The HZ10W's ISO sensitivity ranges from 80 to 1,600, and the camera offers both 13 scene modes for ease of use, plus the ability to select an aperture or shutter speed manually. Importantly given the telephoto range available, the Samsung HZ10W includes true mechanical image stabilization. Other features of the HZ10W include 720p MPEG-4 video, SD / MMC storage, power from a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack, and a choice of NTSC / PAL video plus USB connectivity.

The Samsung HZ10W ships from January 2009 in either black or silver variants, with pricing set at about $300. More details are available in our Samsung HZ10W preview.

Samsung HZ10W
Samsung HZ10W digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeMid-Sized
Model NumberHZ10W
Dimensions4.1 x 2.4 x 1.4"
105.0 x 61.4 x 36.5mm
Planned Price$299.99
Planned Availability 2009
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
10.20 megapixels (total)
10.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3648 x 2056 (7.5 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7", 230,000 pixels
Lens TypeSchneider Zoom
10x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.2 - 42.0mm (actual)
24 - 240mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.3 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Focusing SystemContrast Detection with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
ISO SensitivityAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200* (3mpix or below)
Shutter Speed16 - 1/1500 second
Exposure ModesProgram, Manual
Metering ModesMulti, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, Manual
Internal FlashModes: TBD
Range: TBD
Scene Modes13 Scene modes
Self TimerYes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Movie FormatMPEG-4 (H.264) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory0.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
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Samsung HZ10W digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung HZ10W digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung HZ10W digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung HZ10W digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Introduces 24mm Ultra-Wide Angle Mega-Zoom

New HZ10W Offers HD Video and Addresses Need for Wider Focal Length and Longer Zoom

LAS VEGAS, N.V., January 7, 2009 – Samsung’s new HZ10W is a compact, 10.2 mega-pixel digital camera that takes wide-angle to a new level. Featuring an ultra-wide angle 24mm Schneider lens, the HZ10W goes beyond the 28mm wide-angle focal length offered by other manufacturers while adding a powerful 10x optical zoom with telephoto capabilities of 240mm (35mm film equivalent).  

Opportunities to enhance one’s creativity thrive thanks to the wider focal length offered by the HZ10W’s ultra-wide angle, 24mm lens. With the ability to fit more of a desired scene into the shot, users no longer have to worry about asking a group of people to stand closer together to make sure everyone is in the photo. Users can also capture even more impressive landscape images, communicating the full beauty of a mountain range or even cityscape, as they see it, without having to decide what to exclude when pressing the shutter button.

The HZ10W’s 240mm (35mm film equivalent) telephoto zoom also allows users to be more creative and flexible when they shoot, adding peace of mind knowing that they can rely on the camera to help them capture the image they want, at any distance. Such a long zoom is ideal for sporting events, especially when far away from the action, or travel, when unable to determine what shooting scenario you may find yourself in. For added stability and blur-free images, especially when using the HZ10W at its maximum zoom, Samsung has incorporated both Optical and Digital Image Stabilization. The shooter has the option of simply using Optical Image Stabilization to help reduce blur caused by hand shake, ideal for well-lit environments, or choosing Dual Image Stabilization and combining the strengths of Optical and Digital Image Stabilization. Dual Image Stabilization is ideal for low-light environments where the use of a flash is not desired as it activates both forms of stabilization simultaneously.

For shooters who wish to be in more control when it comes to taking digital images, the HZ10W offers a host of manual controls. Users can manually configure shutter speed, from 16 ~ 1/1,500 seconds, as well as adjust focus and aperture settings. Users can also dial in exposure in 1/3EV steps at a maximum of ±2EV and select a desired ISO value with options of 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and even 3200 at a reduced resolution of three mega-pixels.

The HZ10W also incorporates Samsung’s proprietary Smart Album program. Smart Album is useful tool which allows users to search through the various files they have saved on their memory card for a specific image. Smart Album automatically organizes the user’s digital images and gives them the ability to narrow their search based on the date or month the image was taken, the file type, whether it’s a photo, video, or voice memo, and the overall color tone.

“The mega-zoom HZ10W is one of the most feature-rich digital cameras in Samsung’s wide-ranging family of digital imaging products,” said Tony Sorice, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Digital Imaging, at Samsung Electronics America. “The camera addresses demands in the marketplace, not only for longer zooms, but for wider focal lengths as well. Such powerful optics, combined with other advanced features like the ability to record HD video, will undoubtedly make the HZ10W an attractive model for anyone in the market for a new digital camera.”

The HZ10W gives shooters the ability to capture video in 720p high-definition at 30 frames-per-second (fps). Thanks to H.264 compression, users can record video for longer periods of time, allowing them to better utilize the remaining memory capacity on their SD or SDHC memory card. Shooters can utilize Optical Image Stabilization and the camera’s 10x optical zoom while recording video, as well as Samsung’s Successive Recording mode, which allows the user to pause and then resume filming without having to save the clips as individual files.

Designed to help capture better images, specifically portraits and group shots of family and friends, the HZ10W’s Face Detection technology detects up to nine faces and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality. Smile Shot automatically triggers the HZ10W to take a photo only when the camera detects smiles on the subjects’ faces, and Blink Detection will automatically fire three consecutive shots if the camera detects that a subject’s eyes are closed – a useful feature as it’s often difficult to distinguish closed eyes when composing a shot on an LCD screen. Another unique, automatic functionality of the HZ10W is Beauty Shot, which will automatically brighten and even out skin tones as well as remove blemishes. The HZ10W’s comprehensive suite of automatic controls also includes 13 scene modes, which give users the ability to effortlessly adjust the camera and capture the best image possible in any situation.

The camera is available in black or silver, with silver trim, measures 4.13”W x 2.4”H x     1.4” D, and features a large 2.7 inch (230K pixels) LCD screen.

The Samsung HZ10W will be available in January 2009 at an MSRP of $299.99.

Samsung Electronics America's CES press releases, video content and product images are available at www.samsung.com/icespress  and our recently launched www.samsung.com/newsroom.

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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