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Samsung's ST6500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Samsung ST6500 angles for your interest
(Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:30 EST)

Just a couple of weeks after it kicked off its 2011 digital camera lineup with eight new models at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung has today unveiled a further five new cameras due to ship in the coming months.

Up first, we have the Samsung ST6500, which features a uniquely styled body claimed to improve handholding comfort. The ST6500 couples a 16 megapixel image sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens. The Samsung-branded lens has a useful 26mm-equivalent wide angle, and a moderate 130mm telephoto. Images and movies are framed and reviewed on a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD panel.

The Samsung ST6500 should be available in the US market from March 2011. List pricing for the model has been set at around US$230. For more details, read our Samsung ST6500 preview.

Samsung ST6500
Samsung's ST6500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberNorth America: ST6500
Dimensions4.0 x 2.2 x 0.8 in.
(102 x 57 x 19 mm)
Planned Price$229
Planned AvailabilityMarch 2011
Image Capture
Sensor Type0.43 CCD
16.00 megapixels
Aspect Ratio Unknown
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
Lens TypeSamsung Zoom Lens
5x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes, optical
Focal Length4.7 - 23.5mm (actual)
26 - 130mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.3 (wide) / f/5.9 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemContrast Detection
White BalanceImage Sensor
Digital ZoomUp to 5x
File FormatJPEG
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Notes3-inch touchscreen LCD, Smart Touch 3.0 UI, Sound Alive, Smart Auto (Still/Movie), Smart Filter 2.0 Perfect Portrait System, 720p HD Movies.
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Samsung's ST6500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's ST6500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's ST6500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Continues to Lead the Way in Design Innovation With the Stylish New ST6500

Create perfect images through stylish and elegant design

SEOUL, Korea – January 19, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced the latest addition to its design-led camera portfolio, the ST6500, reinforcing the company’s position as a global leader in digital imaging innovation and a pioneer of stylish design and ergonomic usability. The launch follows the success of Samsung’s recent cameras such as the ST5000 which showcased a fluid and sleek design approach.

The ST6500 incorporates the latest angled design, with the camera’s body curved around the lens and angled at 7 degrees to make for a more ergonomic fit in the hand, an innovative step away from the conventionally designed models available in the market. The overall design helps ensure that creative images are perfectly captured, as the camera fits effortlessly in the user’s hand, giving increased usability and complementing the high-quality finish with a smooth, fluid curve. The high-performing, stylish design means the ST6500 is the camera that lets you make a style statement at the latest party or social event.

The ST6500 also comes equipped with a high-quality 16-megapixel sensor, to guarantee crisp and clear images, alongside the powerful 5x zoom lens set within the camera’s slim, stylish and light body. The ST6500 also reaches new levels of interaction with the consumer, through a new Smart Touch 3.0 User Interface which works with the wide 3.0” multi-purpose LCD touch screen, so users can quickly access, manage and use key features to capture their creative moments. To help confirm the latest group shot of friends and those important social gatherings are captured perfectly every time, the intelligent Smart Auto feature automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to prepare you to capture the perfect image.

“Today’s launch further establishes Samsung’s position of leadership, setting the benchmark for the latest high performing camera designs,” said Mr. Hyunho Chung, Executive Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “It is an important landmark for Samsung, reinforcing our position as a leading innovator in the digital camera market and showing our belief in design-led innovation. The ST6500 offers not only luxurious design and the best imaging technology, but also demonstrates our commitment to our customers, by producing user-driven innovation in the form of ergonomic style and easy-to-use functions. The ST6500 is a unique offering to the market, and a welcome change for an industry that is dominated by straight lines.”

Pioneering HD movie recording
Alongside its 5x optical zoom, the ST6500 also features a 26mm wide angle lens; enabling users to capture wide and deep perspective images. The camera also boasts the latest 720p HD Movie settings with additional voice recording, along with HD Shooting and HD Playback, so you never miss any of the action. These smart features not only provide the best quality images but ensure style driven photographers discover the fun of photo and video capturing. The slim and sleek design is also available in a variety of colors to meet every customer’s style requirements and individual tastes.

Maximizing creativity through smart technology
The ST6500 ensures consumers can create unique photos with the built-in image editing and creative shooting tool suite. The camera also includes the Magic Frame capability, made up of 12 predefined templates with multiple background properties to create fun, stylish and unique images formatted as postcards and posters. The advanced Smart Filter 2.0 allows enhanced video filtering features, with several professional color options, so users can create truly innovative videos. Since standard videos in ordinary colors tend to be uninspiring, the ST6500 ensures that the Smart feature set maximizes your creativity and ensures you discover the fun of shooting.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.


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