Samsung has added to its compact camera line-up, with the ‘speedy’ EX1, full HD WB2000 and waterproof WP10.
The Samsung EX1 is a high-end compact camera with a ‘fast’ lens sporting a maximum aperture of f1.8. This is significantly faster than most other compact cameras. The two usual potential benefits of a fast lens are:
- More ability to blur the background when taking portrait shots
- Less susceptibility to blurring in low light conditions.
The optical zoom range of this camera is 24-72mm. It will be available from April, priced around £400.
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The WB2000 is another new compact camera from Samsung. It offers 1080p full HD video recording, and according to Samsung, can capture ten 10Mp still images per second in continuous shooting mode. Available in Spring for around £330, the WB2000 has a 24-120mm lens, 3 inch AMOLED screen and manual controls for more creative shooting.
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Several ‘rugged’ cameras have been launched of late from the likes of Panasonic and Olympus. Now, Samsung has announced the slim WP10. It is waterproof to 10 feet, and has an ‘Aqua’ mode that Samsung says will optimise camera settings for best possible underwater photos.
Unlike many other waterproof cameras however, the Samsung does not claim to be shockproof or freezeproof.
The Samsung WP10 will be available from the Spring, priced around £180.
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Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital cameras expert, says: ‘These are three interesting new launches from Samsung, offering a big selling point in each case – the EX1’s fast lens, the WB2000’s full HD video recording, and the underwater capabilities of the WP10. The fast lens of the EX1 is especially unusual, and good to see that despite lots of in-camera innovations and whizzy features over the past few years, lens innovations haven’t been forgotten.’
Samsung NX lenses
Samsung has also announced new lenses for the new NX10 camera. These include:
- 18-55mm, without image stabilisation. (An 18-55m with image stabilisation was announced in January)
- 20mm ‘pancake’
- 18-200mm, with image stabilisation
- 60mm macro
These lenses will become available at various points later in the year.
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