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Samsung launches PL90 with built-in USB connector

New camera features direct charging from computer

Samsung PL90

Samsung has launched a camera with a built-in USB connector that allows direct charging from computer. The PL90 aims to offer a convenient way to charge your camera’s battery if your charger and a mains power point aren’t handy. 

The 12.2 megapixel (Mp) model also does away with the need for using a separate USB cable to transfer photos to computer, although many people prefer using a memory card reader for that nowadays.

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Smile and blink

The PL90 features Smile and Blink Detection, which allows you to automatically take a photo when the subject is smiling, then detects if the subject’s eyes were closed in the shot. There’s a Self-Portrait function too which helps you to take better shots of yourself by alerting you when you are in the frame. This is quite a thin camera, Samsung says that it’s 17.9mm thick. It has a 29-116mm lens.

Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘The built-in USB connector is unique on a camera and will probably be the main reason why people would choose this camera. The Self-Portrait function is also a nice feature to have, but otherwise the PL90’s specification is quite basic.’

According to Samsung, the PL90 will be available in September at a price of £129.99.

For Which? test results of other Samsung PL-series cameras such as the PL150 with dual screens, and hundreds of other models, go to our Which? Digital Camera reviews 

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