Getting a jump on the imminent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung unveiled its latest DualView point-and-shoot camera, the DV300F, a few days early. The new model adds Wi-Fi for easy sharing of photos and videos.
Samsung made something of a name for itself by more or less creating the this new camera category back in 2009 with the TL225. Samsung’s DualView cameras feature a front-facing LCD screen to make certain photography tasks easier.
Which tasks? Besides the obvious help with self-portraits, the 1.5-inch LCD on the DV300F can display a countdown in large type for when you need to use the self-timer. The screen can also play pre-loaded animation to get young children to actually look at the damn camera for photos. (As the parent of a two-year-old, I’d really appreciate that one.)
With Wi-Fi on board, the DV300F is able to email photos or share them to various online services such as Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. You can also transfer images wirelessly to your PC (Samsung says it won’t be compatible with Mac) or store them on a cloud service like Samsung’s AllShare Play or Microsoft SkyDrive.
Rounding out the specs, the DV300F has a 16-megapixel sensor, 5X optical zoom and a Split Shot feature that lets users combine up to three pics into one. The camera comes in black, navy, silver and red. It’ll cost $199 and be available in March.