This camera is pretty sweet. Most of the time, you’ll find that only video cameras are equipped with a screen that you can see yourself in, which makes the Samsung DualView pretty enticing. On top of the obvious two screens, the 12.2MP photos are very solid.
We tested out smile detection, and it worked great. It was really kind of ridiculous how accurate it was. It doesn’t respond to silly faces, even if your teeth are showing. (How do they do that?) The clown animation was extremely useful in getting Eric to look into the lens, and of course the countdown works exactly as advertised.
Overall, we were pleased with how things went, and the camera itself looks really good. However, unless you are a huge fan of touchscreens, the interface can be a touch daunting at first. (See what I did there?) Things aren’t labeled very well, (you’ll probably have to read the manual to make out what some of the functions are) but the touchscreen is very responsive and quick, unlike a large portion of consumer electronics out today.
In general, this camera is a great value for your money, and would make a solid addition to anyone’s pile of devices. And besides that, it is by far the *best* facebook / myspace / insertsitehere camera we’ve used to date.
Here are the specs:
- Maximum pixels: 12.2 megapixels
- Memory: 55MB internal memory / MicroSD and MicroSDHC supported
- Zoom power: 4.6x optical zoom / 5.0x digital zoom
- Shooting modes: Smart Auto mode: Portrait, Zoom-In Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Sunset, Landscape, Blue Sky, Natural Green, White, Night, Macro, Macro Color, Macro Text
- Flash modes: Auto / Auto & Red-eye reduction / Fill-in flash / Slow sync / Flash off / Red-eye fix
- Movie mode: High definition 1280 x 720p movie capture / Max 20 min recording time
- Viewscreen: DualView technology: One 3.5″ touchscreen LCD (1,152K pixels) / One 1.5″ LCD viewscreen (61K pixels)
- Digital interface: 1 HDMI / 1 USB / 1 AV
- Special features: One Touch Shooting / Smart Gesture user interface / Smart Face Recognition / Beauty Shot