Members of the press saw Samsungs latest developments in digital camera technology at the Samsung 2001 European Convention in Greece. The new models previewed include the Digimax 210AF, Digimax 130 and Digimax 35.
The Digimax 210AF is a 1600x1200 model with a stylish blue top plate and fixed 38mm lens. It has autofocusing and program/manual exposure. The shutter speeds range from 2 to 1/4000sec. Photographers can compose the image using the viewfinder or LCD finder and there are several creative modes including slow sync, landscape and backlight compensation.
The Digimax 130 has a 1.3m pixel CCD along with a fixed 5.6mm focal length and 2x digital zoom. This one follows Samsungs latest design trends by having a blue handgrip.
Samsung dont appear to be able to make their minds up on which memory card system to use as this one takes CompactFlash and the Digimax 210AF uses SmartMedia.
The Digimax 35 is a cut down version of the existing MP3 model with all the same features apart from the audio functions.
Samsungs president, Joong-Koo Lee, told the packed convention, "Samsung will be concentrating most of its resources on the design and development of digital products, while at the same time maintaining the current compact zoom line-up. Our digital strategy has been carefully planned and the first step into the digital world has already been made. We aim to be at the cutting edge of technology. Picture quality, ergonomics and desirability will be key factors."
Prices of the new cameras have to be confirmed and the Digimax 210AF, Digimax 130 will be available from August 2001 while the Digimax 35 goes on sale in June 2001. Full specs can be found in ePHOTOzines digital camera specifications compared section.