Digital Camera Fall 2009 Preview

From $249 point-and-shoots to high-end D-SLRs, take a peek at upcoming models from Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji, Panasonic, Lumix, Sony, Samsung, and Leica.

Samsung TL 225
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Samsung TL-225
Class: Compact, Double LCD
Price: $350
Available: Sept.

With the release of the TL-225, Samsung will achieve a first in digital cameras: a device with dual LCD screens. There's one LCD touch screen on the back, where you'd expect, and a smaller one on the front. A tap of a finger on the rear touch screen activates the self-portrait mode.

Now turn the camera toward yourself and smile. The idea is that if you can see yourself while you're mugging, you'll be able to frame yourself perfectly and flick the lettuce out of your teeth before the photo is snapped.

Clearly, this is a camera Narcissus would have loved.

The 12.2-megapixel compact camera has a 3.5-inch touch screen on the back and a postage-stamp size 1.5 inch LCD in front. It records HD video in 1280x720p resolution at 30 frames per second and has a 4.6x zoom and a 27-mm wide-angle Schneider Kreuznach lens.

Samsung CL 65
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Samsung CL65
Class: Compact, Connected
Price: $400
Available: Sept.

The CL65 is built for the socially networked photographer. It supports both Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi for uploading pictures and video directly to other devices and for e-mailing/directly uploading files to photosharing sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Onboard GPS enables tagging pictures with location and time information for organizing photos later. The list of features is impressive: a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 720p (30fps) movie mode, HDMI output, and 3.5-inch touch screen. What, no phone?

For Further Reading:

Canon Intros Six PowerShot Cameras

Sony DSC-TX1 Points, Shoots Camera For You

Pentax Launches Flagship Pro Digital Camera

Sony Refreshes Entry-Level Pro-Like Cameras

Samsung TL225 Camera Sports 2 LCDs

Nikon CoolPix Camera Boasts Projector

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