Samsung Introduces Two New DualView Compact Cameras

Samsung is really taking its two-LCD camera concept and running with it. The company has just announced two new members of its DualView line of compact digital cameras, the ST100 and ST600. These two new models are follow-ups to the TL220 and TL225 DualView cameras, improving on several technical aspects.

Here are the main specs similarities:

– 14MP Sensor for both cameras

– Front LCD screens are 1.8 inches

– 3.5 inch touch screen on the back

– 5x optical zoom

And the differences:

– The ST600 uses a 27mm-equivalent 4.9-24.5mm Schneider-Kreuznach lens.

– The ST100 features a 35mm-equivalent 6.3-31.5mm Schneider Kreuznach lens.

Besides the lens, the two new cameras are functionally identical, and beyond sensor resolution and screen size share almost all pertinent features with the TL220/225. They feature the same dual digital/optical image stabilization, the same 720p/30 HD video recording, and in-camera image editing and organization functions as their predecessors, taking advantage of the large LCD touchscreen.

Both the ST100 and ST600 will ship in September, with suggested retail prices of $349 and $329, a final step up from the less expensive TL220 and TL225. Considering the older models offer extremely similar features for less than $300, the two new DualView cameras could be a tough sell for consumers.

Here’s the breakdown chart:

Specifications

ST600 ST100
Mega-pixels 14.2 Mega pixels 14.2 Mega pixels
Optical Zoom 5x optical zoom / 27mm wide 5x optical inner zoom / 35mm angle
LCD Size TFT LCD, Main Display: 3.5″ (8.9cm), Front Display: 1.8″(4.6cm) TFT LCD, Main Display: 3.5″ (8.9cm), Front Display: 1.8″(4.6cm)
Lens Schneider f = 4.9 ~ 24.5mm.

27mm wide

Schneider f = 6.3 mm ~ 31.5 mm.

35mm angle

Image Stabilization Dual IS (Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) + Digital Image Stabilization (DIS)) Dual IS (Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) + Digital Image Stabilization (DIS))
Size 4.07″ X 2.34” X 0.78” (WxHxD) 3.94” X 2.36” X 0.79” (WxHxD)
Shooting (still image) Smart Auto, Auto, Smart Movie, Movie, Program, Dual IS, Scene
Smart Auto: Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Macro Portrait, Night, Backlight, Landscape, White, Natural Green, Blue Sky, Sunset, Macro, Macro Text (Smart Guide), Macro Color, Tripod, Action, Fireworks
Smart Auto, Auto, Smart Movie, Movie, Program, Dual IS, Scene
Smart Auto: Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Macro Portrait, Night, Backlight, Landscape, White, Natural Green, Blue Sky, Sunset, Macro, Macro Text (Smart Guide), Macro Color, Tripod, Action, Fireworks
Editing (still image) Image Edit: Resize, Rotate, Trimming
Photo Style Selector: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB
Smart Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Fish Eye1, Fish Eye2 ,DeFog, Sketch Effect
Image Adjust: Face Retouch (Level 1)
Image Edit: Resize, Rotate, Trimming
Photo Style Selector: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB
Smart Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Fish Eye1, Fish Eye2 ,DeFog, Sketch Effect
Image Adjust: Face Retouch (Level 1)
Recording (movie) With Audio or without Audio / Zoom Mute included on ST600 (Zoom Mute on, off Option) (Max Recording time: 20min)
Size: 1280×720(30/15fps) High Quality, 1280×720(30/15fps) Standard Quality, 640×480(30/15fps), 320×240 (30/15 fps)
With Audio or without Audio

Size: 1280×720(30/15fps) High Quality, 1280×720(30/15fps) Standard Quality, 640×480(30/15fps), 320×240 (30/15 fps)

Effect (movie) Color Style: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom Color Style: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom
Edit (movie) Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Software Intelli Studio Intelli Studio
Features • Front LCD ON – Tap or Front LCD Hot Key Button
• Front Display (Self Shot, Self Timer, Jump Shot, Function Info, Children mode, Couple shot, Smile Shot. User can change the flash file of children mode by downloading new file from Samsung Website)
• Smart Gesture UI

• Touch Lock Function
• Smart Face Recognition (Register 6 people manually and 14 people automatically / My Star: 6 people who are registered manually )
• One Touch Shooting
• Smart Auto 2.0 (Movie & Still)
• Smart Album (Smart Album Category: Type, Date, Color, Week, Face, Favorite)
• Beauty Shot
• High Definition Movie Recording: 720p Resolution @30fps / H.264 Movie File
• HDMI CEC
• Multi Slide Show / Recycle Bin
• High Sensitivity ISO3200(Full Size)

• Front LCD ON – Tap or Front LCD Hot Key Button
• Front Display (Self Shot, Self Timer, Jump Shot, Function Info, Children mode, Couple shot, Smile Shot. User can change the flash file of children mode by downloading new file from Samsung Website)
• Smart Gesture UI

• Touch Lock Function
• Smart Face Recognition (Register 6 people manually and 14 people automatically / My Star: 6 people who are registered manually )
• One Touch Shooting
• Smart Auto 2.0 (Movie & Still)
• Smart Album (Smart Album Category: Type, Date, Color, Week, Face, Favorite)
• Beauty Shot
• High Definition Movie Recording: 720p Resolution @30fps / H.264 Movie File
• HDMI CEC
• Multi Slide Show / Recycle Bin
• High Sensitivity ISO3200(Full Size)

Availability September September
Price $329.99 $349.99

Press Releases for the cameras can be found Here.

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What do you think? Is a new lens, slightly higher resolution, and a larger front-facing screen worth the extra $50-70? Is the whole two-screen concept genuinely useful, or just a gimmick?