In a world where we all want everything to be instant point and shoot digital cameras have been struggling for awhile. What these cameras lack when compared to smartphones is the simple option to upload to social sites in the moment. Samsung has recently announced the MV900 camera and it features wifi and social sharing which its older version the MV800 did not have.
The new camera boasts some serious numbers and features for a point and shoot and for a reasonable price. I will go over its features and highlights here.
One of the main advantages given to this camera is its addition of WIFI, nowadays if the camera doesnt have WIFI in my opinion it just gets overlooked…unless of course we are talking about the Sony RX100. The camera can connect to local networks and upload to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket and Youtube. The camera also has the ability to connect to Android or iOS devices to pass images along though an app so you can stamp some filters on them and pass them off to Instagram (we all know that that breaks the unsaid rule of instagram). So on top of the Eye-Fi like ability to transfer you can also control the camera from your portable device. Why? Im not quite sure how or why you would want to but I’m sure someone at Samsung does.
The camera comes with a 16mp BSI CMOS sensor, BSI stands for backside illuminated and it has proven to provide better lowlight images for smaller sensors. The MV900 is capable of full 1080P video at 30fps and includes a 5x lens which starts at 25mm.
The other large feature of the camera and why it was MV (multi view) in its name is the fact that this series of cameras features a display that swivels and rotates 180 degrees similar to the Sony NEX F3 that we recently reviewed. Behind the 3.3″ AMOLED screen is a single button that allows you to easily capture you and your friends easily when taking a myspace style self portrait. The large display packs a 800×480 resolution display.
Samsung got the Kinect fever with this little camera, it now features gestures for changing the zoom as well as activating a self timer. Engadget has a short overview of the gesture feature in their hands on here.
Samsung also has low light shot mode as well as HDR+ mode which I’m sure are close to what the Sony point and shoots produce. All this cam seems to be missing is a mode like the Sweep Panorama feature that Sony has. Sigh.
The camera is available in black and white, both will be shipping soon and are available for preorder for $349.
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