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Samsung WiFi camera leaked

Samsung WiFi camera leaked

Samsung's latest compact camera - leaked ahead of an official announcement at CES in January - brings WiFi support.

Details have leaked of a new Samsung compact digital camera due for official launch at CES 2010, and it's packed with cool features.

The CL80 appears, at first glance, to be nothing more than a traditional - if pretty high specification - compact digital camera, with 7x optical zoom, 14 megapixel CCD sensor, and hardware image stabilisation to keep the images crisp and smart.

The screen adorning the rear is pretty crisp, too: the specifications promise a 3.7" AMOLED touchscreen with haptic feedback, although this rear-filling display comes at the cost of a viewfinder.

With support for ISO sensitivity of up to 4,800 - or 6,400 if you don't mind dropping the sensor down to 3 megapixels - the camera is said to be capable of recording H.264 video at up to 720p, and come with an HDMI port for wowing the family with your holiday snaps on your big screen without needing a computer.

Indeed, it's this ethos - the ability to enjoy all the functions offered by a digital camera without ever needing to hook it up to a computer - that has driven the CL80's most impressive feature: integrated 802.11g wireless connectivity. According to Electronista, which quotes a thread on the DPReview website quoting a hastily removed page on the Samsung website, the CL80 is due to introduce the ability to upload to sites including Flickr, Photobox, Picasa, and Facebook directly from the camera - providing you're within range of a wireless access point, of course.

While wireless cards have existed as add-ons for cameras for a while - the most famous of which is the Eye-Fi SD card - this marks one of the first digital cameras to include the technology on-board. Sadly for those hoping to use the technology for easy sharing of New Year's party photos, Samsung is tight-lipped as to the release date and expected pricing.

Does the idea of a point-and-shoot camera with integral wireless seem like the logical next step, or should Samsung just integrated a smartphone in there and be done with it? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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B1GBUD 31st December 2009, 12:47 Quote
I'll take an SLR over this any day.
bowman 31st December 2009, 13:12 Quote
Yeah, because pocket sized cameras compete with SLRs. -_-
robyholmes 31st December 2009, 14:01 Quote
I can see this working, but isn't there a simpler close range solution like blue-tooth that is smaller more compact, less power hungry than wifi? So you put it on your desk near PC and it pop's up as a removable storage device?
13eightyfour 31st December 2009, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by robyholmes
I can see this working, but isn't there a simpler close range solution like blue-tooth that is smaller more compact, less power hungry than wifi? So you put it on your desk near PC and it pop's up as a removable storage device?

Then you'd need a computer, which is what samsung dont want. They're aiming for the camera to be able to do everything on its own without the need for a PC i think.
Yemerich 31st December 2009, 16:55 Quote
This reminds me of the old POTM here in BT. Good old days before Dennis bought BT
Jipa 31st December 2009, 17:53 Quote
Wifi point-and-shoot cameras - because 14 Mpix unedited, rubbish photos are just the thing internet needs more of!

Really, just don't. In professional cameras wifi would be a nice addition as you could get the preview on the screen over a high speed connection, but on compact cameras it's just another gimmick to get the attention of silly customers.
docodine 31st December 2009, 21:50 Quote
Don't be a snob, for most people avoiding the dreaded step of downloading your photos to a PC would be a godsend, who cares about photo quality on facebook anyway.
rickysio 1st January 2010, 14:15 Quote
AMOLED + Camera + Outdoors (and Sun) = Relationship set up for epic fail.
supermonkey 2nd January 2010, 04:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
Wifi point-and-shoot cameras - because 14 Mpix unedited, rubbish photos are just the thing internet needs more of!

Really, just don't. In professional cameras wifi would be a nice addition as you could get the preview on the screen over a high speed connection, but on compact cameras it's just another gimmick to get the attention of silly customers.
True, it is annoying when I have to wait for some gigantic photo to download, but I can certainly see this as a proof of concept. Smart phones have been doing this for a while, but there are still enough people who like the higher quality of a dedicated camera.

I know that Photobucket will automatically re-size images that exceed a given threshold, and I imagine other sites do so as well. Even with the additional compression, the resulting image still can be better than what you get with a camera phone. In time, I can imagine the camera's "upload to the web" feature utilizing the same technology: when you post an image to the web the camera uploads a JPG at some predetermined size, but it keeps the full-res file on the memory card for archiving later.

With the whole "cloud computing" thing, there's always the idea of a camera automatically uploading files to a dedicated server - no more worrying about filling up a memory card! Think about it: a correspondent in the middle of a protest, instantly transmitting images to a photo editor back at the paper. Take it a step further: A media outlet can set up a dedicated server, then tell people that they can send their photos to that address. Suddenly, every person in the rally is a photojournalist.

The technology has to start somewhere. I think it's a cool feature.
Jipa 2nd January 2010, 09:50 Quote
Also the availability of free WIFI hot spots remains a draw of luck.. Maybe I just don't live in a large enough city or people here are just too aware of making their personal WIFIs safe. Tech demo, sure, but still of limited use to the large public and not suited for professionals.
Valdisnei 2nd January 2010, 15:05 Quote
Lack of GPS for geotagging... And a lower noise CCD/CMOS... 14MP@ISO3200 = FUU!
[PUNK] crompers 2nd January 2010, 17:00 Quote
man can you imagine some of the druken pics that will be uploaded with this thing? its bad enough when you have to get home and upload them with a hangover, the ability to just send them from the camera is genuinely scary
TWeaK 3rd January 2010, 19:55 Quote
So what next? A 50 Megapixel camera with wifi, bluetooth and phone capabilities?

I think it's a nice idea, but in practice a bit of a gimmick. As other people have said, most people won't really be able to use it and a professional would probably have a laptop hooked up to a proper camera anyway.
frojoe 4th January 2010, 02:48 Quote
I like the idea of boosting the sensitivity by lowering the resolution. I'd take better low light performance over more megapixels on my dslr any day.
rickysio 4th January 2010, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
So what next? A 50 Megapixel camera with wifi, bluetooth and phone capabilities?

I think it's a nice idea, but in practice a bit of a gimmick. As other people have said, most people won't really be able to use it and a professional would probably have a laptop hooked up to a proper camera anyway.

Shh, that's probably what Samsung will do with a Pixon50.
veato 17th February 2010, 11:11 Quote
Erm... WiFi onboard isnt anything new. I had a Nikon CoolPix P1 years ago that had built in WiFi. Granted it couldnt upload to the t'internet but it did connect wirelessly to the PC for tranferring images on the fly, etc.
ernestBurney 17th February 2010, 15:10 Quote
They need to develop in some other direction, this just isnt hot sauce.
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