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Samsung CL80

Mark Peters
PMA 2018 Report
Saturday 30th, January 2010
Posted by: Mark Peters

Samsung America unveil the CL80, a stylish 14.2 megapixel digital camera that is fully loaded with an array of impressive features that truly enhance the digital imaging experience for consumers. Highlighted by ergonomic and elegant designs, the new Samsung CL80 is ideal for the consumer on-the-go looking for a digital compact camera that can do it all. The Samsung CL80 adds even more great functionality with the integration of Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen. The Samsung CL80 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2010, in the Samsung booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Samsung CL80

Samsung CL80 digital camera
“Consumers are looking for that great all-in-one camera - a digital camera that takes great pictures, is visually appealing, and provides a wealth of features to ensure a great image or video every time,” said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company. “The Samsung CL80 delivers on that need for consumers to have a camera that does it all, and in the case of the CL80 we’ve taken it even a step further by providing several connectivity options to share those photos and videos on the go.”

Samsung CL80 uses hydro-forming technology
Samsung’s design engineers were able to produce one of the most remarkable camera designs in the industry with the help of hydro-forming technology. Hydro-forming allows for greater flexibility during the design process and gives manufacturers the ability to produce smoother silhouettes, seamless bonding, and higher quality surfaces. The Samsung CL80 is the first consumer electronic products ever to be manufactured using hydro-forming technology.

Samsung CL80 digital camera lens
Despite the svelte 0.77-inch stainless-steel frame, the Samsung CL80 houses an impressive Schneider Kreuznach lens which boasts a design inspired by the mirror-writings of Leonardo da Vinci. When powered up, the cameras’ lens barrels extend and the lens specifications, including focal length and speed, appear with a hidden color accent in the concave reflective ring that surrounds the lens. These specifications are inscribed in reverse on the cameras’ lens barrels and disappear when the lens naturally retracts into the camera body. The distinctive design makes an immediate and lasting impression.

Samsung CL80

Share pictures with the Samsung CL80
The Samsung CL80 allows consumers to share their video and photos on the go without being tethered to their laptops or home PCs thanks to its wireless connectivity options, which include Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and DLNA. Using an available Wi-Fi connection, users can send a digital image to any email address using the camera’s touch screen QWERTY keypad or selecting those stored the camera’s address book. Users can also utilize the QWERTY keypad to include text within the body of the email. The Wi Fi connection also allows users to upload their images directly to popular websites such as Facebook, Picasa and YouTube.

Samsung CL80 offers Bluetooth connectivity
The Samsung CL80 also includes Samsung’s AllShare feature, which allows consumers to share content, including photos and videos, with other DLNA certified devices such as HDTVs and digital photo frames. This gives the Samsung CL80 user a seamless way to wirelessly transfer 720p HD video in addition to digital still images. To maximize speed and efficiency, all images transferred through Wi-Fi will be reduced to a resolution of two mega-pixels. Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity is also included in the CL80, allowing users to share and transfer photos directly with Bluetooth 2.0 compatible mobile phones. When using Bluetooth 2.0, the CL80 will automatically resize the digital image to a resolution of 1024x768 (1MB).

Samsung CL80

Samsung CL80 digital camera design
The Samsung CL80 is also highlighted by a slanted design, which places the back of the camera at a seven degree angle. This subtle design accent proves to be extremely useful for consumers who are interested in taking self-portraits and group shots. The issue that many consumers face when taking self-portraits or group shots with traditional digital cameras is that the camera must be positioned much higher than the subjects in order to capture the complete image. Thanks to the seven degree angling of the Samsung CL80, the lens will always be pointed at the subjects’ faces even if the camera is positioned at a lower angle. Furthermore, unlike traditional shutter buttons which sit flat on top of the camera, the CL80 offers a slanted shutter button which makes the digital camera more comfortable to hold and operate.

Samsung CL80 features a 7x optical zoom
The Samsung CL80 offers a powerful 7x optical zoom on the high-performance, oversized Schneider Kreuznach lens. To help reduce blur, this impressive lens is paired with Samsung’s Dual Image Stabilization technology, which combines both optical and digital stabilizers to counteract the negative effects of a user’s shaky hand. End-users can also take advantage of the cameras’ 7x optical zoom and optical image stabilization while recording video. The Samsung CL80 offers 720p HD video recording at 30 frames-per-second in H.264 format. The camera also comes complete with built-in HDMI connectivity, giving users the ability to effortlessly view their HD video and digital still images on an HDTV or HD monitor.

Samsung CL80

Samsung CL80 includes the Smart Gesture UI
The Samsung CL80 incorporates an impressive 3.7-inch wide WVGA AMOLED screen. The massive display houses Samsung’s Smart Gesture touch screen user interface which is complimented by an internal Gravity sensor for added ease of use. Smart Gesture is one of the most advanced and accurate touch-screen user interfaces on the market, and it gives users the ability to access and use key features with either a simple tilt or a hand gesture. The Smart Gesture adds a level of fun to the way users interact with and enjoy their content, allowing them to quickly scroll through their photos with a swipe of their finger or by slightly tilting the camera in either direction. Users can also easily delete photos from their library using Smart Gesture by marking an “X” on the screen with their finger, or rotate an image by drawing a circle (O) on the screen. Smart Gesture UI also offers useful auto-focusing options such as object tracking and one-touch auto focusing. Object tracking enables users to focus on any area by touching the location on the screen with their fingertip. Once the object or location is selected, the camera will lock and keep their focus on the subject even if it’s moving within the frame. Users can also proceed to take that photo by continuing to hold the location with their finger for two seconds, thanks to the cameras’ one-touch auto focusing capabilities.

Samsung CL80 includes Smart Auto technology
The new Samsung CL80 also makes it easier than ever for consumers to capture the perfect shot thanks to Samsung’s Smart Auto 2.0 (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology. Smart Auto 2.0 technology will automatically recognize the user’s current shooting environment and select the appropriate settings to achieve the best results possible. Additionally, Samsung’s Smart Auto 2.0 scene recognition technology can also be used to record video, producing the highest quality footage and results no matter where consumers will be using the camera.

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