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Unique Cameras of 2009 There are two types of digital camera in this world: the one you want and the one you end up buying. Either way, that camera is typically fully focused on capturing pictures and/or video. In 2009 we saw a third category emerge: The camera that defies design conventions, does more than just shoot pictures, or has a gimmick or a one-of-a-kind feature. How about a camera that instantly prints your snapshots? What about one that will project your images and video onto a nearby wall? Or one that browses the Web?
In some cases, like with the dual-display Samsung DualView TL225, getting innovative in the design department only increases the value of an already-great camera. And on the flip side, merely adding a unique feature like the projector in the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj doesn't make up for an otherwise overpriced, underperforming product.
If you're tired of your boring old point and shoot, check out our reviews of the year's most interesting cameras, or compare the specs for all seven models .
Samsung DualView TL225
$349.99 list Top-notch images along with a unique front-facing LCD for self-portraits, and a big, highresolution touch-screen make Samsung's DualView TL225 a true winner.
It's not easy for a camera manufacturer to come up with that one killer feature that will set its shooter apart from the crowded pack. Samsung has done just that with by adding an LCD to the front of the 12.2-megapixel Samsung DualView TL225 ($349.99 list). Acting as a forward-facing viewfinder, the second display gives you an easy way to capture self-portraits. An innovative idea, but you can't help but wonder if this camera is a one-trick pony. Thankfully, it's notâ€”the combination of an excellent user interface, a high-resolution 3.5-inch, touch-screen LCD, and stellar image quality help make the TL225 our latest Editors' Choice point-and-shoot camera.
Measuring 2.4 by 3.9 by .73 (HWD), the TL225's thin body is a sleek black with a ring of color (purple, orange, red or blue), and doesn't include many physical controls. Along the top of the camera, you'll find the shutter release, a Power button, a Play button, and a Zoom slider. With its $299.95 (list) Coolpix S60, Nikon made the mistake of omitting physical Zoom controls, instead putting the Zoom slider on the touch screen, which makes zooming much more difficult when you're framing shots. With a focal length of 27-124.2mm (35mm equivalent) and maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.9, the TL225 offers an impressive 4.6x zoom range. The 27mm wide-angle lens is a nice addition; you can fit more into the frame without having to further distance yourself from your subject.