Samsung ST500 and ST550 pack front and back LCDs
The perfect companion for lonel y photographers We can’t decide whether Samsung’s designers are geniuses, or if this is a sign that digital cameras have reached a plateau. Samsung has just revealed a new pair of snappers, the ST500 and ST550, which are distinguishable from the many thousands of similar digital compacts, because they carry an LCD on both the front and rear. The idea is that the front LCD will help you setup the shot while you’re in the frame and let you see the end result before the photographer sticks walks away with a sly grin and some priceless Facebook material. Where it’s best though is if you’re taking photos of yourself. Sure, you could entrust it to some kindly stranger and hope he doesn’t pilfer your camera the second your back is turned. Or you could hold your camera at arm’s length and spend the next ten minutes trying to find just the right wrist angle where half of your face isn’t obscuring the idyllic scenery. Instead, the front screen lets you see exactly what you’re taking, so you can line your obstructive face up perfectly. Samsung even incorporates another neat innovation to make this easier – smile detection, which will take the shot as soon as you flash a cheeky grin. Samsung isn’t making these cameras all gimmick though – the 12.1 meagapixel sensor is
nothing to gripe about; nor is the Schneider KREUZNACH lens with 4.6x optical zoom. The ST550 also comes with a 3.5” touchscreen rear display, with haptic feedback, gesture controls and the highest resolution you’ll find on any camera of its size. On top of that, both come with dual image stabilisation and HD movie recording. The only other difference between the two models is that the ST550 comes with an HDMI connector. We don’t yet know the prices of these two beauties but we’ll be finding out when they launch later this month. The ST500 will be available in silver, red and blue, while the ST550will come in black, gold, orange and purple.