Samsung S700 and S1000 Digital Cameras

Samsung has announced the launch of two new "S" Series models within its Premium line of Samsung Digimax digital still cameras. The seven mega-pixel S700 and the ten mega-pixel S1000 are full featured models with a 2.4-inch LCD and a 3x optical zoom in both still and movie modes.

The S1000 supports MPEG-4 while the S700 supports MJPEG video recording. The S1000 can record more than one-hour of VGA (640×480) video at 30 fps when using a 256 MB memory card. For steady recording, the built-in movie stabilization will automatically detect and correct lateral and vertical camera movement caused by the shooter's unsteady hand.

These models also feature movie clip editing functions. For example, "S" series owners can select and save a portion of a movie clip during playback and/or select part of a movie clip to be saved as a still image. All of this can be done right on the camera, without the aid of a computer or third party editing software. Also included is Samsung's unique successive video function that allows shooters to pause and resume video recording at any time and merge multiple video files into one single file.

These models feature seven scene modes including: Landscape, Close-Up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks and Beach & Snow. The "S" series models also feature a Special Effects Hot Key, putting several special effects at the user's fingertips. These effects include: Color Effect, offering a variety of colors, including B/W, sepia, blue, red, green or Negative depending on your photographic settings; Highlight, which keeps the subject in sharp focus while putting the rest of the image into soft focus; Photo Frame, allowing the shooter to choose from nine different types of photo frames to shoot their subjects in; and Composite Shot that allows the user to take two-to-four, and save them into a single file.

All Samsung digital still cameras feature a built-in image editing function allowing users to edit a variety of images without the use of a PC. The Trimming function can be used to cut an undesired part of an image and save only the required part. When short of memory, shooters can use the Resizing function to recover some of the memory space, by resizing and saving images in a smaller size. The Rotating function allows users to rotate an image in the desired direction and save it.

Available in August, 2006, the S700 will have an MSRP of $249.99 and the S1000 will have an MSRP of $349.99.