Pre-PMA 2009: Samsung has released the SL202 (PL50 in Europe) and SL620 (PL65 in Europe) digital compact cameras. The 10 megapixel SL202 and 12 megapixel SL620 include features such as Smart Auto mode, Face Detection, Blink Detection, Smart Album and a new Frame Guide feature that takes a template shot of your desired photograph and displays it as a guide to shoot the same frame again with different subjects. The SL620 also features Dual Image Stabilization and will be available from March 2009 in black, pink, silver and dark gray and the SL202 in Candy Pink, Black and Silver.

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Samsung Launches the PL50 and PL65 - two sleek, must-have compact cameras

February 17, 2009 - Samsung, leaders in innovation and digital imaging, today announced the release of the 10 megapixel PL50 and 12 megapixel PL65; two cameras perfect for photography enthusiasts and those looking for clever technology to help capture and enjoy all their memories and experiences.

Smart Auto (Scene Recognition)
Both cameras feature Samsung's new "Smart Auto” (Scene Recognition) technology which has 11 optimized picture pre-settings such as Portrait, Night portrait, Macro, Macro Colour etc - helping people take the perfect shot regardless of the conditions.  You can also use these settings when sorting through your photos - making it quick and easy to find all the portraits, outdoor or macro shots you've taken.

Smart Album
The cameras also feature Samsung’s new unique ‘Smart Album’ Digital Contents Management system; a program within the camera that significantly reduces the time it takes to find your favourite photos – so it’s quicker and easier to store and manage your photo collection. The clever navigation program automatically organizes photos based on the date they were taken, their contents, colour, or themes – so you’ll never have an excuse for losing a photo again.

Face Detection
The new range; “Face Detection” locates the subject’s face within the frame and automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and image quality for portraits; in “Blink Detection Mode” the camera will take a series of shots when closed eyes are detected so friends and family are always captured with their eyes open; in “Smile Mode” a picture is automatically taken when smiles are detected and, in "Beauty Shot" mode, facial skin is retouched for a brighter and smoother skin tone.  Samsung’s Self Portrait is also included within the PL50 and PL65 – a beep sounds when faces are positioned centrally so you don’t have to be behind the camera to take the perfect shot.

The PL50 showcases Samsung’s latest Digital Image Stabilisation technology to prevent blurring from handshake when shooting without flash in low light conditions.  The PL65 features Samsung’s Dual Image Stabilization technology – it combines Digital and Optical image stabilisation to ensure outstanding photos without handshake blur, even in low light conditions.  Couple these image stabilisation technologies with a highly sensitive ISO 3200 setting that offers a faster response to light, and you can capture great low light shots without needing any flash.

Frame Guide
The PL50 and PL65 both feature Samsung’s new Frame guide feature which means you no longer need to rely on the technological capabilities of strangers for perfect holiday snaps.   When you use the setting, the camera takes a ghost picture of your desired shot and displays a template when you pass the camera over to someone else - ensuring they take the picture you want them to take.

The PL50 will retail at £119 and is available in four stunning colours – Candy Pink, Black and Silver. The PL65 will retail at £179 and comes in Black, Pink, Silver and Dark Grey. Both will be available from March 2009 from leading high street and online retailers.

Samsung SL620 specifications


• 1/2.33 " CCD
• 12.2 million effective pixels
• 12.4 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 4000×3000
• 3984×2656
• 3968×2232
• 3264×2448
• 2592×1944
• 2048×1536
• 1024×768

Movie clips • 640x480 (30fps & 15fps)
• 320x240 (60fps, 30fps & 15fps)
File formats • Still Image : JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
• Movie Clip : AVI (MJPEG) Audio : WAV

• 35-175mm equiv.
• f = 6.3 ~ 31.5mm
• F3.5(W) - F5.5(T)

Image stabilization Dual (OIS + DIS)
Digital zoom Approx. 5x

TTL Auto Focus

AF area modes

• Cente
• Multi
• Face Detection
• Object Tracking

Focus distance • Normal : 80cm - infinity
• Macro :10cm - 80cm (Wide), 50cm - 80cm (Tele)
• Auto Macro : 10cm - Infinity (Wide), 50cm - Infinity (Tele)
ISO sensitivity

• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200 (Up to 3M)

Metering • Multi
• Spot
• Center-weighted
• Face Detection
Exposure modes Programmed AE
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Shuttter speed Auto :1 sec to 1/2000 sec
All other modes : 16 sec to 1/2000 sec
Shooting modes

• Mode: Smart, Auto, Program, Dual IS, Scene, Beauty Shot, Movie, Photo Help Guide
• Scene : Night Scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Frame Guide
• Smart Auto : Macro, Macro Text, Macro Color, White, Landscape, Action, Tripod, Night, Night Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Portrait

White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent_H
• Fluorescent_L
• Tungsten
• Custom
Self timer 2 sec., 10 sec., Double(10 sec., 2 sec.), Motion Timer
Continuous shooting Modes • Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture

• Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye fix
• Range : Wide : 0.2m - 4.6m, Tele : 0.5m - 2.6m (ISO AUTO)

LCD monitor

• 3.0 inch TFT LCD
• approx. 230,000 pixels

Digital input/output

• USB 2.0 High Speed

Video output AV : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
Storage • Internal memory (Approx. 40 MB)
Power • Rechargeable SLB-10A Li-ion battery
Weight (no batt) TBC
Dimensions 94 (W) x 59 (H) x 24 (D) mm

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