Samsung has announced two new digital cameras for this spring, the L74 Wide and the NV11. Their names are mundane, but they sport some interesting features.
The Samsung L74 Wide is a 7-megapixel digital camera with a lens that fits its name. It has a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a zoom factor of 3.6x for getting both wide and close-up shots. It was built with the traveler in mind, offering a Tour Guide feature that provides information about 4,500 regions in 30 countries. Also notable is its 450MB of internal memory, the most we've seen on a consumer camera and enough to capture a few hundred full-resolution pictures without a memory card. The L74 Wide also has a 3-inch LCD touch screen for shot framing and setting navigation. Finally, the L74 Wide includes a face-recognizing autofocus and autoexposure system. We're not huge fans of touch screens on cameras, but the other features certainly sound impressive. The Samsung L74 Wide ships this spring with a suggested retail price of $350.
The 10-megapixel Samsung NV11 doesn't have the unique features of the L74 Wide, but its more powerful zoom and much higher resolution makes it appealing to enthusiastic shutterbugs. The NV11 has a 5x optical zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD built into its stainless-steel body. The camera can hit up to ISO 1600 sensitivity and, like the L74 Wide, it features a face-recognizing autofocus and autoexposure system. The Samsung NV11 ships this May and will retail for about $400.