Samsung births another Wi-Fi-enabled digicam

The Samsung ST80 camera is designed to simplify photo sharing by leveraging an available Wi-Fi Internet connection.

Click for a larger view of the Samsung ST80. Samsung

Samsung announced Wednesday the ST80, a 14-megapixel ultracompact digital camera with a 3x optical zoom, a 3-inch touch-screen LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi. The ST80 joins the company's other Wi-Fi-enabled camera, the CL80 , on my list of "I'll believes it when I sees it" Wi-Fi-enabled cameras.

The camera comes equipped with an account for mobile hot-spot provider Boingo, for access to more than 120,000 Wi-Fi hot spots around the world. It can also connect to DLNA-supported electronics (Digital Living Network Alliance) for sharing photos and video wirelessly between devices.

We've yet to see a Wi-Fi-enabled camera perform well, so I'm not exactly pumped to see another enter the market. But, seeing as how the CL80 announced at CES 2010 hasn't appeared yet, and the previous Wi-Fi model, the CL65 , was quickly dismissed from Samsung's lineup, maybe I shouldn't be concerned that it'll ever arrive in stores.

You can start looking for it in September 2010 at an MSRP of $249.99.

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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