Hours after they unleashed new models on Europe, Samsung has officially announced three new 8 megapixel still cameras for the US market--the L83T, L830, and the S85. All three include Samsung's new Successive Recording mode, which lets you pause and then resume while recording video. Most still cameras only let you start and stop while recording video, so you end up with many short clips if you want to stop the action for a short period of time.
The ultracompact L83T sports a 3X optical, 38mm-to-114mm (equivalent) zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD, face detection, 14 scene modes, MPEG-4 video capture at up to 800x592 pixel resolution. The camera boasts sensitivity up to ISO 1,600 and includes what the company calls a Wise Shot mode which captures consecutive shots, one with flash and one with Samsung's Advanced Shake Reduction system (which boosts the ISO to combat shake) and then asks the user which one to keep. It also has a macro mode that focus down to 1 cm away from a subject and has a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000, which can come in handy when shooting so close.
The L830 also includes a 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5-inch LCD but tops out at a shutter speed of 1/1500 second. It has 9 scene modes and can also capture MPEG-4 video at up to 800x592 pixels.
The S85 tops out at 640x480 video, but pairs a 5x optical, 38mm-to-190mm (equivalent) zoom lens with its 2.5-inch LCD. It also includes the Wise Shot, 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, 14 scene modes, and face detection found in the L83T.
The L83T is slated to hit stores in mid August for about $279, while the L830 and S85 will both sell for about $229 and are expected to hit stores in September.