Samsung's twin LCD displays, first seen on the cameras, including the 12.4-megapixel PL150. In addition to a front- and rear-mounted display, the PL150 offers a 5x wide-angle zoom, which makes the £150 asking price seem more than reasonable.and , have made their way to the company's top point-and-shoot
At first glance, you might wonder whether there actually is a front-mounted screen. It only comes to life when you press a button on the top of the camera. Otherwise, it's completely invisible, disguised by the PL150's transparent wrap-around front panel and an all-black surround.
The display quickly proves itself useful for self-portraits, group shots and filming sessions in which you want to speak directly to the camera. All of these things become so much easier when you can see what the camera sees. There's also a 'children' mode that plays an animation of a clown, complete with attention-grabbing sound effects, to distract hyperactive infants for long enough for you to grab a picture.
That's not all the P150 can do. It has an unusually versatile 5x 27-135mm equivalent zoom, optical image stabilisation, automatic scene detection and smart face recognition, which can automatically register the faces you shoot most often and give them priority. Plus it has a blink-detection mode that takes three shots rather than one if the camera thinks your subject's blinked.
The front LCD display comes in useful again in self-timer mode, displaying a visual countdown. There's also a 'jump timer' mode that tells you when to jump for the camera. Okay, maybe there was too much Asti Spumante flowing in Samsung's design department that afternoon, but there's no shortage of ideas here.