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First Look: Samsung HZ35W

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First Look: Samsung HZ35W

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Samsung's HZ35W is pretty much an across-the-board improvement from its predecessor resulting in a GPS-enabled compact megazoom worth considering.

[ Music ] >> Josh Goldman: Hey. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is the Samsung HZ35W. It's a compact megazoom camera, a bit large for its class, but that's because it has a longer, wider lens for its class. It's a 24 millimeter equivalent wide-angle lens with a 15X zoom. It's a large range making it very versatile for capturing distance subjects as well as group portraits or landscapes. The camera also has a high contrast, high resolution active matrix organic light-emitting diode screen, also known as an amoled screen. The three-inch display is better than more traditional LCD's. Very good for both framing shots and playing them back, and while those things are reasons enough to check it out, this model also has built-in GPS receiver for geotagging your photos. And should you choose to do it, you can download maps from Samsung's website, copy them onto your memory card, and then view the photos on a map in your camera or even navigate by them. Using the GPS, and really the camera on the whole, isn't always intuitive, but after some use, you should have no problems dealing with its quirks. As for performance, shooting in auto focus speeds are above average for a compact lens zoom, but not what I consider fast, and its photo quality is generally very good, but there's a noticeable dropoff at ISO400 and above. Basically, like many point and shoots, it's best suited for still subjects in bright lighting conditions, but it is capable of taking some very nice photos. I'm Josh Goldman [music], and that's a look at the Samsung HZ35W. [ Music ]

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