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Samsung HZ15W

Samsung HZ15W

Samsung HZ15W

Samsung HZ15W

Samsung HZ10W

Samsung HZ10W

Samsung HZ10W

Samsung HZ10W

Samsung TL320

Samsung TL320

Samsung TL320

Samsung TL100

Samsung TL100

Pocketable megazooms are very popular this year. Samsung has two in its spring 2009 lineup: the HZ15W and HZ10W. The major specifications separating the two are megapixels and LCD size. The 15W is a 12.2-megapixel model with a 3-inch display, the 10W is a 10.2-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch LCD. Both have 24mm wide-angle lenses with 10x zooms.
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  • • 12.0 megapixels
  • • 24mm wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom
  • • 3-inch LCD (230K dots)
  • • Dual image stabilization
  • • 720p HD video with HDMI
  • connectivity
  • • Manual mode (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure controls)
  • • March 2009 at an MSRP of $329.99
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Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Sarah Tew/CNET
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Sarah Tew/CNET

The 10-megapixel HZ10W from Samsung looks wonderful on paper. A compact camera with a 10x megazoom wide-angle 24mm Schneider lens and a whole mess of features.

You get 720p HD video capture at 30fps using H.264 for good-quality compression and the zoom works while shooting. The video mode also lets you pause and resume capture so you don't end up with a bunch of small files.

There's optical image stabilization, too, so your photos aren't a blurry mess when that lens is extended. And for those that like a lot of control, you'll be able to adjust the HZ10W's settings manually for things like shutter speed, aperture, exposure, and focus. I also wouldn't doubt the inclusion of multiple settings for color, sharpness, and contrast.

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Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Sarah Tew/CNET
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Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Sarah Tew/CNET
  • • 12.2 megapixels
  • • 24mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom
  • • 3-inch hVGA AMOLED (460K dots) with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1
  • • Dual image stabilization
  • • 720p HD video with HDMI connectivity via optional dock
  • • Dual analog gauges for memory and battery (like last year's TL9)
  • • Aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual modes
  • • Advanced Picture Mode for adjusting the color temperature from 2,800-10,000K or manual control of color space shift
  • • May 2009 at an MSRP of $379.99
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Yes, the dual analog gauges--one for battery life, the other for remaining storage--are a novelty, but they're definitely cool looking.
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If you're into screens, the AMOLED one on the TL320 is pretty sweet.
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The TL100 is a 12-megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom.
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The TL100 is very small measuring just 3.7 inches wide by 2.2 inches high by 0.6 inch deep.
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Like any decent point-and-shoot camera in its class, the TL100 has a largish LCD at 2.7 inches. It also has the shooting options currently in vogue: face, smile, and blink detection, auto scene recognition, and full-resolution ISO settings up to 1600.
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