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Samsung fills holes in its pocket camera lineup

Two 12-megapixel cameras with 5x optical zooms join the company's SL series of point-and-shoots.


While we've yet to get our hands on any of the Samsung cameras announced in the first half of 2009, the company announced the expansion of its SL series of point-and-shoots, Tuesday. Joining the line in August are the SL720 and SL502, each featuring 12-megapixel resolutions and 5x optical zooms.

To stay competitive, the SL720 is spilling over with the latest camera feature trends: 28mm wide-angle lens, 3-inch LCD, automatic scene recognition, dual image stabilization, face recognition (it can be programmed to recognize and prioritize faces), H.264 720p HD movie capture with optical zoom, and smile and blink detection.

The SL502 is a pared-down version of the SL720, using a more standard 35mm lens, 2.7-inch LCD, VGA Motion JPEG movie capture, and digital image stabilization. It does however get the scene and face recognition and smile and blink detection.

Both are reasonably priced with the SL720 getting a street price of $229.99 and the SL502 going for just $149.99.