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Samsung MV800 takes DualView down to one LCD

Who needs two screens when one on a hinge will do just fine?

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Flip-out and/or rotating screens are not new to digital cameras. However, they have disappeared from compacts for the most part, so for Samsung to slap one on an ultracompact point-and-shoot is a bit different. Of course, it would be more impressive if Casio hadn't done it with the Tryx earlier this year, but that's not important right now.

What's important is that for the MV800, Samsung took a 3-inch touch-screen LCD and put it on a hinge so that you can be in front of the camera for a self-portrait or have it above or below eye-line and still get your shot.

Aside from the large, flip-up screen, the camera packs a 5x f3.3-5.9 26-130mm lens (35mm equivalent) and a 16-megapixel CCD sensor. As for shooting options, it's pretty much all automatic, but Samsung has loaded it up with extras like 14 artistic filters such as Vignette, Miniature, Sketch, Water paint, Oil paint, and Fish Eye that can be applied before or after you shoot.

The camera can also capture panoramas, 3D photos for viewing on 3D TVs, and 720p HD-resolution movie clips. Samsung also includes some other creative effects, including one called Picture-in-Picture that lets you clip a picture of one thing and stick it in another photo. (Oddly, this is also an old Casio feature called Dynamic Photo.)

Look for the MV800 to show up in stores in time for the holidays.