If you've ever tried snapping a photo of you and a friend, you know how tough it is to get good results. The DualView gives you a live, front-facing preview.
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Think all digital cameras are created equal? Think again: the Samsung DualView TL220 has two, two, two LCDs instead of just one.
Specifically, the camera has a second, front-facing screen so you can easily snap self-portraits. (It's also great for snapping shots of you and any celebrity you're able to cajole in front of the lens).
These are "preowned" units, meaning they were opened and then returned to Best Buy (Cowboom's parent company). So they aren't, by definition, refurbished, but they have been inspected to "ensure basic functionality." Cowboom offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, and you can tack on a one-year warranty for $8.99.
(It seems to me these should still carry some kind of manufacturer's warranty, but the Cowboom rep I chatted with couldn't confirm this.)
The TL220 is a 12-megapixel camera with a 3-inch touch-screen LCD at the rear and a 1.5-incher in the front. To activate the latter, you simply tap it with a finger.
I haven't tried this particular model, so I'll hand you over to CNET's review for all the pros and cons. (FYI, that review covers the slightly higher-end TL225, which is identical in terms of optics and image quality.)
CNET rated the DualView four stars out of five, as did Cowboom customers (on average). Bottom line: most folks really like this camera. If you like to spend as much time in front of the lens as you do behind it, you'll definitely want to check out the TL220.
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