CNET First Look
Samsung TL225The Samsung TL225's novel vibrating touch screen and front LCD are a lot more useful than you'd think.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi, I'm Lori Grunin, Senior Editor with CNET and this is a preview of the Samsung TL225. Well, it has all the typical features that we're seeing in compact cameras these days, 12 megapixel resolution, wide angle 4.6X zoom lens, mechanical image stabilization and so on. This camera adds a few twists to your typical ultra compact. First, it has a touch screen, once again nothing new. But, Samsung introduced a vibrating haptic feedback to it, so when you press on things, the screen vibrates. The LCD's also big. It's three and a half inches and it's one of the new high resolution displays that we've started to see, 1.1 megapixels. Another novel new feature, I don't know whether you consider it gimmicky or not, is an LCD on the front of the camera. Now the idea of something like that isn't new. If you remember back a long time ago in the digital camera world, they used to put mirrors on the front of cameras so that when you were taking a self portrait, you had that visual feedback. There was a mirror on the camera. I don't know if it's gimmicky or not, I really haven't decided, but I'm intrigued by it, in part because they can run little animations on it, so if you're photographing a child, the child will at least be looking at the camera. They may still be making faces or whatever, but they will be looking at the camera. The other thing is that it incorporates smile shutters, so if you're taking a self portrait, it can wait until it sees you making a relatively normal face and then snap it. Another variant on that is that when you're using the self-0:02:59.0timer, it will show you a count down, so you know exactly when it's going to shoot, plus the self-timer can take two shots. So it'll count down, shoot and then it'll count down again, a shorter count down this time, and shoot again. So it seems like Samsung did put a lot of thought into the implementation of this front LCD to not just make it gimmicky. Finally, Samsung has moved to micro SD as the media format for this camera in order to shave, what, several millimeters off the thickness? This is the size of SD. This is micro SD. This is really not a good format for something that you're going to be taking in and out of a device. It's fine when you stick it in your cell phone and leave it there, but if you're the type of person who likes to take your media in and out of the camera and use a reader, this is going to get lost really easily. However, this seems like a really interesting camera. It'll cost $350 when it ships. And for people who need the latest and greatest gadgets and want something shiny with really, you know, cook stuff to show their friends, this may be the camera that you want to get. On the other hand, we haven't tested it yet, so, who knows what the photos look like? I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Samsung TL225. ^M00:02:59 [ Music ]