Samsung has squeezed in a few more products into 2011 line-up with the announcement of a new range of slightly-upgraded, ultra compact cameras, including the notable star of the bunch: the ST6500.
The cameras are slated for a February and March release in the US and UK, while Australia is still waiting on release details and local pricing.
The new additions to the ST range sit in the $100-$200 price range, while the ST6500 sits at $229 for an ergonomic body upgrade that makes it a more comfortable shooter.
In similar form to the cheaper options in its class, it features a 5x zoom, 26-mm-equivalent wide-angle lens atop a slim 3.2 x 2 x .7 inch casing, backed up with a 3 inch touchscreen.
In other words, you pay an extra $30 on top of the ST95 (also just announced) for all of the same features like 16 megapixel shooting and 720p HD filming but with a case upgrade.
The rest of the range, including the ST30, ST65 and ST90 come with small upgrades on previous ST models, like an improvement on zoom from 3x to 5x. Otherwise, the differences are pretty scarce.
You can find the individual specs for each new camera on the next page.
The ST30 is a 10 megapixel camera with 3x zoom and not a lot more going for it – the baby of the group at a current pricing of US$100.
The ST65 is one step up with 14 megapixels plus 5x zoom, 720p HD film capture and built-in editing and sharing software for Windows. This one goes for US$130.
The ST90 is almost identical to the ST65, with slight upgrades to its ‘Smart Auto’ function that allows users to pick preset settings for different types of photos like portraits or landscapes. Add an extra US$20 to the price tag for the ST90.
The ST95 retails at US$200, stocking 16 megapixels in front of a 3-inch touchscreen with all the bells and whistles of the other cameras thrown in.
The ST6500 takes the core of this camera and covers it with a newly designed ergonomic case that is meant to make the camera fit comfortably in the hand and improve shooting.