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Samsung has unveiled a digital camera that comes with two LCD screens (front and back) to help users take self portraits.

The Samsung ST550 and Samsung ST500 has a 1.5-inch LCD located on the front of the camera, allowing consumers to take rate photos whether they are behind the camera or in front of it.

The Samsung ST550 also features a 3.5-inch Wide Touch Screen Back LCD. At almost four times higher resolution than many comparable cameras, the ST550 also features a 12.2 Megapixel CCD and 27mm Wide Angle lens with 4.6x Optical Zoom.  With vivid viewing capabilities on a 3-inch Wide Touch Screen the Samsung ST500 is a top drawer option in a smaller, more affordable package.

Samsung Digital Imaging’s CEO, Sang Jin Park said, “These cameras are the very first of their kind. Use of digital imaging technologies has evolved and we are offering functionality and capabilities that no other digital camera manufacturer has yet addressed. It has become more common for the photographer to switch roles and become the subject of his or her photo, especially given the rise in popularity of self-portraits or profile pictures for use with today’s popular social networking sites.”

 

“The Dual LCD on the ST550 and ST500 allows consumers to become part of the picture that they simply weren’t before. These cameras will be must-haves for those individuals that use popular social networking websites and for families that want to get everyone, including the photographer, in the picture,” added Park.

The new range also features some new points which are sure to capture the imaginations of camera lovers the world over. Children mode makes the front LCD play a fun animation to capture a child’s attention while taking their photo – ensuring the perfect snap of a little one with a big smile. The Shutter Info feature also helps ensure the subject of a picture smiles at the right moment. The front LCD will display a “smiley face” when the shutter is pushed halfway, signalling the perfect time to smile and get ready for the photo.

The ST550 and ST500 also record HD video in 1280x720p resolution at 30 frames per second in H.264 format – providing twice as much recording capacity as an MPEG4 and four times more than a MJPG. The ST550 also comes equipped with an HDMI connection which means your HD videos can be watched directly on your HD TV or HD Monitor.

The ST550 and ST500 will be available in Australia from September 2009.

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