New Samsung PL200 combats cameraphones with 7X stabilized lens, 720p for $180
All apologies, we are running late today, but hopefully we will catch up by the end of the day. We start with a new camera from Samsung, the PL200! It has a 7X optical zoom lens with optical stabilization, and a 31-217mm eq range. It also has a 3-inch LCD, 720p video, and a reasonable starting price of $180. The sensor is the 14mp 1/2.3", as if the average consumer needs 14mp coming out of a tiny little sensor thang. But I digress. It is expected to come out in September in a crowded field of compacts.
As we mentioned before, the camera manufacturers are adapting their strategies to combat actual and potential lost sales to cameraphones - cameraphones can't have big zoom-ratio lenses (at least not yet), so the typical 3X lenses we used to see in P&S digital cameras are getting shifted to 5X, 7X, 8X or even 10X blade-zooms!