Dennis Hissink : July 16th 2008 - 09:00 CET
Samsung TL34HD camera : Samsung introduced the new TL34HD, a powerful, sleek and compact digital camera featuring high-definition video capability. The Samsung TL34HD (in Europe known as NV100HD) boasts an impressive resolution of 14.7 megapixels and renowned Schneider lens yielding a 28mm wide-angle focal length with 3.6x optical zoom. The most advanced point and-shoot digital camera in Samsung’s history, the Samsung TL34HD builds upon the success of its predecessor, the NV24HD, taking many of the camera’s advanced features to a whole new level. Featuring an all-metal build, the Samsung TL34HD is pocket-sized with dimensions of 3.68” x 2.34” x 0.80”. The Samsung TL34HD will be available in September 2008 at an MSRP of $329.95.|
Samsung TL34HD camera with touch screen
Available in all-black or silver with a red accent adding to the camera’s elegance, the Samsung TL34HD takes camera design to a new level. Although compact, a large 3 inch touch-screen hVGA LCD dominates the back of the camera and is sure to turn heads no matter where the TL34HD may be used. “The Samsung TL34HD is truly a remarkable digital camera,” said Tony Sorice, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Digital Imaging, at Samsung Electronics America. “From its physical features and design, to the revolutionary technology embedded within, consumers will be impressed by how the TL34HD can enhance their own individual digital imaging experience.”
High definition recording with the Samsung TL34HD
The new Samsung TL34HD gives shooters the ability to record video in 720p high-definition resolution, at a maximum frame rate of 30fps. Shooters can also take advantage of a movie stabilizer and optical zoom while recording video, as well as Samsung’s Successive Recording mode, which allows the user to pause and then resume filming without having to save the clips as individual files. Additionally, the Samsung TL34HD utilizes H.264 compression, a codec for high-definition video that has become an industry standard and which yields three times the recording length than of MPEG4.
Samsung TL34HD with HD video and HDMI cradle
To enjoy the TL34HD’s high-definition video on an HDTV television, consumers simply dock the camera into a proprietary Samsung HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) cradle (sold separately). For added versatility, when the HDMI CEC cradle is connected to a high-definition Samsung digital television, end users can navigate the Samsung TL34HD’s menu using their TV’s remote control. The HDMI CEC cradle also gives shooters the ability to display their images in high-definition clarity, further enhancing the digital imaging experience. The Samsung TL34HD is also DLNA Compatible allowing users to maximize the way they view and share their digital content over their wireless home network.
Samsung Smart Touch 2.0 user interface
The Samsung TL34 HD also pioneers Samsung’s next generation Smart Touch 2.0 user interface. With the Smart Touch 2.0 interface found on the Samsung TL34HD, Samsung further simplifies the way users navigate through the camera’s comprehensive feature set by incorporating touch-screen LCD technology. The Smart Touch interface has now been re engineered to be selectable options within the Samsung TL34HD’s large three-inch touch screen hVGA LCD. Not only does this enhance the experience for the shooter and the operation of the Smart Touch interface, but it also provides for a much sleeker and attractive design.
Samsung TL34HD equipped with hVGA LCD display
Besides serving as the portal to access the Smart Touch 2.0 user interface, the TL34HD’s three-inch hVGA LCD screen can be used to compose one’s shots and review images in stunning resolution with 460K pixels. To help cut down on glare and enhance viewing outdoors and in direct sunlight, Samsung has also designed the TL34HD’s hVGA LCD screen with a drastically improved anti-reflection coating.
Wide-angle Schneider lens incorporated in Samsung TL34HD
Adding to the camera’s already impressive feature set, Samsung gives shooters the ability to capture more of a desired scene and fit it into the frame by including a high-quality 28mm wide-angle Schneider lens. Unlike a standard 35mm lens which is commonly found on compact digital cameras, the Samsung TL34HD’s 28mm wide-angle lens gives consumers the ability to expand their creativity and take even more moving and emotional images. Ideal for a variety of scenarios, users can easily leverage the increased viewing angle of the TL34HD’s wide-angle lens, especially when shooting landscapes or groups of family or friends.
Samsung TL34HD with Dual Image Stabilization
Users can also utilize the 3.6x optical zoom for close up shots and the camera’s Dual Image Stabilization to reduce blur. Dual Image Stabilization combines both Samsung’s improved Optical Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization which work simultaneously to provide blur-free images no matter how shaky the user’s hand may be. Along with the camera’s new DRIM Engine image processor, which yields outstanding image quality, enhanced sensitivity with the ability to shoot at ISO 4800 (at three mega-pixels), and blazing speed, the Samsung TL34HD redefines the advanced digital point-and-shoot category.
Samsung Digital Contents Management program
The new TL34HD also features an embedded contents management program called Digital Contents Management (DCM). DCM is a useful tool that significantly reduces the time to find a photo. The program automatically organizes photos based on the date that they were taken, their contents, color, and themes. Users can search through their images by month or by using a timeline. Based upon the theme of the image they’re looking for, users can also search by whether it’s a portrait, couple, or group photo and can even search for those images that are either city or landscape shots. Additionally, the DCM program also automatically sorts images based upon color tones as well as whether it’s a photo, video, or voice/memo note.
Samsung TL34HD equipped with automatic controls
Shooters can also benefit from a comprehensive suite of automatic controls designed to help them capture better images, specifically portraits and group shots of family and friends. The Samsung TL34HD’s Face Detection technology makes taking pictures of family and friends a snap, as it detects up to nine faces and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality. Furthermore, Smile Shot automatically triggers the Samsung TL34HD to take a photo only when the camera detects smiles on the subjects’ faces, and Blink Detection will prevent a photo from being taken if the camera recognizes that a subject’s eyes are closed - a useful feature as it’s often difficult to distinguish closed eyes when composing a shot on an LCD screen. The Samsung TL34HD also offers 13 scene modes to choose from, allowing shooters the ability to effortlessly adjust the camera and capture the best image possible in any setting.
Recycle bin feature on the Samsung TL34HD digital camera
The TL34HD also puts an end to inadvertently lost images with a new feature called the Recycle Bin - a unique functionality that allows consumers to retrieve images which were deleted by mistake. When the Recycle Bin function is in use, the Samsung TL34HD automatically creates a “trash” folder on the memory card which stores any image deleted from the camera. This special feature allows users to shoot, delete and restore images without the fear that they will be lost forever.