Samsung to ship sub-$400 compact camera with GPS

Samsung to ship sub-$400 compact camera with GPS
Last week Samsung announced a new range of compact digital cameras and among them the CL65 ($399) – also called ST1000 in Europe (€399) - embedding a GPS receiver as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 and a 12.2 mega-pixels sensor.

Commenting on the launch of the full range of new products which also includes dual screen cameras, Jin Park, Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Digital Imaging Co. Ltd stated: “[This] product launch is an important milestone for Samsung, reinforcing our position as a leading innovator in the digital camera market and setting a new benchmark for digital camera technology. It is our goal to continue to lead the evolution of the industry while delivering a first-class consumer experience through ease-of-use and the design of our ‘Smart Cameras’.“

In addition to integrating location data in the EXIF file of each picture for later review on maps found on web services such as Picasa or Flickr, the CL65 will display the name of the city on the camera’s LCD screen, providing users with a display of the location where they’re taking a photo, as well as a handy reference for when they are reviewing images on the camera’s LCD screen.

Samsung did not reveal which GPS semiconductor is used in that camera, although the ability to display the name of the city on the camera screen eliminates the post processing technology from Geotate (u-blox) from the list of the usual suspects.

With this product Samsung is introducing GPS technology for the first time in a compact camera. Until now GPS receivers were essentially embedded in higher end D-SLR devices such as the Ricoh 500SE or the Nikon Coolpix P6000. Slowly but surely GPS is coming to the digital camera space, a market that churns over 100 million pieces a year.

Tuesday, August 18th 2009

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