Samsung Goes Long and Wide with High End Point-and-Shoot

Samsung's new 10.2 MP HZ10W has some features you might not expect: an ultrawide Schneider lens and a whopping 10x optical zoom. It's a point-and-shoot that's managed to learn a few high-end tricks.

The HZ10W features an "ultra-wide angle" 24mm Schneider lens and a 10x optical zoom with telephoto capabilities up to 240mm, which according to Samsung is equivalent to a 35mm film camera. All we'll say is that fancy-pants lens will let you fit more into the shot, and capture items way further away with greater clarity. It'll also capture 720p video at 30fps, and compress it if desired to H.264 to save some space. It's definitely an advance in its category, especially as it'll come in at a very reasonable $300. It should be released sometime this month. [Samsung]