Samsung's PL90 Budget Camera Forgoes Cables With Inbuilt USB Connector

Cameras with inbuilt USB connectors are becoming increasingly more common, as manufacturers wake up and realize what the eff they were thinking. The PL90 is one of those fine contraptions, and with a pretty low price, too.

Samsung's cameras aren't up to the standards of Panasonic's or Canon's, but at $150 it's a nice entry-cam. It's got a 12.2MP image sensor, with 4x optical zoom and a 2.7" LCD screen.

Capable of shooting video at 640 x 480 resolution and 15fps, it's got the usual face detection and red-eye fix, along with Objective tracking AF.

On sale in September, it'll cost £130 in the UK, and $150 in the US.

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London, UK – August 4, 2010 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the 12.2 mega-pixel PL90 digital camera featuring a built-in USB connector enabling consumers to capture images and connect to a computer on the move without the need for additional wires or cords.

The PL90's integrated USB connector allows content to be shared with friends and family quickly and easily, with the camera's plug and play capabilities, including the Auto-install intelli-studio software, and instant access to any computer via the USB. In addition, users will never have to worry about running out of power with the PL90, as the USB connector also allows consumers to charge the battery without a separate power cord.

"We want consumers to enjoy the entire photographic experience through the PL90, with the ability to capture, connect, and share pictures instantly and even charge on the move," said Steve Mitchell, General Manager, Samsung Digital Imaging. "In this fast-paced world, we understand that our customers need to have these capabilities at their fingertips, and the PL90 puts this power in their hands. The PL90 is further evidence of the continued innovation behind Samsung cameras."

Smart Features

The PL90 features Samsung's new Smart Auto (Still&Movie) technology which enables consumers to capture the perfect picture in virtually any conditions. The intelligent Smart Auto function automatically adjusts the camera's mode to instantly match the shooting environment. Whether the shot is being taken during the day or at night, in portrait or landscape, simply activating the capture button will ensure a beautiful and perfectly tailored image.

The innovative PL90 also features Samsung's Perfect Portrait System which includes several modes to help users take better photos. With the Self Portrait function, users can step out from the behind the camera and know they will be in focus because the camera tracks the subject's face and alerts the user with an audible noise when the subject is in frame. The Face Detection feature automatically detects and recognizes up to twelve different faces simultaneously, ensuring that the faces will be in clear focus, even when the subjects are part of a group photograph. The innovative Beauty Shot function allows users to adjust brightness and face tone, while also reducing flaws on all faces in a photo. The PL90 also incorporates Smile and Blink Detection features which automatically snaps a photo when the subjects are smiling and intelligently detects if the subject's eyes were closed in the shot.

In addition, the PL90 features the intelligent and advanced Smart Album feature. Smart Album enables users to quickly locate pictures without trawling through every individual photograph by automatically managing content on the camera so users can search for images based on the date, time or even colour.