updated 07:55 pm EST, Sat February 20, 2010
Samsung TL500 and TL350 bow at PMA
Wrapping up Samsung's PMA news are two new TL series cameras that serve the more demanding photographers that still need point-and-shoots. At the front, the TL500 is targeted at the same pro audience that would opt for Canon's PowerShot S90 and uses a larger 1/1.7-inch, 10-megapixel CCD that focuses on low light over sheer size. Samsung promises that it will produce even more detail in shots through an option for RAW and a 3X (24-72mm equivalent) lens with a very wide f1.8 aperture that can produce SLR-like shallow depth of field.
The compact gives full manual control over the resulting photos and has other high-end features that could be expected of a camera its size, such as optical image stabilization, twin control dials and a 3-inch swiveling AMOLED display.
A camera aimed more at the mainstream, the TL350, has a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor that, while not as large as the TL500's, should still give it good performance in low light and especially high speed. A slow-motion mode lets it shoot as quickly as 1,000FPS (albeit at 136x78), and it can record much more ambitious video at either 1080p30 or 720p60 along with several steps below it in slow motion. The 3-inch AMOLED display is fixed, but it gets a 5X wide-angle (24-120mm) lens.
The two cameras are slated for the spring. Samsung puts the TL500 at $450 and will ask $350 for the TL350.