While Samsung’s cameras aren’t exactly the most popular choice among photo enthusiasts (at least not the same way they like Leicas or Panasonic’s Lumix LX series), they’re certainly up there in terms of unique form factors. Case in point: we don’t think anyone else is banking on the front-facing screen concept Samsung used on the DualView. At least not when you can fix a screen on a swivel so you don’t have to pay for two displays, like what they did here: Samsung has just introduced the MV900F, a compact point-and-shoot that features a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen that flips up 180 degrees for self-portraits.
Unique as it looks, this isn’t the first time Samsung used this form factor. The MV900F is the successor the MV800 released last year, but with a few notable additions. First off, the cam now features a new Gesture Shot feature, which uses motion-sensing tech. With this mode, users can stand back while controlling the camera’s zoom and shutter using hand gestures. Self-snappers will also find the new Beauty Palette feature useful; it’s a mode that offers a number of options for cleaning up your subject’s flaws in-cam.
Wi-fi connectivity is also a new addition over its predecessor. Like most of Samsung’s newer cameras, the wireless connectivity lets users transfer captured photos and videos to other devices or straight to social networks (Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket and YouTube) )without needing to go through a computer.
Most of the spec looks similar to the MV800 though, featuring a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens upgraded with brighter F2.5-F6.3 optics. This cam also features 1080p HD video recording at 30fps.
Priced at $350, the MV900F will be available in white, black, red and pink colors when it starts shipping in August.