Samsung Announces 5 Basic Compacts

The ST30, ST6500, ST95, ST90 and ST65 are all set to hit stores by March.

The folks at Samsung have been busy lately, churning out new compacts left and right. At CES a few weeks ago, we had the chance to take a look at the Samsung NX11, SH100 and WB700 (see the gallery HERE). Now Samsung is releasing an additional five compacts. Details on each can be found below.

Samsung ST30:

The ST30 is Samsung’s new “fun-sized” compact that according to the company is no bigger than your average mobile phone (although if it’s the size of a Droid X, that’s pretty big, just saying).

Clearly marketed toward beginners, the ST30 features some very basic functions and not a whole more. Key features include: Smart Auto focus, a 3x optical zoom (28-84mm 35mm equivalent), a 10.1MP CCD sensor and Digital Image Stabilization.

It will be available in March for $99.99.

Samsung ST6500:

Samsung touts its new ST6500 as a fresh take on the classic body design found on most other compacts on the market. The camera has been ergonomically designed to fit in one’s hand more comfortably. Aside from that, this is pretty much your standard compact.

Selling points include a 16MP CCD sensor, a 5x zoom lens (26-130mm 35mm equivalent), 720p HD video capture, and a 3” LCD that features Samsung’s Smart Touch 3.0 interface.

The ST6500 will be available in March for $229.

Samsung ST95 (pictured), St90 and ST65:

Targeted toward the fashion-forward crowd, these cameras feature 720p HD video capture, a Smart Auto function as well as Smart Filters.

The top-of-the line ST95 is the only one of the three that offers Samsung’s Smart Touch 3.0 interface. It also allows users to record in H.264 codec, effectively providing up to 4 times longer video recording time. It features a 16MP CCD sensor and 5x zoom lens (26-130mm 35mm equivalent).

The ST90 offers a 14MP CCD sensor with a similar 5x zoom range as the ST95. The ST65 on the other hand also features a 14MP sensor, but instead offers a 5x zoom range that is 27-135mm 35mm equivlaent.

The ST95, St90 and ST65 will all be available in February for $199.99, $149.99 and $129.99 respectively.

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