Jan. 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM ET
Samsung has come out with a line of five Wi-Fi enabled "Smart" cameras and camcorders that allow for sharing images across multiple platforms, including home computers, smartphones, TVs and tablets.
The company's "Mobile Link" feature gives the cameras the means to connect to other devices, and not just Samsungs as long as the mobile app is available for downloading. Sharing on sites such as Facebook can also happen in an instant (so long as the Wi-Fi works). It comes with an onscreen keyboard so you can write snappy captions to accompany the photos you send to others.
What's also cool with these cameras is the remote viewfinder feature, in which shooters can use a connected smartphone as a kind of remote control thanks to the camera’s Wi-Fi connection.
At the top of the food chain is the 21x zoom WB850F, which Samsung wants you to take on your world travels. The direct upload to Facebook, Picasa or Photobucket will bring others right into your travels, as they happen. The WB850F also incorporates GPS, which allows for downloading maps and finding out local information without having to flip out a phone. It also has a digital compass.
We've already told you about Samsung’s first DualView camera with Wi-Fi, the DV300F. Samsung spokespeople have told us front screen captivates children, holding their attention and making it easier for parents to take pictures of youngsters who are often hard to pin down.
The others in the "Smart" line include the pocket and purse-friendly ST200F; and the WB150F and ST200F travel zoom cameras. These latter cameras are really geared toward getting out and about, sharing the features of the WB850F.
This line of cameras is also tied in bigtime to the Samsung Allshare Play and Microsoft SkyDrive Cloud services, which makes good use of that Wi-Fi feature to upload images and video to a (hopefully) safe place.
TV link also allows users to search for and enjoy the fruits of their snapping labors on a connected TV screen, to better share and see their memories in vivid form.