About Samsung Cameras

Samsung Digital CamerasA Samsung digital camera is one of the most familiar on today’s digital camera market. Their cameras have a major share of the market, and their move into producing cameras for mobile devices has expanded their reach in the overall consumer electronics field. In general, Samsung products are still an attractive choice for photographers at all levels, from professional to amateur. They produce several lines of cameras for these different sectors of the market, though their major focus has always been on entry-level, basic models.

Their TL ultra-compact series is a thin, stylish alternative to the usual camera design, in durable metal cases. These models typically run from $200 to $300 and features Samsung’s “Smart Auto,” which automatically adjusts camera settings based on current light conditions and distance from the subject. Several models come with large Organic LED screens, an alternative to traditional LCD displays.

Samsung also produces digital SLRs, including the GX series, and a full line of interchangeable lenses. The price tag on these models often ranges from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, and they typically appeal to the professional photographer or serious amateur enthusiast. These models utilize sophisticated digital filters and come with on-board image-processing capabilities.

Their NX series cameras resemble SLR models but use a mirrorless, all-digital mechanism and lots of megapixels. They offer photographers the interchangeable lenses of SLR models but with the ease and convenience of a point-and-shoot, and Samsung markets a full line of lenses specifically for these cameras. Several models come with built-in WiFi. NXs typically carry a price-tag of several hundred to a thousand dollars.

When customers seek out a Samsung Camera, they are often after one of the company’s well-known point-and-shoot models. The HZ “Megapixel” series (usually around $300 or $400) is one of these, giving the user the image-quality of more expensive cameras in a compact body. Several HZ models feature a 10x optical zoom lens but retain a portable design and ease of use.

The SL series is another of Samsung’s offerings in this category. Cameras in the SL series comes with average specs but have a user-friendly design and modest price-tag (around $200). Both the entry-level SL and the somewhat more advanced HZ feature the same “Smart Auto” technology found in the TL series.

Samsung’s latest offering is its Galaxy Camera, which combines a high-end digital camera with optical zoom features with an Android-platform mobile device. The Galaxy camera not only offers instant connectivity but also has built-in editing tools, eliminating the need to download photos to a computer for editing and sharing.

Today, Samsung is one of the world’s major manufacturers of digital cameras and related technology. It began, however, in very different circumstances. Lee Byung-chull founded Samsung in 1938 as a groceries business in the Korean city of Taegu. It grew into an export company involved in sugar refineries and similar ventures and then moved into the growing area of electronics. Over subsequent decades, Samsung evolved into a global company and one of the world’s major players in consumer electronics and related technology. The Samsung digital camera is now highly regarded in the industry, and the company held about 11.8 percent of global market share in 2010, compared with the 17.4 percent of its closest competitor, Sony. As of 2007, Samsung was third in terms of total cameras produced, with 12 million units on the market. Beyond the camera market, Samsung produces a wide range of consumer electronics, including plasma TVs, computer hard disks, MP3 and DVD players, kitchen appliances and more. They also have a large business component which deals in semiconductors, business printers and fax machines, computer storage systems and other high-end industrial products.

Samsung’s initial move into camera production was in the 1990s, for the aerospace industry. Their production switched over primarily to the consumer market shortly thereafter, and now a Samsung digital camera is a common sight to photography enthusiasts everywhere. They have also become one of the major innovators in digital cameras for cell phones, introducing the first compact 7-megapixel phone for mobile devices in 2005.

A Samsung digital camera remains a smart choice for the digital photographer, whether amateur enthusiast or professional. Their market standing in the digital camera domain remains strong, and their competitiveness in the mobile market seems to be on the rise. In particular, those in the market for a full-featured, portable yet affordable digital camera should look closely at Samsung’s current models.

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