Samsung announces a wireless compact for CES 2011, the SH100. In addition to Wi-Fi hotspots, the SH100 can connect wirelessly to an Android Galaxy S smartphone to provide a live preview of an image before it has been captured.
Basic camera functions can also be performed using the Galaxy S connected to an SH100. The camera can be zoomed in and out and the shutter can be fired. The smartphone can also be directed to record and tag geo-location information when a shot is taken.
The SH100 also performs the basic Wi-Fi enabled functions that Wi-Fi enabled cameras of the past have offered. Images can be viewed on an HDTV via DLNA connection. You can also upload photos to your PC or a site such as Facebook, Picasa or Photo Bucket. Samsung provides SH100 owners with access to 200,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide.
The SH100 is equipped with a 3.0-inch touch screen which photographers can use to click and drag "app-style" icons. The camera has a 14.2 megapixel sensor, digital-only image stabilization, 720p HD video recording and a 26mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom magnification.
We reviewed the Wi-Fi enabled Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 some time ago, and the Wi-Fi capability left something to be desired. Samsung has introduced several Wi-Fi capable cameras since then. Having a few generations of connected cameras behind it may be a significant advantage to the SH100.
You can also read up on the Galaxy S smartphone at our sister site, Brighthand.
Pricing and availability
The Samsung SH100 will be available in March for $199.99.