Samsung DualView TL220 Makes Vanity Shots Easier
One camera company has come to terms with user-vanity, realizing many people take self-portraits rather than capturing memories of their loved ones.
The Samsung DualView TL220 (ST550 in Europe and Asia) has made a camera designed for precisely this purpose by introducing the world’s first digital camera with dual LCDs – a 1.5-inch display in front and a 3.5-inch touchscreen on the rear.
Unboxing the TL220 saw the basic inclusions a digital camera is usually packaged with. Perhaps due to the camera having an internal memory of approximately 55MB, Samsung chose not to include a microSD card.
At first glance, the TL220’s design looks classy and simple, with its mostly-black surface and colored side trimmings (orange, gold or purple). The front side featuring the self-portrait LCD has a glossy texture that easily attracts fingerprints and thumb marks.
Meanwhile, due to the matte-finished rear side being occupied mostly by the touchscreen LCD, it leaves the camera with noticeably very few buttons. Located on top are the power and zoom buttons, alongside a microphone and a miniature zoom lever, as well as a playback button positioned below it on a slightly sloped surface. Considering the simple design, I find the camera quite heavy – perhaps brought about by the hardware that enables touchscreen.
Aside from the fact that TL220 sports two LCDs and 12.2 megapixels for taking pictures, it really is packed with a lot of amazing features that I instantly got hooked into. The 27mm Schneider-KREUZNACH wide angle lens allows up to 4.6x optical zoom, which enables a photographer to shoot images in a wider shooting range from a shorter distance.
The LCD touchscreen shows sharp-colored images brought by the 1,152k high resolution pixels. It has a built-in accelerometer and gesture UI technology that enables you to select options by just tilting the camera or using gestures to control it. It also uses Samsung’s haptic vibration and audio feedback that notifies you if an option has been selected on screen.
The touchscreen might be quite confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will just be a breeze. From my experience, I can say that it is very easy to use and is responsive most of the time.Continued on the next page