Samsung Brings the Deep Zoom with HZ25W Camera

Samsung HZ25W
Samsung HZ25W

Samsung has introduced its new HZ25W digital point and shoot camera, which combines a 12.5 megapixel resolution with a high-performance Schneider-Kreuznach with a 24× optical zoom for getting those distant shots—and the camera will shoot 720p high-definition video using H.264 compression. The HZ25W also sports both electronic and optical image stabilization, offers full manual controls, and can shoot in RAW (DNG 1.1) or JPEG format—or both.

“Serious shooters will gravitate toward the HZ25W’s aperture and shutter priority modes as well as full manual control and RAW support,” said Samsung Electronics’ senior VP for a/v and digital imaging marketing Reid Sullivan, in a statement. “For the entry-level shooter, Samsung’s Smart Auto takes simplicity to a new level, ensuring a great shot every time without having to be concerned about camera settings.”

The HZ25W sports both an electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch LCD display, and a suit of convenience features designed to simplify photography, including a Smart Auto mode with automatic selection of 11 optimized settings, plus a Perfect Portrait system that includes face detection, smile and blink detection, and a “beauty shot” feature. The face detection system can also store up to 20 preferred faces it can recognize as a priority for exposure and focus. The camera sports high ISO sensitivity (down to ISO 6400). Users can also opt for a full manual shooting mode, including the ability to set while balance. Users can also shoot 720p video, while taking full advantage of the 24× zoom and image stabilization technology.

Samsung says the HZ25W should be on sale in October for a suggested price of $399.99. It’s not the first 24× point-and-shoot camera on the market, but RAW support may make the unit interesting to some photography fans.