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Samsung HZ1 on display at Photokina 2008!

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Published on September 25, 2008

Author: poppin

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we got our first look at Samsung's tentatively named HZ1 concept camera under glass when the show opened this morning, and things are looking good for the manufacturer's most aggressive compact to date
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Photokina 2008: Tuesday Wrap Up BY: David Rasnake, DigitalCameraReview.com Editor PUBLISHED: 9/23/2008 Photokina 2008 officially opened to the public this morning, meaning the world's largest camera spectacle is now underway. In spite of sizable crowds to contend with and dreary weather that threatened rain over the show's outdoor festivities for much of the day, everything seemed to roll along with few hitches on day one. Until today, most exhibitors were still playing new product information close to the vest, but it's a fair bet that most of the major announcements have been put on the table at this point. From here on out, the game is investigation and evaluation. With that in mind, here are a few choice bits to wrap up the day's barrage of news. Samsung HZ1 on display, but still no compact system camera As promised, we got our first look at Samsung's tentatively named HZ1 concept camera under glass when the show opened this morning, and things are looking good for the manufacturer's most aggressive compact to date. Although it hasn't been the most heavily hyped small camera announcement at this year's event, the HZ1 has the potential to be one of the most exciting. The idea of packing a wide-angle 10x zoom lens into a camera this size is impressive from both a technological and a functional standpoint. In terms of handling, the HZ1 will be smaller than the Panasonic TZ5, and significantly smaller than the Canon SX110 IS, if it comes to market in anything near the form exhibited today. Stylistically, the HZ1 takes its cues from Samsung's NV cameras, which is definitely a good thing in our book. Like the NVs, the concept appears to sport a brushed metal case as well, which makes it worth hoping that the final version will feature the excellent fitment and build quality of these cameras as well. Given the HZ1's positioning as a premium product, there's no reason it shouldn't.

Since Samsung is still at the concept phase with this camera, we obviously don't have anything near finalized specs for the HZ1, but it is worth noting that today's prototype had a manual exposure setting lurking on the mode dial. Samsung's manual exposure mode on their compacts haven't always been carefully considered in terms of interface, but the idea of manual control is still a step in the right direction where targeting advanced users is concerned. While we generally liked what we saw from the HZ1, another Samsung product believed to be on the immediate horizon was conspicuously absent from today's proceedings. Earlier in the month, CNET posted some info from an interview in Amateur Photographer magazine that outline Samsung's intent to provide an alternative to the compact interchangeable-lens Micro Four Thirds system, but utilizing an APS-C sized sensor. However, the first day of Photokina has come and gone without an official concept announcement or under-glass prototype of the anticipated system, meaning that unless the Korean electronics giant has something far up their sleeve, we're not likely to have so much as a mock-up to lust after during this show.

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