Samsung has unveiled the WB650 and WB660 digital compact cameras, which offer 15x optical zoom.

The 12Mp digital compact cameras feature the same wide-angle 24mm Schneider lenses as their predecessors, the WB550 and WB500, but improve upon the 10x optical zoom.

Measuring 107x61x28mm, both cameras have dual-image stabilisation. This uses both optical and digital stabilisers to create clear blur-free shots.

The WB600 comes with a 3in LCD display while the WB650 benefits from a 3in AMOLED display, which Samsung says "offers improved battery life, a higher contrast ratio, more vibrant colours, and the ability to display images that can be reviewed at any angle while fully maintaining the same colour resolution".

The WB650 also features built-in GPS technology, which ensures images can be geo-tagged with the location they were taken in.

As well as taking still images, the WB600 and WB650 are capable of capturing HD video at a resolution of 1080x720 and 30 frames per second.

The cameras also offer the ability to use the Smart Auto Mode, which automatically adjusts the cameras settings to suit the surroundings in a bid to capture the best shot possible, when capturing video as well as images.

Finally, a HDMI port allows users to view their still images and video on a HD display.

The WB600 is priced at £249.99 while the WB650 costs £299.99. Both cameras will be available from March.

The Samsung WB600


The Samsung WB650

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See also: Samsung WB5000 digital camera