Sure, you could wait for Eye-Fi to launch yesterday's announced Direct Mode "connection manager" for smartphones or you go even further by taking a new Samsung SH100 WiFi b/g/n enabled 14 megapixel camera that delivers great shots that you can share over the Internet and social networks. The SH100 is set to be Samsung's leading fully connected compact camera in 2011, which comes with built-in WiFi and allows to automatically back up shots to a PC by only pushing two buttons, or by using DLNA to wirelessly connect to HDTV to see photos and videos right away. Furthermore, the WiFi capability on the SH100 allows users to use a smartphone as a remote control and viewing device for the camera!
For instance, it will be possible to connect the camera to an Android powered Galaxy S, so users can view the shot they are about to take in real time on the phone. It will be even possible to zoom in and out, straight from the phone, to get the best picture, and then pressing the shutter remotely. Users can now have total control of their camera in the palm of their hand, from wherever they are in the shot. Users can even use their phone's GPS to record exactly where they were when they captured their favorite memories.
Furthermore it will be possible to to upload pictures instantly to social networking sites such as Facebook, Picasa or Photo Bucket, or E-Mail them to individual E-Mail addresses straight from the camera. It will be also possible to record HD videos and share them instantly to favorite sites such as YouTube. To make the upload process of large files easier and quicker, the SH100 includes an account with mobile hotspot provider Boingo, giving users access to over 200,000 WiFi hotspots worldwide.
The SH100 uses the built-in WiFi capability to deliver unique new experiences for all camera users. By selecting the PC Auto Back-up function, the camera will automatically find the users PC and upload the latest photos onto it, even if the PC is turned off. This feature is compatible with the Wake-on-LAN (WoL) system which many modern home PCs are already equipped with.
Samsung has also used its strength in the smartphone market to develop a new Smart Access user interface (UI) for all of its new compact cameras. The touch based UI works in the same quick, intuitive way as many smartphones. Advanced functions, such as sharing content wirelessly, can be done simply by a few touches of the buttons on the large, clear 3" LCD screen. The Smart Access UI enables users to drag, click and control "app-style" icons, easily flip through photos, and control a range of the camera's features.
The Samsung SH100 is expected to hit stores in the U.S. for US$ 199.99 anytime March. A worldwide launch wasn't announced but it's most likely that Samsung will launch its new flagship camera in other areas of the world as well.
Cheers ~ Arne