Samsung's WB5000 24x Optical Megazoom Gets Official

The 12.5MP WB5000 combines the compact size of a pocket camera with the larger zooms more common to DSLRs: a 26mm wide-angled lens with 24x optical zoom, in this case. It can also shoot 720p HD video in H.264 format.

There's no HD output, though. On the upside, the WB5000 can handle uncompressed RAW images, in addition to standard JPEG files.

Aside from manual controls, aided modes include optical and digital image stabilisation, smart face recognition, blink detection and automatic adjustments to accommodate the colour, brightness and movement of what you're shooting.

The WB5000 will hit the UK later this month for about £349 (AU$680). We haven't heard about availability elsewhere yet, but we'll let you know when we know more.[Digital Photography Review and Pocket-Lint]

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