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New Samsung digital camera has screen in front for self-portraits

August 13, 2009 |  2:54 pm

Who needs friends to help take pictures when you have the new DualView camera? Credit: Samsung.

Think of it as the digital camera for the lonely.

Samsung today debuted a camera with a view screen on the front as well as on the back. And why would people want this DualView camera, as Samsung calls it?

To take pictures of themselves.

"The growing popularity of social networking sites has given rise to the self-portrait," Samsung said in its news release, "with many consumers turning their digital cameras on themselves."

Many of us who have used social networking or dating sites can relate, holding a camera at arms length in front of ourselves while snapping a picture. The results are seldom pretty, but usually better than camera shots taken in mirrors, complete with flash that makes it look like the person was caught in an inadvertent pyrotechnics display.

The DualView is supposed to eliminate those hassles, but at a price. The basic model will carry a suggested retail price tag of $300 when it goes on sale next month. An enhanced model, with larger back display will be $350.  

-- David Colker