Samsung DualView TL220 lets you look twice

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Samsung DualView TL220

I rarely get this excited about tech gear, but this morning at a Samsung press preview, I didn't want to let go of the new DualView TL220 ($300).

Due out next month, the 12.2-megapixel "smart" camera has two LCDs: a 3-inch touch-screen on the back and a 1.5-inch front display.

The front screen lets you take better self-portraits while on vacation or when updating your Facebook profile. (Oh, the vanity!) When you turn on the self-timer, the screen goes black and bright blue numbers count down "3, 2, 1." Now if you want to get in the shot, you don't have to run back and forth. Plus, none of your friends can claim they weren't ready.

To make kids look at the camera, the child mode on the front screen shows an animated clown cartoon. (For kids who are afraid of clowns, Samsung will have other downloadable videos to swap out.)

Also new is the TL225 ($350), with a larger 3.5-inch LCD screen. As with the TL220, the touch-screen technology means you can delete pictures simply by drawing an X with your finger. Both versions record HD video, and have a 27mm wide-angle lens and a 4.6x zoom. Ships to major retailers the first week of September, but Sears.com is taking pre-orders.

Personally, the last time I was this thrilled about a camera was when Nikon streamlined its swivel-lens technology on the Coolpix back in 2002.

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