Although CES has not traditionally been the site for camera releases, because of the promise at PMA in 6 weeks time, some companies are launching new photography products now.

Samsung has unveiled a total of seven cameras, four of which belong to the new S-range, which resembles the NV range in styling.

The flagship is the S1050, a 10MP camera with a 5x optical zoom lens. Although it looks very similar to an NV, it lacks the special touch-sensitive navigation buttons of that series.

Intelligent Face Recognition Technology ensures that you get the best exposure for whatever people you have in the frame, while an ISO of up to 1600 means you can shoot in low-light conditions without flash.

Other features include shutter speeds of up to 1/2000sec, a bright 3-inch LCD, full manual controls, 45MB of internal memory and a slot for SD cards, 11 scene modes, colour effects, and movie mode.

The little sibling to the S1050 is the S850, which only features 8MP, a 2.5-inch LCD, and 20MB of internal memory, but is otherwise much the same.

And finally for this range are the 6MP S630 and the 7MP S730. All four will be available in the Spring.