Following up last month's wealth of compact camera announcements, Samsung has unveiled the 24x optical zoom HZ25W, a megazoom model slated for October release.

The 12.5-megapixel HZ25W offers a 26mm wide-angle lens (up to 624mm in 35mm film equivalent on the telephoto end) bolstered by dual optical/digital image stabilization, 720p high-definition video shooting using the H.264 codec, a 3-inch-diagonal LCD, and ISO levels up to 6400 at a reduced resolution.

On the beginner-friendly side of the feature set, the HZ25W will have a Smart Auto mode, as well as a smile-triggered shutter, face detection, and the ability to tag and register subjects' faces within the camera.

On the advanced side of the feature spectrum, the HZ25W will have the ability to shoot photos in RAW format (DNG 1.1 files), a full manual shooting mode in addition to aperture priority and shutter priority modes, and customizable white balance settings.