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Samsung Electronics Camcorders

America

Debuts

Palm-size

HD

Ridgefield Park, NJ—

Samsung introduced three camcorders designed to make recording and viewing video in high definition easy. HMX-U10. For consumers looking for portability, the pocketable HMX-U10 provides 1,920x1,080 HD video resolution, captures 10 megapixel still images, both viewable on the camcorder’s 2-inch LCD, and enables users to share content online with a one-touch upload button to YouTube. Its frame is accentuated by a wave design that angles the body at 7º, so users can grip the camcorder more comfortably, without stress on the wrist. SMX-K40 and SMX-K45. These K-series camcorders record 720x480 standard-definition video, however, due to Samsung’s upscaling technology and built-in HDMI output, consumers can connect the camcorders to an HDTV with an HDMI cable (sold separately) for near Full HD playback. Both employ a 52x Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens with optical image stabilization and 65x “intelli-zoom.”


Said to be “more reliable than a standard digital zoom which negatively affects the quality of the image,” Samsung’s intelli-zoom extends beyond the 52x optical zoom. The SMX-K40 requires an SD/SDHC card for storage, while the SMX-K45 has an internal 32GB solid state drive (SSD) that provides up to 20 hours and 40 minutes of recording time. Samsung says its SSD “is more energy efficient, produces very low heat emission and is faster and more durable than HDD because there are no moving parts.” The three camcorders share Samsung’s built-in play-edit-sharing program, intelli-studio software, with basic in-camera editing; animated thumbnails to simplify the search for video clips; and a flexible charging system that recharges the battery when the camcorder is connected to the supplied AC adapter or via USB while connected to a computer. Samsung’s HMX-U10 camcorder will be available in September with an estimated selling price of $199.99; the SMX-K40 and SMX-K45 retail for $329.99 and $499.99, respectively. samsung.com


Samsung Electronics America Debuts Palm-size HD Camcorders