Samsung's S-Series camcorders might just be the dandiest of the week: Besides built-in Wi-Fi with DLNA connectivity and touchscreens, Samsung's promising digital zoom that doesn't suck and a new video processor with crazy low-light performance.
The S16's got 64GB of internal storage plus SD card; the S15's got 32GB plus SD; and the S10 is straight up SD. Also, the S10's lacking Wi-Fi. No price but they're shipping later this year.
The less-good H series still rolls with the touchscreens and promises similar low-light excellence, but sans Wi-Fi.
SAMSUNG ADDS WI-FI CONNECTIVITY TO S-SERIES CAMCORDERS
New S-Series Camcorders are the World's First to Offer Built-In Wi-Fi and DLNA Connectivity
Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2010) – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and awardwinning innovator in consumer electronics, today introduced its new S-Series of fullHD digital camcorders, the world's first to include built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA connectivity. Comprising three new models, the HMX-S10, HMX-S15 and HMX-S16, the new SSeries are also the highest performing full-HD camcorders in Samsung's history. All three new camcorders incorporate Samsung's proprietary new Victoria Engine processor and a cutting-edge 1/2.3inch BSI (Back Side Illumination) CMOS imaging sensor which combine to yield outstanding image quality and low-light performance. The HMX-S10, HMX-S15 and HMX-S16 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2010, in the Samsung booth #11026 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"The ability to effortlessly share memories and content with others is becoming more important for consumers," said Mr. SangRyong Kim, Senior Vice President of Camcorder Team, Samsung Electronics. "Now, for the very first time consumers can record and immediately share content with others without having to worry about fumbling for wires or cables with Samsung's new S-Series camcorders. From the point of capture to display, the S-Series camcorders take the video recording experience to a whole new level."
Wi-Fi & DLNA Connectivity
The new Samsung HMX-S15 and HMX-S16 are the world's first to offer both built-in WiFi and DLNA connectivity. The HMX-S15 and HMX-S16 feature Samsung AllShare, which allows consumers to easily access, manage and share content including their full-HD videos across other DLNA certified devices. With the integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, consumers can now forego having to connect any cables to enjoy their HD video or digital still images in amazing clarity on their HDTV or computer. Consumers can also take advantage of built-in HDMI connectivity to view their content on devices that may not be DLNA certified simply by connecting to the source via an HDMI cable.
Powerful Schneider Optics and 3.5-inch Touch-Screen LCDs
Samsung's S-Series incorporate world renowned Schneider optics. Each S-Series camcorder boasts a powerful Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan-HD lens with Samsung's 18x IntelliZoom. Significantly more reliable than a standard digital zoom which negatively affects the quality of the image, Samsung's new Intelli-Zoom allows users to go beyond the camcorders' 15x optical zooms without sacrificing image quality. The S-Series' Kreuznach Varioplan-HD lenses are also paired with Optical Stabilization to help reduce image blur and shaky video, which can be especially helpful when using the camcorders' full optical zooms. The Samsung SSeries camcorders also enhance the user experience with large 3.5-inch wide touch-screen LCDs which house a 3D graphic user interface (GUI). The ultra-bright, swiveling, WVGA LCDs and GUI not only offer fascinating visual effects but grant users uncomplicated, intuitive and easy access to all of the camcorders' advanced functions.
Innovative New Video Processor and CMOS Sensor
Samsung's full-HD S-Series camcorders are highlighted by a revolutionary new BSI CMOS imaging sensor designed to absorb more light than other conventional sensors and deliver unprecedented low-light performance. The new BSI CMOS sensor is further enhanced by Samsung's proprietary new Victoria Engine video processor designed specifically to optimize performance of HD camcorders. Samsung's new Victoria Engine video processor offers a 3D noise reduction filter that efficiently suppresses noise while preserving details and edges resulting in crisp video and still image quality. The Victoria Engine also expands the range of color expression and improves video quality with the help of other video processing modules such as contrast, white tone and color tone enhancement. Amazingly, despite all of its advanced features, the Victoria Engine draws a minimal amount of power thanks to 45 nano chip fabrication technology, drastically extending the camcorders' battery life to more than two hours.
Samsung's SSD Technology
Samsung's S-Series camcorders utilize internal Solid State Drives (SSD), which offer a substantial advantage over Hard Disk Drives (HDD) in digital camcorders. First introduced in Samsung's full-HD H-Series camcorders, SSD technology provides consumers with better performance and greater durability than other forms of internal memory. In comparison to HDD, Samsung's SSD technology is more lightweight and compact, operates silently with very low heat emission, and features no moving parts, which significantly reduces overall power consumption and enhances reliability. The absence of moving parts makes SSD technology more durable and resistant to shock and vibrations, which pose a considerable threat to the performance of HDDbased digital camcorders. Additionally, Samsung's SSD technology is faster than HDD, including quicker boot-up and read/write speeds which is required for the amount of data recorded in fullHD resolution. Samsung's HMX-S16 offers an internal 64GB SSD while the HMXS15 offers an internal 32GB SSD. Both camcorders also allow consumers to expand memory capacity using an SD/SDHC memory card. The HMXS10 does not feature internal SSD memory and requires the use of a SD/SDHC memory card.
The S-Series camcorders offer a variety of unique features such as a flash to help capture 10 mega-pixel digital still images, storyboard printing and the ability to shoot in superslow motion with speeds of 300 fps at a resolution of 368x208 and 600 fps at a resolution of 192x112. The SSeries camcorders also are equipped with high-definition time lapse recording, which gives consumers the ability to truly experiment with their creativity. When shooting in the time lapse recording mode, the camcorder will record a single image at an interval pre-selected by the user, either one, three, five, 10, 15, or 30 seconds, and will save each image as one single movie file.
SAMSUNG INTRODUCES FOUR NEW H-SERIES FULL-HD CAMCORDERS
New H-Series Camcorders Deliver Advanced Features and Competitive Pricing
Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2010) – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and awardwinning innovator in consumer electronics, today introduced four new full-HD digital camcorders, the HMX-H200, HMX-203, HMX-H204 and HMX-H205. Each of these new camcorders boasts an impressive list of advanced features, offering unparalleled value to consumers looking to experience high-quality, full-HD video recording at a competitive price. The HMX-H200, HMX-203, HMX-H204 and HMX-H205 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2010, in the Samsung booth #11026 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"Consumers want the ability to capture family events – birthday parties, football games, graduations, and more – with the utmost detail and clarity, but full-HD video recording has come at a price premium in the past," said Mr. SangRyong Kim, Senior Vice President of Camcorder Team, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung's H-Series camcorders give consumers the ability to capture life in full-HD with a wealth of functionality, features, and performance, all at an affordable price."
All four new H-Series camcorders feature Samsung's revolutionary new BSI CMOS imaging sensor. Designed to absorb more light than other conventional sensors and deliver unprecedented low-light performance, the BSI CMOS sensor sets new standards for performance and image quality, particularly among entry-level camcorders.
Solid State Drives
Samsung's new H-Series camcorders offer high-performance internal memory that utilizes Samsung's Solid State Drives (SSD), which offer a substantial advantage over the use of Hard Disk Drives (HDD) in a digital camcorder. SSD technology provides consumers with higher performing and more durable internal memory. In comparison to HDD, Samsung's SSD technology is more lightweight and compact, operates silently with very low heat emission, and features no moving parts, which significantly reduces overall power consumption and enhances reliability. The lower power consumption of the H-Series' SSD technology translates into an impressive battery life of approximately two hours.
No moving parts also make SSD technology more durable and resistant to shock and vibrations, which pose a considerable threat to the performance of HDD based digital camcorders. Additionally, Samsung's SSD technology is faster than HDD, including quicker bootup and read/write speeds which are required for the amount of data recorded in full-HD resolution. The internal SSD configurations available on Samsung's new H-Series full-HD camcorders include a 32GB SSD in the HMX-H205, a 16GB SSD in the HMX-H204, and an 8GB SSD in the HMX-H203. Each camcorder's memory capacity can also be expanded using an SD/SDHC memory card. The HMXH200 does not feature internal SSD memory and requires the use of a SD/SDHC memory card.
Powerful Optics and Touch-Screen LCD
Samsung's new H-Series full-HD camcorders feature an impressive 37mm wideangle lens, which offers consumers a versatile 20x optical zoom. Unlike other camcorders offering a typical angle of view of 40~50mm, the H-Series' 37mm wide-angle Samsung lens allows users to fit more of their desired scene into the frame, making the camcorder ideal for recording large groups of family or friends, breathtaking landscapes or even capturing all the action at sporting events.
The H-Series' lenses are further enhanced with Optical Image Stabilization to help reduce image blur and shaky video, which can be especially helpful when using the camcorders' full optical zooms. Samsung's Smart Optical Image Stabilization is superior to image stabilizing technologies found in other camcorders, as it reduces shake and blur across a wider portion of the image frame and produces higher quality images as a result. A 2.7-inch wide, swiveling, touch-screen LCD boasts a 230K-pixel resolution and adds to the user experience by giving consumers uncomplicated and easy access to all of the camcorders' various controls and settings.
The new HMX-H205, HMX-H204, HMX-H203 and HMX-H200 are also loaded with a range of unique features such as the ability to capture high-quality 4.7 mega-pixel digital still images, Smart Auto mode, which automatically selects the appropriate scene mode which will produce the best results possible for the user's shooting scenario, as well as time lapse recording, an innovative setting which will give end-users the ability to take their creativity to a whole new level. When using the camcorders' time lapse mode, consumers can program the new H-Series camcorders to record a single image at intervals of one, three or five seconds, and then save each image as one single movie file (720p resolution).