CES 2009: Samsung intros new YouTube-friendly camcorder, plus an ergonomic high def one

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Samsung is just one of several companies showing off its latest range of camcorders, with a model to suit most consumer needs, from YouTube enthusiasts to budding high definition filmmaker. We’ve already seen the H Series of HD handhelds, but Samsung is also catering for those who haven’t jumped on to the high definition bandwagon yet, but are most definitely riding along on the YouTube train.

The SMX-F34 camcorder can’t boast the same filming resolution as the H Series – we’re talking strictly standard definition (up to 720 x 480) here — but it does have a ridiculously large 34x optical zoom range that can be boosted to 42x with the Intelli-Zoom function.

It also offers a decent Schneider Optics lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen, image stabilisation, face detection for up to five people, 3D noise reduction, 16GB of internal flash memory plus external memory cards, swivel grip, three hours of battery life, and the all important web and mobile recording modes for sharing your close-up monstrosities with the world.

The H.264 compression means you’ll squeeze around eight hours of footage into that 16GB memory. It can also take 800×600 still photos; not a great resolution but OK for those basic snaps.

samsung-hmx-r10-high-definition-ergonomic-camcorder.jpgSamsung has also shown off the HMX-R10 high definition camcorder with a new ergonomic design. With the lens angled at 45 degrees it’s supposed to make holding and using the camcorder more comfortable.

Other features include 12 megapixel images, 5x optical zoom, full HD resolution, CMOS imaging sensor, Schneider Optics, image stabilisation and HDMI output.

All of these camcorders will be available in the UK from March, pricing to be confirmed.

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Andy Merrett