If you are looking to buy a new camcorder any time soon, it might be worth holding out until the summer. That’s because June should be seeing the release of Samsung’s new HMX-S16 Wi-Fi camcorder. Tech Digest got to have a quick hands-on with the gear last night, and came away suitably impressed.
The HMX-S16 is packed full of features. Recording in full HD resolution at 30fps and featuring a CMOS sensor, it packs in an 18x optical zoom with an optical image stabiliser to keep recordings blur-free. We gave recordings a good wobble in our brief test, and playback was nice and clear.
The 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen was responsive and bright, and the UI, while streamlined enough for a casual user to get stuck in straight away, had enough depth of options to keep the amateur enthusiast happy.
A HDMI-out port allows for HDTV output, while a DLNA certified Wi-Fi connection will let users upload videos and stills straight to your home network or Samsung-branded internet TV.
It may feel at times a little chunky in the hand, but when you consider everything going on inside of this camcorder, it’s of a reasonable size.
We’ll have more on the camcorder come its speculative summer release window.