Samsung Flips out the Full HD HMX-U10 pocket camcorder


Pocket camcorders are all the rage and the best way to blow away the market leader, Flip, is by introducing a 1080p version of what they do so well. The Samsung HMX-U10 is a Full HD shooting, 10-megapixel stills capturing, 2-inch LCD sporting chunk of loveliness.

It measures a very comparable 56mm x 103mm x 15.5mm and weighs in at the all important sub-100g category – 95g to be exact. There’s no mention of a zoom, so, presumably, you’re getting a tiny bit of the digital variety at best but at least they’ve stuck in a decent 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor.

It appears to have a much more adult design than the competition but no sign of the nice, neat flip out USB-type feature and I’ve a feeling you’ll have to stick with cables on this one. It’s out from September and will doubtless go down a storm.

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Sony Handycam TG7VE – world's smallest HD camcorder with GPS


Pocket-sized, full HD camcorders are all the rage this year. Sanyo unleashed a world of Xactis, Toshiba came out with the £99 Camileo P10 and today it’s the turn of the Sony Handycam TG7VE.

The claim to fame for this 230g pistol grip shooter is that it’s the smallest full HD camcorder that comes with GPS. Yes, you can shoot your 2.3-megapixel video onto 16GB of internal memory for around six hours and then watch it all back on the 2.7″ LCD complete with map and pinpoint graphics showing exactly where it is you saw that you saw you mate accidentally fall into that vomit spattered shopping trolley.

In true Sony style, the TG7VE takes light through a Carl Zeiss lens onto a 1/5″ Exmor CMOS sensor and puts the lot together with a Bionz processor. It shoots stills at 4-megapixels, gives you up to 10x optical zoom and features all sorts of face-tracking and smile shot functionality which will even work in video capture mode.

No word on the price just yet but it’ll be out in May along with a 32GB additional memory card plus a wide-angle cap too. Sounds like a good ‘un so long as they can keep the price and battery consumption low.

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