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Samsung Unveils First Camcorders With Solid-State Drives

The camcorders feature a 2.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, a 10x optical zoom, and a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens.

Samsung HD Camcorders With Solid-State Drive

Samsung HD Camcorders With Solid-State Drive
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Samsung on Wednesday introduced five high-definition camcorders, three of them the company claims are the first to use internal solid-state drives.

The camcorders, introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, include the HMX-H106, HMX-H105, and HMX-H104, which have storage capacities of 64 GB, 32 GB, and 16 GB, respectively. In terms of recording times, the largest drive holds 12 hours of high-definition video, the middle drive six hours, and the smallest device three hours.

Samsung said its SSDs offer several advantages over hard-disk drives, which are typically used in camcorders with capacities of 32 GB and 64 GB. SSD are lighter, smaller and have no moving parts, which makes them quieter and more reliable, the company said.

In addition, the SSDs use one-eighth of the power of a compatible HDD and are more resistant to shock and vibrations, Samsung said. They also have faster read/write speeds and boot up quicker.

Each of the camcorders features a 2.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, a 10x optical zoom, and a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens. The products also include image stabilization technology to help counteract shaky video and blurring. The devices also can take 4.7-megapixel digital still photos.

Samsung introduced two HD camcorders that require the use of separate memory cards, the HMX-H100 and the HMX-R10. The latter device can also take 9 megapixel still photos and has a 5x optical zoom and a swiveling 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD.

In addition, Samsung unveiled its second-generation compact camcorder that can record in the format and resolution required by YouTube, resulting in faster upload times to the online video network. The SMX-F34 differs from the previous generation in that it can also take digital still photos. The new product has 16-GB of flash memory for storing up to eight hours of standard-definition video.

Prices for the new products weren't disclosed. The HMX-H106 is scheduled to be available in April, the HMX-H105, -H104 and -H100 in March; the HMX-R10 in the summer and the SMX-F34 in the spring.

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