CES New: Samsung SC-HMX20C camcorder, video in a flash


Pretty soon, we’re all going to have flash drives implanted in our brains at birth, I’m convinced of it. Until then, you’ll have to make do with all the new tech gadgets that are using it.

Samsung’s new SC-HMX20C is a progressive HD flash-based camcorder with a 1080p mode that has 30 frames-per-second recording capability, and 8GB of built-in flash memory. That should be fine for most users, unless you consider every jumping jack your kid performs a moment for the archives. If so, you also have the option of recording onto SDHC/MMC+ cards.

The flash memory is an advantage in several areas -- it allows for quicker start-up, better battery life, and a more compact design. If you want to use it as a still camera – normally not a great idea with a camcorder -- it can take shots at up to 8 megapixels. A docking station has HDMI input and component connections so you can send movies directly to an HDTV, and if that TV happens to be a Samsung, you can even control the camcorder through the HDTV remote. Nifty, eh.

The SC-HMX20 will be available in May 2008.