Samsung took that low-slung HMX-R10 camcorder design we admired at CES and gussied it up. Now it's sporting attractive highlights which Samsung calls Touch of Color, carrying on the idea started with Samsung's appealingly red-streaked TVs. Besides that red glow, you can also choose a blue tint, and both look unlike any other camcorder on the market.
Both these SMX models have strangely appealing shapes, situated in a lens-down angle so you don't have to bend your wrist to shoot. We've tried the design, and it's more comfortable to use than other camcorders.
The difference between the two models is the C10 uses external SD and SDHC flash cards for storage, while the C14 packs 16GB of internal flash storage. While we query Samsung about pricing and resolution (we'll update this post when we get that info), we can tell you that both are shipping in July. Click on Continue Reading for the full press release.
UPDATE: Samsung tells us this shooter is standard-def only, not HD. Here are the numbers — read 'em and weep along with us, while we hope this rich-looking touch-of-color design will soon trickle up to 1080p-ness:
Normal mode: 720x480/60i
Web mode: 640x480/30p
Digital still photos: 800x600, but increased to 1600x1200 by interpolation.
SAMSUNG FOCUSES ON ERGONOMICS WITH TWO NEW DIGITAL CAMCORDERS
New SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 Offer Industry-Leading Style, Design and Ease-of-Use
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. - April 29, 2009 - Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10, two new ergonomically designed, compact digital camcorders offering industry‑leading style and design. The new SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 also feature Samsung's stylish Touch of Colorä (ToCä) finish that was first introduced in the company's line of flat‑panel HDTVs. With ToC design, a hint of color is naturally blended into the deep black body for an attractive crystalline appearance.
The SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 are ideal for the on-the-go consumer and offer an impressive 10x optical zoom paired with Hyper Image Stabilization to help reduce blurry footage. Both camcorders also feature a 230,000-dot, swiveling 2.7-inch wide LCD screen, which allows users to effortlessly frame their subjects and review their footage. Similar to the full-HD HMX-R10, the new SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 boast Samsung's Active Angle Lens. This unique design helps reduce fatigue by allowing consumers to grip the camcorder in a more relaxed manner, easing the overall stress on their wrist and elbow. Unlike traditional camcorders, the relaxed grip also removes the LCD screen from the user's line of sight, enabling them to always keep an eye on their subject while recording.
"The SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 are truly unique camcorders, starting with their eye-catching ToC design," said Reid Sullivan, senior vice president of Audio/Video and Digital Imaging Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "In addition to being ultra-compact, ergonomic and stylish, these camcorders offer a host of advanced, yet easy-to-use capabilities that encourage consumers to integrate video recording into their everyday digital lifestyles."
The new SMX-C14 features 16GB of internal Samsung flash memory and is expandable via an SD/SDHC memory card slot. Thanks to H.264 compression, which drastically enhances recording times when used with standard definition video, users can record over six hours of footage directly to the SMX-C14's 16GB of built-in memory. The SMX-C10 does not feature internal memory and requires the use of SD/SDHC media. Both the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 also offer substantial battery life, providing more than two hours and forty minutes of record time on a single charge.
The SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 also incorporate Samsung's play-edit-sharing program called intelli‑studio. The built-in intelli-studio program allows consumers to connect the camcorder to any computer via USB and edit and play their video without having to install supporting software. intelli-studio also facilitates the process of uploading users' content to popular video‑sharing Web sites. For added convenience, a one-touch "upload" button, available directly on the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10, provides a direct connection to YouTube™, further reducing the number of steps needed to upload footage. In addition, the camcorders also allow basic on-camera editing, including the ability to merge and split video files.
Samsung also enhances the video recording experience for end-users thanks to several unique features, including time-lapse recording, animated thumbnails and a versatile charging system. Time-lapse recording allows users to program the camcorder to record at a pre-set interval of one image every one, three, five, 10, 15 or 30 seconds. Time-lapse recording is especially useful for condensing extremely long events, such as rolling clouds on a sunny day, into a short, easy‑to-view video.
Samsung's animated thumbnail feature simplifies the way users search for video clips on the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10. Each video clip saved on the camcorder is represented by a small thumbnail on the LCD screen. When scrolling through one's videos, each thumbnail will provide a short playback of the video file when highlighted by the user. The SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 also feature a versatile charging system. Users can either recharge the battery by connecting the camcorder to the supplied AC adapter or via USB while the camcorder is connected to a computer.
The SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 will be available in July 2009.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.