Samsung goes rugged with W200 minicamcorder

The HMX-W200 keeps you shooting full HD movies in the rain, snow, and surf and doesn't mind getting knocked around a bit either.


You might think that pocket video cameras are doomed because of smartphones and the iPhone, but there are some things those devices just can't do. The Samsung HMX-W200, for example, can survive a 6.5-foot drop, a swim down to 10 feet, and it's dustproof. It joins competitors from Kodak and Panasonic , among others, that are rugged, not just waterproof.

The W200 is essentially the same as the company's P100 pocket video camera , but rugged. It has a backside-illuminated 5-megapixel CMOS sensor for better low-light recording; records in full HD (1,920x1,080/30p) in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 to a microSDHC card; has a fixed focal length f2.2 lens; and a 2.3-inch LCD. However, the W200's screen has an anti-water-drop coating so you're not wiping off water to see what you're shooting, while the lens has an anti-fog coating.

Look for it May for $159.


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