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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