Samsung's flashy dual-layer DVD camcorder

Samsung has announced three new DVD camcorders, one of which includes 4GB of built-in flash memory.

Samsung's SC-DC173

If there's a buzzword in camcorders at CES 2007, it's probably still "high definition," but hybrid is a close second. Unfortunately, we think the latter is being used a little too freely. For instance, Samsung is calling its latest flagship DVD camcorder a hybrid because it includes 4GB of flash memory, but we think that label is a bit of a stretch. The SCDX-10 includes a 1-megapixel CCD, electronic image stabilization, and lets you record to that 4GB of built-in flash, or single or dual-layer 8cm DVDs.

In addition to that "hybrid" model, Samsung has announced two other DVD camcorders, the SC-D575 and the SC-DC173. The D575 sports a 1-megapixel CCD, 28x optical zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD, and card slots for Memory Stick and SD/MMC cards. The SC-D173 has a 680,000-pixel CCD, 34x optical zoom lens, and 2.7-inch LCD. Both can accept DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW single-layer DVDs, as well as DVD+R dual-layer discs.

Samsung plans to ship the SC-DX10 this August with a price of about $630. The SC-D575 is expected to hit stores in May for a price of about $450. The SC-D173 should be available in April and will set you back about $370.

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