Wireless communication has busted into another product sector: the Samsung S series of high-definition camcorders brings Wi-Fi transfer to your home movies. We checked out the 720p HMX-S10, HMX-S15 and HMX-S16 at a launch event in rainy London.
The HMX-S15 and HMX-S16 are the first camcorders to boast Wi-Fi. In the camera world, where unique features are DLNA and use Samsung's AllShare system to connect to other DLNA devices, such as a television or computer. If you want to take it back to the old school with cables and wires and all that mess, there's an HDMI connection onboard too., there's now a choice of Wi-Fi snappers such as and the . The camcorders support
Sadly the Wi-Fi wasn't working on the models we had a play with. Look out for our full review nearer release date to find out how practical it is to stream HD video without wires.
All three camcorders pack 1/2.3‑inch rear-illuminated CMOS sensors, 15x optical zoom and optical image stabilisation. The thinking is handled by Samsung's new Victoria Engine video processor. You control each camcorder via a flip-out 89mm (3.5-inch) touchscreen with a nifty 3D-effect user interface.
They also shoot slow-motion video, albeit at drastically reduced resolution. They'll manage 300 frames per second at 368x208 pixels, which is, like, about half-ish the size of VGA. They'll go as far as a whopping 600fps, but only at at a resolution of 192x112 pixels, which is about half the size of Simon Cowell's musical integrity.
The S16 features 64GB of solid-state memory built-in. The S15 offers a 32GB SSD, while the S10 takes SD and SDHC memory card.
The Samsung HMX-S10 will be available in May, with the HMX-S15 and HMX-S16 following in June. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.