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Samsung extends ergo-camcorder lineup by two

The Samsung SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 standard-def digital camcorders feature the company's Active Angle Lens.


At CES 2009 and again at a spring lineup show, Samsung showed off its HMX-R10, a full HD camcorder with an "Active Angle" lens that's been angled up 25 degrees so you don't have to bend your wrist to get a level shot with the camcorder. I had my doubts that this strange-but-clever design would ever make it to stores, but it's available now for $500.

Samsung must be getting good feedback about the design, too, since its decided to add two standard-def models to its camcorder lineup: the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10. The difference between the two is that the C14 has 16GB of internal flash memory and the C10 has none; though both have SD/SDHC card slots.

I like that the optical zooms are kept to a sensible 10x, as these models are really designed to be handheld and anything longer than that would make for a shaky mess. Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD, the capability to recharge by USB or AC adapter, editing and uploading software that runs directly off the camcorder (no need to install anything on any computer, though it's likely Windows only), and the company's Touch of Color finish, which gives the black body a hint of blue or red, depending on the model you buy.

Look for them in July. No pricing was announced, but my guess would be in the $250 to $300 range for the C10, and another $50 to $100 for the C14.