Samsung is finally ready to launch the SC-HMX10, its first ever high-definition camcorder. The SC-HMX10 (pictured) heads a trio of camcorders previewed at CES way back in January that will all be available from September in the US.
The SC-HMX10 records to 8GB of internal flash memory, which is at least an increase to the frankly laughable 4GB announced at CES. Samsung claims this is enough to shoot a feature-length opus at the highest quality setting. Thankfully, memory can be expanded with an SD or SDHC card for stretching your epic beyond the 90-minute mark. The SC-HMX10 utilises a 1/6-inch CMOS sensor, and features HDMI output and a 10x optical zoom. The 69mm (2.7-inch) LCD screen will be of the touch-sensitive variety. It will be out in the US in September for $799 (£400).
Samsung has also announced the SC-MX10, a tapeless camcorder that will record video straight to SD card. You can keep track of the action on a 69mm (2.7-inch) widescreen LCD. You can also get right up close and personal with a humongous 34x optical zoom. US price will be $299 (£150).
Finally, the SC-DX10 gives you three recording options. Write your video to DVD-R, internal memory, or SD/SDHC cards. With a paltry 4GB onboard storage you may well have to use all three. Once again, you call the shots with a touchscreen. The SC-DX10 will cost $549 (£270).
Considering there areout there, 4GB or 8GB internal memory on these camcorders seems pretty measly. But at this more affordable price point, writing to widely available and ever-cheaper SD cards is officially a good thing, and the flexibility is there to shoot footage in hi-def or for the Web. No word yet on UK release for any of these stateside shooters, but Crave will be reporting from Samsung's product showcase in London soon. -Rich Trenholm