Korean Chaebol Samsung has rolled out four new camcorders that will join others as part of the H-series and are all full HD, SSD-packed, CMOS-equipped, low light capable devices.
The HMX-H200, HMX-300, HMX-H204 and HMX-H205 have the same core features like the ability to record at Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) in H.264 format and a 20x optical zoom with a 37mm wide angle.
Samsung has also built in an electronic image stabilisation feature with a time-lapse mode that only works at 720p though. Content can be viewed on the 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD or on a bigger screen thanks to the HDMI connector.
As expected, they can only be used as a digital camera, one with a resolution of 4.7-megapixel albeit without any onboard flash.
The only difference therefore (apart from the price) is the fact that the entry level models doesn't come with any onboard storage, then 8GB, 16GB and 32GB SSD. Onboard memory can be supplemented by SD cards (and we expect that the reader will be SDHC compliant).
Expect shooting time to be as little as 130 minutes in full HD mode but lasting much longer when shooting at lower resolutions.
Samsung has yet to confirm the price at which they will be available but did say that all four will be on sale just in time for the FIFA World Cup in June.
Interesting that they all use Samsung's new BSI CMOS rather than more traditional CCD technology. These camcorders will face some serious competition from all-in-one smartphones, some of which, like the X10 already offer HD recording. That said, stand alone camcorders still have the upper hand when it comes to absolute image quality.