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Samsung's new HMX-U10 takes on the Flip UltraHD

In addition to today's new camera announcements, Samsung announced three new camcorders, including the ultracompact HMX-U10, which is pitted directly against the popular Flip UltraHD.
Written by Janice Chen, Inactive

In addition to today's new camera announcements, Samsung announced three new camcorders, including the ultracompact HMX-U10, which is pitted directly against the popular Flip UltraHD.  As you'd expect from this category of Web-savvy camcorders, the HMX-U10 emphasizes ease-of-use, with one-touch uploading to YouTube, in-camera video editing software, and USB charging. Unlike the Flip line of camcorders, it requires a separate USB cable, which is a pretty big drawback in my book. Nevertheless, Samsung's new entry outdoes the older UltraHD in several other important ways: It records full 1920x1080 video at 30 fps (vs. the UltraHD's 1280x720 resolution), it snaps 10 megapixel still images (UltraHD shoots video only), its 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor is significantly larger than the UltraHD's 1/4.5-inch sensor (which bodes well for image quality), it uses an SD card slot to allow for storage flexibility (though there's no built-in memory), and it's smaller and lighter than the UltraHD.  Additionally, Samsung claims that the camera's physical design, which angles the top portion camcorder seven degrees up, will provide for more ergonomic shooting, reducing stress on your arm.  The HMX-U10 will ship in September, for $199.99 (identical to the Flip UltraHD's current pricing).

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