Seoul, Korea - Samsung Electronics formally unveiled Wednesday a new all-weather pocket video camera that is waterproof to 9 feet and capable of up to 1080p/30fps HD video recording.
The Samsung W200 pocket cam (shipping in May with a $159 suggested retail) is billed as a go-anywhere camcorder with built-in 5.5 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a bright F2.2 1x lens to do dual-duty as a still camera and HD video cam.
The pocket cam was said to have been created for those whose active lifestyles demand both durability and quality. In addition to repelling the elements the tiny video cam is dust-proof and shock resistant.
The W200's anti-water drop coating enables the LCD screen to stay free of condensation, while the lens adds an anti-fog coating that lets steam disperse enabling clear, blur-free videos.
For underwater recording, the camcorder includes an Aqua Mode setting, which automatically sets the ideal parameters for bright and clear underwater video.
The W200 comes with a built-in USB arm for easy connection to a PC and HDMI port for a connection to an HD TV or monitor.
Components in the camera include a 5-megapixel Back Side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, with double the sensitivity of previous CMOS sensors for reduced image noise and distortion, SD/SDHC card slot, digital image stabilization, Full HD resolution and a 2.3-inch 230,000 dot LCD screen.
A Record Pause feature allows users to pause briefly during filming and then resume from the exact same spot. When filming is complete, footage will all be in the same file, removing the need to merge multiple files for faster and easier uploading.
Two special Smart Filter features include: vignetting, which allows users to fade the edges of shots and Fish-Eye, which creates an arty, distorted feel to images.
"The W200 is the ideal Pocket Cam for anyone who wants to experience life to the fullest and share those experiences with friends and family," said Hyunho Chung, Samsung digital imaging business executive VP. "It's tough enough for filming a backpacking trip or vacation with small children, and light enough to carry around with you every day, so that you never miss a moment. We've used the latest in Samsung technology to make sure that you're able to capture a faithful memory of your experiences, wherever you go. The W200 is the Pocket Cam that you'd never want to leave at home - it's reliable and easy to use, whatever adventure you're setting out on."