LAS VEGAS -
' camcorder group made a teaser announcement four days prior International CES, unveiling one of the highlights of its 2011 product line -- the HMX Q10 with 1080/60i HD video recording, a 10x optical zoom and a backside-illuminated 5-megapixel CMOS sensor.
The camcorder, which will hit retail shelves in February at a $299 suggested price, will incorporate a new Smart Access user interface that creates "application-like" icons users can drag and drop in the menu.
Other features include a new Switch Grip function with Easy Operation via the LCD screen. The Switch Grip uses a G-magnetic sensor inside the HMX-Q10 to recognize the angle at which the camcorder is being held and turns the image in the LCD display to the user's line of view for easier recording.
Easy Operation allows controlling detailed processes, turning the camcorder on and off and operating the playback function through the LCD screen, so controlling the device is intuitive and fuss-free.
"The launch of the HMX-Q10 is particularly important for us as it is one of the best demonstrations of Samsung's continuing innovation, providing high performing features and design in a model that makes the best camcorder experience available to all our customers," stated Hyunho Chung, Samsung digital imaging business executive VP. "For example, we have developed the world's first Switch Grip technology so that the HMX-Q10 adapts to the consumer's lifestyle and setting -- not the other way around. In addition, Easy Operation via the LCD and Smart Access UI takes the confusion out of recording, so that you can instantly record brilliant movies from the very first time you pick up the camcorder without the need for an instruction manual."
The HMX-Q10 also features Smart Auto scene recognition technology, which analyzes key elements of the composition of the footage, such as brightness, motion, color and subject, and then selects the most appropriate settings to produce the best results possible.
Also introduced in the camcorder is Samsung Record Pause technology, which lets users take brief pauses in filming before restarting.
The HMX-Q10 captures up to 4.9-megapixel still photos, and an Easy Manual Mode setting enables calibrating manual features, including white balance, exposure values, backlighting, self timer and C.Nite, through the interface.
A new Art Film function offers such special effects as Time Lapse and black and white.
It will be sold in pink, blue, titan and black.