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Samsung announces Q20, W300 and F80 camcorders

By dpreview staff on Jan 9, 2012 at 22:00 GMT

Pre-CES: Samsung has announced three camcorder models: the Q20, F80 and the W300 pocket camcorder. The Q20 shoots 1080i HD footage and incorporates a 20x zoom lens. The company is also offering a Wi-Fi capable QF20 variant. The less expensive F80 model shoots 720p30 video and a 52x optical zoom lens. Finally, the W300 is a rugged pocket camcorder that can shoot 1080p30 movies.

Press Release:

Samsung Brings Video to Life with its Strongest Camcorder Line-up Yet

Samsung QF20

Las Vegas – Jan 9, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the latest additions to its family of camcorders, offering a range of innovative features that appeal to film-makers of all abilities and ambitions. The new QF20 takes Samsung’s innovative Switch Grip feature one step further for even easier recording. The QF20 also introduces Wi-Fi connectivity to the camcorder line, revolutionizing the storing and sharing of movies. The F80, meanwhile, is the range’s go-anywhere family-friendly companion, while the W300’s rugged design is perfect for the on-the-road adventurer.

Flexible family fun with the Q20/QF20

The Q20 follows on from the popular and innovative Q10, incorporating the new Switch Grip II which now includes the Vertical Recording feature, increasing flexibility with three recording angles. The Switch Grip means that however the camcorder is held, the digital, triaxial acceleration sensor inside recognizes the angle and turns the LCD display so it’s easy to see and control recording from any angle. The QF20 also boasts innovative Wi-Fi capability for uploading and sharing content, along with Auto-Backup to help quickly and securely backup your memories to your chosen PC.

The Q20’s stylish design houses 1080i Full HD recording, 20x optical zoom and creative functions in a slim and portable form. Ideal for busy young families, it is a lightweight and easy-to-use grab-and-go companion. Samsung’s new ‘Shake It’ feature incorporated in the Q20 gives an extra sense of fun to family movies, allowing artistic effects to be added randomly with a simple shake of the camera and Art time lapse effects including reverse time lapse can allow anyone to unleash their creativity! Meanwhile the camcorder’s One Touch recording function and touch-LCD make it easier than ever to control recording and editing on-the-go.

The all-terrain W300/W350 for extreme shots in extreme conditions

 Samsung W300

The W300 is the latest in Samsung’s rugged range of pocket camcorders, designed as the ideal companion for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Water-proof up to five meters, shock-proof from heights of up to two meters and dust-proof, it allows users to capture all the action and adventure of an outdoor lifestyle in 1080/30p Full HD video. Its innovative range of value-adding features make it perfectly suited to extreme use, while its optional floating bumper featured in the W350 enables filming while floating the camcorder on water. The 5M BSI CMOS Sensor and F/2.2 Bright Lens also facilitate low-light shooting for high quality images.

Fun family moments in HD with the F80

Samsung F80

The F80 is a family-friendly option that offers HD capabilities and upgraded image quality in an affordable and stylish package, full of intelligent features and powered by HDMI. With 52x optical zoom and 65x intelli-zoom, the F80 brings users closer to the action. The F80 also features 1280 x 720 30p recording for smooth and clear video capturing in clear and bright detail on the 1/3.2" 5M pixel CMOS Sensor as well as 1080i video upscaling via HDMI and the Smart Background Music II feature makes it easy to add a custom soundtrack to make movies truly memorable.

Mr. Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics said, “Our latest camcorder line-up is our strongest yet, offering the perfect camcorder for every lifestyle and budget. The new QF20 we’re delighted to be able to offer Wi-Fi capabilities to make sharing and saving people's special memories easier than ever. Whether it’s for an active family, outdoors enthusiast or budding director, each camcorder in our range offers stand-out design and functions to make creativity come alive.”

Create memories that are works of art

Each new camcorder in Samsung’s new line-up offers creative options to bring movies to life easily and without the need for editing experience or even a computer! My Clip, found across the whole range, is a simple way to bookmark the most important parts of the action as they happen so that users can pick the best moments for an instantly edited ‘highlights’ montage. The upgraded Smart BGM II (Background Music) function adds atmosphere to movies by letting users sync their music, automatically adjusting volume under/over a video clip. All the camcorders also feature brilliant still shots – for moments when only a snapshot will do

Visit Samsung’s booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed January 10-13 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at: www.samsungces.com. The press conference will also be streamed live from: www.samsungces.com or www.global.samsungtomorrow.com.

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