At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung launched its latest camcorder, the HMX-Q10. Slated to ship in February, the HMX-Q10 features a 5-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, an optically stabilized 10x F1.8 zoom, and supports 1080/60i and 720/60p recording.
The HMX-Q10 is designed to be intuitive and easy to use, with most of its processes and functions controlled through a side-mounted LCD screen. A prominently placed record button makes for simple and straightforward video capture, and the camcorder’s compact and durable body allows it to double as a 4.9-megapixel still photo camera.
One of the HMX-Q10’s highly touted features is Samsung’s new Switch Grip technology, which automatically adjusts the camcorder’s LCD screen to display at a viewable angle regardless of how you’re holding it. This should make the camcorder ideal for lefties as well as videographers who film at a lot of odd angles.
Other cool features include Smart Auto scene recognition technology, which analyzes key elements of the composition of your footage and selects the most appropriate settings to produce the best results, and Record Pause technology, which allows you to pause recording without creating a new clip on resume.
Perhaps most appealing about the HMX-Q10 is its price, which, at $299, seems like an impressive deal considering the camera’s specs.