Samsung announced several new camcorders today as well. The HMX-H300 series, the SMX-F50 series, and the HMX-P300 and HMX-P100. We’ll see them out on the floor today at the Samsung booth, but lets take a quick look at them first.
First up, the HMX-H300. Samsung is touting it as the ultimate family camcorder, with 3 hour battery life and face detection. Underneath all these “family friendly” features, beats the heart of a pretty decent video camera. The HMX-H300 has a 5.1 megapixel sensor, 30x optical zoom, and a 3″ touch LCD screen. It’s not HD, but more importantly it has image stabilization, so when you use that 30x optical zoom in and watch the kid playing baseball, it won’t shake like the camera in the Blair Witch Project. Prices vary on the HMX-H300 series from $399 to $599, depending on the model. It’ll be available next month.
The HMX-P300 and HMX-P100 (pictured above), are smaller pocket versions of their big brother. They both have image stabilization, auto focus, face detection, and charge off the USB port. The HMX-P300 has a 3x optical zoom, and the HMX-P100 has a 1x optical zoom. The HMX-P300 retails for $199 and will be available in March, and the HMX-P100 is $149, and should be available next month.