The annual January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always a good litmus test for the industry. It’s a time when manufacturers showpiece their upcoming models and for me, there is every chance that 2011 is set to be another year when electronic imaging takes a further giant leap forward.
Samsung has been quick off the blocks with the announcement of the HMX-Q10 camcorder, an SDHC/SD card HD video camera that promises to make filming easier and more affordable than ever before. Let’s face it, the last thing we want when we’re out and about is to have to fiddle around with exposure settings, we just want to grab that moment in the best possible way. Thankfully, Samsung who has been known for a tidy camera or two has produced a model that offers intuitive 1920×1080/60i HD quality no nonsense recording straight out of the box, with many features more normally associated with higher end cameras.
The HMX-Q10’s range of features are all easily accessed via the 2.7’’ LCD touch screen for a start, so there’s no searching for those little switches often hidden away in places you can never find, whilst the list itself is impressive. It has the world’s fist ‘Switch Grip’ for example, a G-magnetic sensor that recognises the angle you are holding the camera and adjusts the LCD display accordingly. So whether you are left or right handed or shooting in unusual positions, you’ll be able to see the screen easily. You’ll also be able to pause recording too, a very handy addition which will cut down on all those clips that need merging later. A very welcome addition.There’s an improved stability system to compensate for a shaky hand (particularly useful in cold weather or when you’re on the move) and the new CMOS audio sensor dramatically reduces distortion and ambient noise.
Samsung has been a pioneer in scene recognition technology, where key elements of your footage such as motion, colour and brightness are all adjusted automatically and the HMX –Q10 features a new improved version which promises to make full use the HD quality available. For those of you looking for photos too, the 5MP Schneider-Kreuznach lens will provide decent enough stills, although lovers of an SLR may choose to scoff at the very thought.
The Samsung HMX-Q10 Camcorder will be available from March 2010.
By Andy Mossack