Samsung’s Sports Miniket for xtreme sports capture
By Mike Hanlon
August 30, 2005
August 31, 2005 We like ruggedised electronics, and we like this one in particular as it’ll help the world to participate more fully in X-sports adventure. Samsung's new ruggedised Sports Miniket VP-X110L is a new variant in the range combining a camcorder, digital camera and MP3 player. Most importantly, the Sports Miniket has been developed with an external camera and a set of mountings, specifically so it would be ideal for recording all manner of outdoor activities from adrenaline-charged action sports through, well … almost anything. The Sports Miniket’s external camera module can be mounted on a helmet, on an arm via the arm-band or any stable surface. If there’s a drawback, it’s that the digital still image camera is a hopelessly inadequate 800 x 600 pixels – incredibly lame from a company that produces 7 mpx camera phones.
"The Samsung Sports Miniket redefines digital video. Adventure sports enthusiasts no longer have to choose between top quality stills and superior digital video - they can now get both with one easy-to-use palm-sized device," said a Samsung Electronics spokesperson.
The Sports Miniket VP-X110L has a 1GB built-in storage capacity featuring a 10X Optical Zoom with 800K Movie Optimised CCD lens. The Samsung Sports Miniket comes with MPEG4 movie quality (720x576/25 fps), offering the additional advantage of sharing files quickly via e-mail.
Combining all the user benefits of Samsung’s original Miniket, a unique file transfer option means you can record on the built-in memory, then transfer to a removable Memory Stick for easy download. Samsung’s Miniket connects to any PC using a high speed USB 2.0 connector and also comes with a power cradle for easy re-charge. It supports MPEG4 format and comes with a cradle for easy connection and re-charging.
Pricing will vary depending on the country and maturity of the market. The v has already been available in some markets for a few months, so pricing will be sharper.