Samsung's shock, water and dust-proof W200 Pocket Cam
By Paul Ridden
April 24, 2011
Despite the killing off of the FLIP there's still some movement left in the Pocket HD camcorder market. Samsung's latest release is a shock, water and dust-proof rugged unit capable of recording full high definition video and snap 5.5 megapixel stills. The bright lens and LCD screen are coated to help keep videos blur-free and the sensitivity is twice that of previous models thanks to the inclusion of backside-illumination technology.
Samsung's waterproofing of the HMX-W200 Pocket Cam to a depth of about 10 feet (3 meters) is not the only feature to help action lovers to best capture full 1080p high definition underwater scenes, the F2.2 lens features anti-fog coating to disperse steam and the 2.3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution LCD screen benefits from anti-droplet coating for wipe-free framing. There's also a special Aqua Mode setting which automatically adjusts the device's settings for optimum underwater video.
The 2.36 x 4.44 x 0.77-inch (60 x 113 x 19.7 mm) Pocket Cam is dustproof and shockproof, loow lighting noise and distortion is kept in check by the backside-illumination technology of the 5 megapixel CMOS sensor and, like the FLIP, the W200 gets its own pop-out USB arm for direct connection to a laptop or computer.
Other features of note include the ability to pause filming during shooting so that the captured video can be stored as one file, and fish-eye and vignetting filters to add some arty creative spice. The 1300 mAh battery is said to offer about 2 hours between charges and content is stored to micro SD/SDHC media.
The Samsung HMX-W200 Pocket Cam will be available from next month for US$159.
Rugged qualities aside, it will be interesting to see if there is indeed a post-FLIP Pocket Cam void for the W200 to fill given that many of the latest smartphones are already capable of shooting 1080p video and capturing multi-megapixel stills.