Samsung added an affordable HD model to its camcorder lineup in 2011 with the announcement of the HMX-Q10. The HMX-Q10 records Full HD video and uses Samsung's new Switch Grip technology that is designed to improve handling and user interface.
The HMX-Q10 is a compact camcorder with a 10x optical zoom lens and overall dimensions of 33 x 53 x 119mm. The Switch Grip technology enables a sensor inside the camcorder to automatically recognize the angle at which you are shooting and will adjust the 2.7-inch LCD accordingly. Samsung claims this will help when shooting at odd angles, and it will allow to grip the HMX-Q10 comfortably with either the left or right hand. The LCD also uses touchscreen technology.
The camcorder includes a 1/4.1-inch CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 2.07 megapixels. Despite its cheap retail price of just under $300, the HMX-Q10 does include optical image stabilization (OIS Duo). The camcorder can also capture 4.9-megapixel still images.
In addition to Full HD recording (1920 x 1080), the HMX-Q10 also has a 720/60p mode and a standard definition recording option. Samsung emphasizes the compact design of the model, which you can see with its slender, barrel-like design in the photos above. The camcorder has a DC-input and it can also charge via USB. The Q10 also includes HDMI and Composite video output ports. The Q10 does not contain any internal memory, but does include an SD/SDHC memory card slot for storing video and photo content.
The Samsung HMX-Q10 will be available in February 2011 with an expected retail price of $299.