updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed April 29, 2009
Samsung C14 and C10 Vidcam
Samsung on Wednesday updated its camcorder line with two new standard-definition camcorders that boost both the aesthetics and performance. The SMX-C10 and SMX-C14 both have the same Touch of Color visual trick on their bodies as Samsung's newer HDTVs to produce a unique, gradual shift between black and red. They also bring the Active Angle lens of the HD-capable HMX-R10 to let users hold the camera at a more natural angle while pointing in the right direction.
Both have 10X optical zoom factors, slow-motion modes for time-lapse videography, and H.264 that makes it easier to edit videos in iMovie or similar modern apps. The units appropriately have dedicated buttons to upload videos directly to YouTube from the camcorder, though whether this requires Windows isn't mentioned. About six hours of footage can fit in 16GB of storage, Samsung says.
Differences between the two cameras are slight. The C10 as the entry model relies solely on SD or SDHC cards for storage, while the C14 contains 16GB of built-in memory in addition to the expansion slot. Both are due in July and will get prices closer to their release dates.