updated 04:50 pm EST, Tue January 14, 2003
Last week at CES, Samsung has , which combines the benefits of a MiniDV digital camcorder with a 4 mega-pixel digital camera using a unique swivel lens mechanism for switching between the two functions; It includes an embedded strobe for still picture taking in low-light conditions, a 3x optical/6x digital zoom and support for Memory Stick media (and USB connectivity). The digital camcorder also features a 680K pixel CCD, MiniDV and MPEG-4 recording as well as the option of a 10X optical or 800x digital zoom, a 2-inch view finder, and FireWire connectivity.
Samsung also unveiled the ITCAM-7 dubbed as the world’s first Hard Disk Drive (HDD) digital camcorder. It uses a 1.5 GB HDD to store still and motion pictures, as well as music, audio and data files, offering storage of more than one hour of footage. The ITCAM-7 saves each new shot as a separate media file, making it possible to locate a specific clip instantly and simple to organize media clips for editing. It also doubles as a portable MP3 and movie player (30 fps playback at 640x480 on its 2-inch LCD or on a TV screen). It features a USB 2.0 port for connectivity.