Samsung Releases First Wi-Fi Smart Camcorder & Rugged Waterproof Pocket Camcorder

Samsung Releases First Wi-Fi Smart Camcorder & Rugged Waterproof Pocket Camcorder


Ridgefield Park, NJ—Samsung Electronics America announced the nationwide retail availability of two Full HD camcorders: the QF20 Smart camcorder and the rugged W300 pocket camcorder. Both offer feature sets to meet the video demands of a variety of users, including those who are constantly connected, and the adventurous looking for a durable video companion.

QF20 Smart Camcorder. Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity to instantly back up and share videos directly from the camcorder, the QF20’s 2.7-inch LCD with an intuitive touch screen interface targets it at the connected user who wants to share videos to sites like YouTube, Facebook and Picasa. It also includes a 20x optical zoom to get close to the action.

From any Wi-Fi hotspot, users can send videos from the camcorder with one touch. A newly developed login browser enables the camcorder to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot in hotels, airports or other locations that may require visiting a landing page before gaining access to a connection. And with the integrated Samsung TV Link feature, the QF20 wirelessly connects to a TV or Blu-ray player, so videos can be played without the tangling of component cables.

The QF20 also features Samsung’s AllShare, a proprietary technology that makes content sharing with a variety of devices easy, thus powering the PC auto backup feature so the QF20 can wirelessly transfer videos to a computer for storage.

Other features include: a Switch Grip 2.0 handle design for comfortable control when shooting with either hand, or in any direction; the ability to rotate 180º to capture video at different angles; one-button control for video record and playback; optical image stabilization Duo, to help reduce motion blur; a new 5MP BSI CMOS sensor; and Samsung’s art time lapse, a setting that takes still photos at preset time intervals and speeds up the slow passage of time to create a unique time lapse effect. $349.99.

“Samsung’s 2012 camcorders balance innovative features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity and shooting underwater Full HD videos, with ease of use—making them approachable for all consumers,” said Reid Sullivan, senior vice president, Mobile Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America. “The QF20 builds on the success of last year’s Q10 as an easy-to-use and affordable HD camcorder that now combines a touch-screen LCD and Wi-Fi capabilities for instant uploading to popular social media sites. Additionally, the W300’s waterproof, shockproof and dustproof design makes it this season’s must-have gadget for capturing videos of the exciting outdoor activities and trips that the warm weather brings.”

W300 Pocket Camcorder. Just in time to capture sporting events and other outdoor activities, the W300’s rugged design is geared for shooting 1080p Full HD video in a range of conditions. It is waterproof to 15 feet, shockproof from heights of 6 feet and dustproof. It also has an antifog coating and offers an auto aqua mode that senses the camera is underwater and corrects the color to help ensure true-to-life images.

Beyond its multi-proof rugged design, the W300 offers a 29.6mm wide-angle lens; a 2.3-inch LCD; a built-in USB port for charging and transferring video files to a computer; and record/pause mode that briefly pauses and then restarts video recording process without creating a new file. The W300 comes in orange, red and black. $159.99.

Both camcorders feature creative options, including editing directly on the camcorder, and no computer is needed to use features such as my clip and Smart Background Music 2.0. My clip allows users to bookmark the most important parts of the action—as it is happening—so during playback the best moments can be shared as a highlights montage. The upgraded Smart Background Music 2.0 permits users to sync their music and automatically adjust the volume over or under a video clip.