Samsung's latest WB700 point-n-shoot digital camera lets you get up close and personal -- real close and personal -- with a 24X zoom lens. Skeptical? You should be -- it's actually a still-impressive 18X optical zoom supplemented by a 1.3X "Smart Zoom," Samsung says.
The camera sports a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider KREUZNACH lens and a 16MP CCD sensor. Full manual control is part of the spec sheet, and so is the ability to record full 1080p high definition videos (H.264 format).
Other notable features include RAW file format support, built-in software, an advanced noise reduction algorithm Samsung says "actively cancels out the zoom noise," andd digital image stabilization.
Up until now, there hasn't been a handheld device capable of recording both HD video and HD audio. That's according to Zoom, which rectified that little problem with the release of its new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder.
The Q3HD shoots Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) and 720p at either 30fps or 60fps. This latest model sports a redesigned, larger aperture with three lighting settings to choose from.
Once you've recorded your video, you can plop the Q3HD on its side and play it back in 16:9 format. There's also a built-in HDMI port to get your video shuttled over to your swank HDTV set.
Zoom, which specializes in stereo recorders, has just launched its new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder, the only handheld in the world to record both HD video and HD audio, the company claims.
"To shoot a great movie you've got to have both great video and great audio," says Scott Goodman, President of Samson Technologies, U.S. distributor for Zoom. "Because the Zoom Q3HD is the only handheld video camera that allows users to do both, we believe it will revolutionize the way home movies are shot and set new industry standards for quality and usability."
The pocket-sized point-n-shoot is capable of shooting Full HD 1080p video at 30fps and 720p at 30fps or 60fps. There's a 4x digital zoom and a redesigned aperture paired with three lighting settings.
For audio chores, the Q3HD uses the same microphone as found on Zoom's H4n recorder. Other features include a 2GB SD card bundled in (upgradeable to 32GB), a 320x240 LCD screen, built-in USB 2.0 cable, HDMI, and built-in editing and YouTube uploader software.