Samsung Announces New DuoCam

Reprinted from a Samsung press release:

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., which pioneered true digital imaging convergence with the award-winning DuoCam family of integrated digital camcorders/still cameras, is making a great idea smaller than ever with the introduction of the ultra-compact SC-D6550 DuoCam. The palm-sized SC-D6550 features Samsung’s groundbreaking dual-lens system, which can switch modes effortlessly to produce sharp-as-life digital video or high-resolution still images. Samsung’s newest DuoCam will be on display throughout CES 2005 in the Samsung booth, #11024 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 6th – 9th.

Samsung’s DuoCam successfully merges both still and video functions to offer consumers a complete digital imaging package. The latest DuoCam SC-D6550 upholds a tradition of video excellence with a 680K CCD lens and 10x Optical Zoom/ 900x Digital Zoom that delivers hi-res video images with vibrant color resolution and detail. For still photography, the five Mega Pixel CCD still lens delivers 2592 x 1944 pixel image resolution, enabling consumers to create large size prints with maximum picture sharpness and color accuracy.

“The new 3rd generation DuoCam reflects Samsung’s continuing commitment to providing innovative solutions to meet consumer’s needs,” said Claude Frank, Director of Digital Audio/Video Products, Samsung Electronics America. “Consumers no longer have to choose between top quality stills and superior digital video – they can now get both with one easy-to-use, palm-sized device.”

In fact, the 3rd generation DuoCam represents a 40% reduction in size from its predecessor. Designed with an ergonomic hand-grip, the SC-D6550 is the ultimate in portable imaging versatility and convenience.

In addition to producing top-notch video and stills, the DuoCam is packed with all the features consumers expect from a digital camera. The Instant ON feature means the camera is ready to go less than a second after the power button is pressed, while a new battery indicator displays the actual playing time and recording time left. Images and video can be played back on the built-in color LCD screen, and a playback zoom feature allows viewers to focus on a small section of an image.

A host of options ensures the highest quality image capture and display. Slow Shutter and Nite Pix options allow users to compensate for poor lighting conditions. Digital Image Stabilizer and a built-in flash keep stills and video bright and sharp. Program AE (auto-exposure) modes provide built-in recording optimization, automatically selecting the best combination of aperture and shutter speed for superior results.

The DuoCam also offers top-of-the-line digital device compatibility. The built-in Multi-Card Slot allows consumers to store and transfer their files using Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital Cards or Multi-Media Cards. The high-performance PC interface surpasses traditional camcorders with USB 2.0 compatibility that provides quick, smooth data transfers to PC hard drives. And Samsung’s PictBridge printing protocol allows users to connect the camera directly to a compatible printer via a standard USB cable.

The SC-6550 Compact DuoCam will be available in May 2005 with an MSRP of $799.99.

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