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Samsung Unveils YouTube-Optimized Camcorder

The SC-MX20 compact camcorder, the successor to the SC-MX10, features a 680,000-pixel image sensor that delivers a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels.


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Samsung's SC-MX20 YouTube-Optimized Camcorder
The camcorder features a 680,000-pixel image sensor that delivers a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels.

Samsung on Wednesday introduced a digital camcorder featuring a recording mode optimized for online video-sharing site YouTube.

The SC-MX20 compact camcorder, the successor to the SC-MX10, features a 680,000-pixel image sensor that delivers a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels. The latest model also has a 34x optical zoom.

For the Web, the new device utilizes the H.264 standard for compression, which doubles the compression ratio so that it takes less time to send video files via email or upload them to sites. The feature also delivers longer recording times, since more video can be stored in the device's memory card.

In addition, the device gives the option of choosing a shooting mode with a resolution and format optimized for uploading content to YouTube or portable media players. The mode automatically adjusts the resolution to 640 x 480 pixels. The camcorder comes with video-editing software.

Other features include technology for noise reduction and for correcting blurring when video is taken with an unsteady hand. The device supports an 8, 16 or 32GB memory card, which amounts to four, eight and 16 hours, respectively, of recording time. The camcorder has a 2.7-inch LCD screen for viewing, and three hours of battery life.

The SC-MX20 will be available in August in four colors, black, red, white and blue, the company said. The estimated selling price is $280.

Overall U.S. retail sales of consumer electronics, such as LCD TVs, digital cameras, camcorders and portable media players, have been down so far this year. As of the end of May, retailers reported that sales were down 3% from the same period last year, according to The NPD Group. The numbers do not include online sales.

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