Samsung SCD5000: MiniDV Camcorder and 4-Megapixel Digicam in One Device



LAS VEGAS--Jan. 9, 2003--Samsung Electronics today unveils the SCD5000, the latest in Samsung's line of digital convergence products that seamlessly combines the benefits of a MiniDV digital camcorder with a four mega-pixel digital camera.

Unlike other similar products that have either poor resolution for stills or extremely limited recording time and quality for motion pictures, the SCD5000 performs superbly at both functions.

The SCD5000's unique swivel lens mechanism permits easy switching between the two functions; one side of the assembly houses the camcorder lens and sensor and the other side holds the mechanism for the digital still camera.

The digital still camera function creates sharp images with 4.13 mega-pixel CCD resolution. Compared to most digital camcorders that store low-resolution still images at 640 x 480 pixels, the SCD5000 produces 2272 x 1704 images suitable for large size prints. Additionally, the SCD5000's embedded strobe allows still picture taking in low light conditions. Other features include a 3x optical zoom for camera and swivel lens assembly. The images can be stored in Memory Stick media and transferred through USB ports.

As a digital camcorder, the SCD5000 features 680K pixel CCD, MiniDV and MPEG-4 recording. The lens allows users the option of a 10X optical or 800x digital zoom. Samsung's proprietary Power Nite Pix function greatly improves picture quality under unfavorable light conditions. And the SCD5000's two-inch trans-reflective LCD viewfinder ensures optimal clarity even under direct sunlight. Captured footage is transferred through the IEEE1394 (FireWire) connector.