Korean giant Samsung has joined the chorus of brands launching ultra-compact handheld HD video cameras, launching its own today.

The new HMX-E10 features 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) video capture and built-in USB plug so no cables are required – it just slots straight into your PC or notebook’s USB port.

Video is captured at up to 30fps using H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) video compression. The unit features a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD panel on the back and the image sensor lens rotates through 270-degrees.

But as is typical with most of these cameras, what you don’t get is optical zoom. A 2X digital zoom option is available but this just simply reduces the pixel count in the video capture which ultimately reduces the video quality in any case.

It’s also able to capture 8MP (megapixel) still images. Videos can also be easily uploaded to YouTube using Samsung’s one-touch process.

The HMX-E10 joins a growing list of handheld HD camcorders from the likes of Cisco, JVC and Sony.

It’s available now in Australia for $249. Full specs below.

Product Specifications – HMX-E10
Image Sensor • 1/3.2” CMOS
Lens • 1x, Auto Focus (2x digital zoom) F2.2 Bright lens
LCD • 2.7-inch Touch-Screen LCD, 230k
Memory • microSD
Interface • USB 2.0 (Built in)
• 1920×1080 Full-HD Video
• H.264 Video Format
• 8MP
• Ultra-Compact Design
• 270° Swivelling Lens
• HDMI Connectivity
• Built-in USB
• USB Charging
• Smart Filters: Miniature, Vignetting, Defog, Sketch
• Panorama shot
• Built-In intelli-studio2.0 Software
• One-Touch Upload to YouTube
Color White / Black/Orange
Availability November 2010
Pricing $249

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