The vertical pocket sized camcorder has caught on like a bad case of the bird flu. Entering the market today is Samsung with their HMX-U10. I know what you’re thinking: “Flip already has this market cornered”. Well, you’re partially right, but what makes the HMX-U10 unique is its ability to capture 1080, not 720 HD video, something never before seen in a camcorder of this type. Much like the Flip and Sony’s version, it appears to lack any sort of optical zoom and probably will suffer from the shakes like an alcoholic on a two day dry spell.
Nonetheless, the little $200 wonder can snap 10 megapixel photos via a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, has a simple one button YouTube upload, a 2-inch LCD and encodes in the always friendly H.264 codec. Memory? Yeah, you’ll have to bring that, but with an SD card slot your recording times are unlimited, pending any battery issues.