Samsung intros new video products

Samsung’s digital camcorder line has expanded and now includes four

Mini-DV format cams, plus the innovative IT camera (a hard-drive based MPEG4 video/still cam. Among the DV products, the star is the new DouCam which is essentially two cameras in one: a mini-DV camcorder for digital video and a 4.1 megapixel camera for digital still photography. The DuoCam includes separate lenses and CCDs for both the still and video portions, to ensure that each is optimized for its particular use. Samsung is positioning this product as the solution for people who want to carry both a still and video camera but don’t want to be burdened by two products. It is available now for $1,399.

The new products show Samsung’s determination to gain more recognition in the camcorder market. According to Samsung executives, three years ago Samsung wasn’t a player, but now the companies is approaching double digit marketshare. Samsung will continue its active OEM business, however.

In DVD, the Samsung showed a new 10-inch portable player that’s only about an inch thick. It replaced last year’s 10-inch portable DVD player, which received an Editor’s Choice Award from E-Gear .

Other new DVD products from Samsung include a new DVD-RAM/DVD-R recorder, DVD/VCR combos and the DVD-HD931 DVD player which upconverts DVD signal to 720p or 1080i for output via DVI interface to an HDTV. That product carries a suggested price of $349. The DVD recorder will be offered for $499.

A major push for Samsung is the home theater in a box category. Earlier

this year the company launched its first HTB product that combined a Samsung DVD/receiver with a 5.1 set of Klipsch speakers. The first, model HT-SK6, features a single disc progressive scan DVD/receiver with 725 total watts and a set of Klipsch Quintet speakers and a KSW-10 225-watt sub. The system sells for $1,199. A second system combines Klipsch Promedia speakers and a DVD/receiver for $599 and will be available at Best Buy and other retailers.

A Samsung representative told Dealerscope that the company is investing in rear reflection audio technology with the intent of offering a DVD HTB that provides a virtual surround experience without 5 speakers–similar to the Bose 3.2.1 system. No details on this product were available.

In the set-top-box arena, Samsung now offers a host of products including two standard definition DirecTV receivers, a high definition DIRECTV

receiver and the new SIR-T31 high definition set-top-box that receives both off-air ATSC and unscrambled cable QAM signals and includes a DVI output. The SIR-T31 is available for $499.

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