Miniket comes to the Middle East

Convergence seems to be top of the mind for Samsung, as it has launched a digitally converged device, the ‘Miniket’ camcorder. This device doubles up as a digital camera, MP3 player, voice recorder, web camera and portable storage apart from functioning as a MPEG-4 video camera.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  March 21, 2005

Convergence seems to be top of the mind for Samsung, as it has launched a digitally converged device, the ‘Miniket’ camcorder. This tape-less camcorder, featuring a built-in flash memory of 1 GB, doubles up as a digital camera, MP3 player, voice recorder, web camera and portable storage apart from functioning as a MPEG-4 video camera. The Miniket should retail for around $545. “Digital camcorders have helped accelerate demand for the region’s camcorder industry, after a decline in demand for analogue camcorders and few product innovations. Digital camcorders have triggered an explosive demand, and we expect digitally converged products to take the lead from different standalone products," said J. H. Park, president, Samsung Gulf Electronics (SGE). Weighing just 150 grams (including the battery), this camcorder features one-button capture and uses a 10x digital zoom and a CCD sensor. The Miniket also supports PictBridge for direct printing allowing it to connect seamlessly to any PictBridge compatible photo printer. With its built-in 1GB flash memory; the Miniket is capable of recording up to 60 minutes of high-quality video, store 240 MP3 songs and voice record for 18 hours non-stop. What's more - this nifty widget also packs in a memory stick pro slot for added storage capacity and connects to a PC via USB 2.0 port. "Samsung will launch over 12 new digital camcorder models later this year and the next model to arrive will be the Xtreme Sports Miniket, with a rubberised shock absorbent body and detachable camera lens for adventure sports enthusiasts,” said Makarand Phadke, sales and marketing manager (Consumer Electronics), SGE.

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