Samsung goes to the extreme

With its new Miniket series, Samsung crams loads of features into a compact product.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 27, 2005

"Why buy two cameras when you can get the new DuoCam?" asks Makarand Phadke, sales and marketing manager, Samsung. The VP-D6550i offers two specialist lenses for two specialist applications in an attractive package: shooting still photos and videos. Samsung claims the still camera takes high resolution photos worthy of any professional photographer's needs thanks to its 5.2 megapixel CCD - a resolution suitable for print on any glossy paper. The camcorder also offers USB streaming, which allows footage to be shown directly on a compatible display device. "The market is changing from tape media to tapeless media," says Phadke and he reckons the company's VP-D6550i keeps Samsung ahead of its competition. Samsung is also showing off its Miniket camcorder range - short for mini pocket. The VP-X110L sports cam for instance is designed for everthing from cycling to off-roading in the Arabian deserts. In keeping with that, Samsung also offers a purpose-built "extreme lens". In addition to the camcorder's fixed lens, the VP-X110L can be fitted with an extreme lens, which connects via cable, meaning it can be mounted on handle bars, a car window, skateboard, helmet, or wherever the sport takes the photographer. "You'll get the kind of footage you only see on National Geographic," Phadke says. "And at $680 dirhams it's affordable."

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