Samsung Debuts Rugged W200 Full HD Pocket Camcorder

Flip Video may be over and done with, but there are plenty of options out there for those who still believe in the form factor. Samsung Electronics has one of those alternatives, as the "multi-proof" W200 pocket cam seeks to bring Full HD video filming to those who just need a camcorder in their front pocket. It features a 5MP BSI CMOS sensor, an f2.2 lens, a rugged shell and the ability to capture video underwater. The W200’s anti-water drop coating also means that the LCD screen will stay free of condensation, even in damp conditions, so you can film without wiping the screen.

The lens also features anti-fog coating that lets steam disperse so you always have clear, blur-free videos and pictures even straight after coming out of the pool. If you're really a fish, you'll make good use of the Aqua Mode setting, automatically sets the ideal parameters for the bright and clear underwater video. There's, of course, a built-in USB arm for easy offloading of content, and it'll capture footage in Full HD (1080p) on the 2.3" LCD panel. With Samsung’s Record Pause feature, users can pause briefly during filming and then resume from the exact same moment. When filming is complete, footage will all be in the same file, removing the need to merge them and making uploading and sharing hassle-free.

You can store footage on the microSD/SDHC card slot, and there's an HDMI output as well as a 1300mAh battery, which should last for around two hours. For $159 (ships in May), it's certainly a compelling option, but would you rather just opt for a point-and-shoot camera that doubles as a camcorder?