Good low light and good sharpness results
If you're planning to spend less than $200 on a camcorder, you can't get much better than the Samsung HMX-W300. It's easy to use, has a waterproof design, and its image quality is very good for a camcorder of its size and price. The camcorder is not for people who want top-notch image quality, though, nor is it for people who require access to manual controls. This is a simple pocket cam that is great for capturing poolside activities or passing off to your kids during a picnic.
Images have good colour rendition
The FZ60 offers a lengthy optical zoom in a well-featured package, but image purists won't be satisfied with just JPEG capture and a steep price.
If you are forking out for a premium-priced superzoom camera, you might as well save up a little more and spend it on the FZ200, which gives you a fast and constant lens at f/2.8, as well as RAW capture.
Horrible, slow autofocus
With the HMX-W300, Samsung had the perfect opportunity to address many of the shortcomings of the camcorder's predecessor, the W200, which had plenty of room for improvement. Poor button construction, mediocre video quality, and the lack of a Macro Mode were some of our previous complaints that are still not ameliorated with the W300.
Two customizable function buttons
If you like a lot of dedicated buttons and manual controls at your fingertips, but don't want to spend the money for an interchangeable lens camera, the DMC-FZ60 will likely fit your hand like a glove. Its powerful 24X zoom, optical image stabilization and high light sensitivity all combine to give you tremendous flexibility for capturing attractive shots in most situations.
Faster burst shooting, expanded ISO range and more creative effects
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62 is an appealing super-zoom bridge camera that does most things very well. The Â£349.99 / $399.95 launch price is high, but the FZ62 offers enough features, image quality and performance to satisfy anyone looking for an all-in-one, do-it-all camera.
Clear, sharp videos for a compact
The Samsung HMX-W200 is a great example of a camcorder that wildly exceeded our expectations. We expected average results from the camcorder, but instead we got a video performance that rivals the best we've seen from a model that costs under $200. Yes, the camcorder has some design flaws and interface problems, but its success in our video performance tests overshadowed those minor faults.
Records in full 1080/30p or 720/30p high definition
The Samsung W200 is a rugged pocket camcorder and still camera designed to offer high definition video capturing with a resistance to the elements. Capable of shooting with its full 1080p resolution up to 3 meters underwater, and automatically calibrating optimal brightness and clarity using its Aqua Mode, the W200 also offers protection from shock, dirt, and snow.
Excellent in low light
The Samsung W200 is not an earth-shattering innovation in camcorder technology. In many respects its merely another waterproof pocket Internet model. But it does have significant abilities in key areas. In particular, its large back-side illuminated CMOS sensor ensures excellent performance in low light, and there's an Aqua filter available, too, so that shooting underwater isn't spoiled by discolouration.
No manual controls at all
So, is Samsung's "multi-proof" W200 worth its weight in underwater memories? It's tough to say, but we're leaning "yes." $150 is dirt cheap in this category, particularly for a device this small. The 1080p underwater video mode is leaps and bounds better than the VGA mode we saw on the D10 just two years ago, and underwater stills also turned out remarkably well.
Waterproof, shockproof and dustproof
With impressive video quality in most tests, the Samsung HMX-W200 edges out other pocket camcorders -- although it does have some drawbacks. Like most of the latest mini-camcorders, the W200 can shoot in full 1080p high definition, snap still photos, and has an HDMI port (you have to supply your own cable) so you can hook it directly up to your HDTV.
Pocket-sized waterproof mini Full HD camcorder
Here's a great gadget for taking on short trips where you want basic video and stills, though whether it's any better than a smartphone is a moot point. The latter is cancelled-out by the W200's rugged 'multi-proof' build and underwater option, though we're not sure that's enough given its fairly average stills and video. Still, we love its rugged build and usability, as well as its quick-draw operation.
Video quality is above par
The Samsung HMX-U20 isn't perfect, but it punches hard in one of the areas that matters: the video quality is above par for this type of device, with both autofocus and optical zoom a step above the normal fixed focus options. You aren't overwhelmed with options and those you do get make sense, so it is a really easy camera to use.
Happy that I upgraded from Flip to this for 1080p video, image stabilizer and mini-HDMI output
Overall - very happy with the results. Have been using this to capture every move of our baby and share the videos via Picasaweb to grandparents overseas. The included intelli-studio sync software doesn't support Picasa out of the box but can be customized and has support for Flickr, facebook and Youtube uploads.
Very happy with the product - hopefully Samsung will refine the touch screen software for faster response. Very competitive and aggressively priced pocket camcorder.
Looks and design
The HMX-U10 is proof that beauty can only be skin deep. In terms of looks and design, it's head and shoulders above many of its rivals, but a clunky touch interface makes this a frustrating device to use, and both still and video quality are disappointing. If price is a concern, the U10 can be picked up very cheaply now, as the recently announced, image-stabilised, HMX-U20 is not far from the horizon.
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