Affordable Full HD video-capture solution
For a budget camcorder, we kept our expectations low, so we weren't overly surprised by the performance. What did surprise us was how mediocre it performed against our iPhone. Sure, you can enable optical zoom with image stabilization, but that's a plus only if it works well.
Color was inaccurate
The QF30 makes a decent enough first impression, but scratching the surface just shows how poorly thought-out the whole experience is. There's nothing to make this small Samsung camcorder a compelling choice, even for people who own other Samsung devices. It barely plays into the carefully cultivated ecosystem the Korean giant has been assembling over the past few years, unlike their terrific still cameras like the NX300.
Good image quality for the price
The HMX-QF30 is not a premium competitor, although Samsung has produced some models in this category in the past, such as the Samsung VP-HMX20 a few years back. But it does play to the company's current forte - good features and image quality for the money. At around £250, the HMX-QF30 surprises with its inclusion of Wi-Fi features, optical image stabilisation and a 1/4-inch sensor.
Lousy resistive touchscreen
It's tough to recommend the QF30. Even though it compares well with other devices in its class, its class of devices is no longer relevant or needed, especially to those that own a relatively new smartphone. Even with optical image stabilization, optical zoom, and Wi-Fi, it just doesn't offer enough to justify the price of a dedicated device.
If you really want a dedicated camcorder, you can likely get a ruggedized pocket device like the Kodak PlaySport on the cheap.
Nice camera and a good size to hold on to
Although it is larger than the more modern digital cameras, I like the difference because it is easier to hold on to while using it. I like the simplicity of using it and the CD with the instructions is very easy to find info on and use to edit your videos.
One drawback is the tiny button that controls up down and playback because it is so small it is somewhat difficult to manipulate.
I really am happy with the product and even happier with the amount I paid for the camera.
Impressive optical image stabilization
With its traditional design and basic feature set, there really isn't anything special about the Samsung HMX-H200. This is a somewhat disappointing observation for us, as Samsung has long been the proprietor of unique camcorders both good and bad that often stood out from the crowd. Last year's HMX-R10 and HMX-H106 were perfect examples of this.
Decent level of features
The Samsung HMX-H200 doesn't quite have the sense of polish found in the top camcorder models. The Smart Auto system is a pale imitation of Panasonic's Intelligent Auto, and its one-touch focus system doesn't include exposure. But it does have a decent level of features, and video performance is also very good for the price. So whilst this isn't the Samsung camcorder that entirely brings the Korean manufacturer on par with its Japanese competitors, it does compete very well on value.
Very good color balance and contrast
The Samsung HMX-H200BP is a great camera with a features set to play around with, and very little to complain about in terms of performance. Since the review unit was an engineering sample, we haven't deduct points for its non-working Time Lapse mode. Even so, the HMX-H200BP does what a camcorder is built to do i.e. record videos, and it does it extremely well. At Rs. 20,990, this camcorder is well worth the price.
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.
Strong video quality
If you're in the market for a low-cost HD camcorder but are leery about the quality and limited feature-set of a pocket camcorder, the HMX-Q10 is definitely a solid choice. It's slightly more expensive than most pocket models on the market at $300, but delivers a better zoom, better video quality and a more robust feature set. It's unique "SwitchGrip" design gives both left and right-handed users the ability to hold the Q10 naturally and comfortably.
Very affordable given its Full HD capabilities
Image quality is not quite as sharp as the Canon nor Panasonic and the built-in microphone once again picks up operational noise. The zoom is commendably silent however, even if it's less smooth in operation than its peers. Not a bad choice for those on a budget.
Great quality video
The Samsung HMX-Q10 camcorder is based on quality components and functions to help consumers capture brilliant, clear videos in astonishing quality, effortlessly and regardless of the situation. The new Samsung HMX-Q10 video camera captures video in 1920x1080/60i full HD, and includes an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) Duo system to compensate for hand-shaking better than ever before, creating a stable, clear video every time - even when walking or moving around.
Suits both left and right-handed users
Samsung has seldom hesitated to try out new ideas on its camcorder line; and we see such forward thinking again in HMX-Q10. The Smart Grip that rotates the display and controls automatically depending on how the camcorder is held is a simple and yet effective solution for left-handed and ambidextrous users. While not exactly pocket-able, it's still very compact and lightweight enough to be a bring-about video camera.
Lightweight, inexpensive, unique lens, good feature set
If you have $199 to spend on a camcorder, you can find several high definition pocket camcorders that will offer superior video quality to the C20, but can't match the C20 as far as the feature set is concerned (nor will they have the kind of optical zoom the C20 boasts). So if you're willing to trade off video resolution for functionality, the C20 is worth a look. It's light and portable, like the Flip or other pocket camcorders, with a unique lens that lends itself to hours of recording.
Stylish and palm-friendly compact design
The Samsung SMX-C20 is a well-designed compact effort that produces footage good enough to show thereâ??s life in standard def yet, but whether people are willing to see past the lack of HD when thereâ??s so many great value hi-def options out there is a different matter.
Insanely low price
With its weak photos and shaky zoom video, you'd expect a recommendation against this product - but it actually manages to rescue itself thanks to an insanely low price - you can find it online for as little as $159. The camera does not come with a memory card, so expect to invest an extra $20-$30 for an 8GB card. Battery life is rated at over 4 hours on a single charge.
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.
Samsung’s camcorders have been increasingly impressive over the last couple of years, with the VP-HMX20 showcasing the company’s new-found abilities.
The Samsung SMX-C10's sub-Â£150 price pits it directly against pocket Internet camcorders, which have now moved up to 720p HD. So its lower video resolution may seem a little backward. However, the C10's optical zoom, removable memory and greater control give it much more flexibility, despite the inferior low light performance compared to the best pocket Internet models. So if you want a cheap holiday camcorder, the SMX-C10 is a very good deal indeed.
lightweight camcorders are great.
The Samsung C10 works fine, but it's too far behind the times for your money. By Liam McCabe
Standard-def, poor image stabilization, awkward design, and no still photography all add up to a resounding Do Not Buy. It's ironic that the most popular product on Camcorder HQ is a standard-def camcorder (the Sony SX40 ), but here I am telling the world to not buy them.
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