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.
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.
Very good color reproduction
The QF20 is one of the cheapest camcorders on the market, and it's likely you could find the camcorder for less than its $350 MSRP if you shop around. The camcorder has its limitations, mainly with low light video and the terrible touchscreen, but this is one of those instances where you do kind of get what you pay for. If you want better performance, then you'll probably have to pony up more cash-or look for a great deal on a mid-range camcorder like the Panasonic HC-V700 or Canon HF M50.
Got a deal, nice camera
Very easy to use. Great picture in day-light or bright indoor light. I used it to record my Son's graduation. It did very well in bright indoor light (Stage). Zoom worked perfectly. Only issue I have with it is the ow light option. It does not do well in low light. When I tried to view it on my HD TV same brand. The low ligth video showed a lots of snow with poor quality. I was not impressed by the HD Quality viewing on my Samsung 240 HD TV.
Wireless sharing and backup
For casual video capture, the Samsung HMX-QF20 is an admirable camera that won't break the bank. It's easy to use once you overcome any touchscreen phobias, and offers abundant manual settings and other in-camera features to explore.
But there's nothing overwhelming about what's inside the HMX-QF20. No one will be blown away by the amazing image quality here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new H-Series full-HD digital camcorders also utilize H.264 compression, which significantly increases recording time.
When actively reading and writing data, Samsung’s SSD technology consumes approximately 1/8th of the power of a comparable HDD (estimated value with 3GB/second, 2.5 inch HDD, 5400 RPM).
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