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.
More of a novelty than useful
So, while the video and picture quality are good, the projector works, but isn't that great, the wonky menus and slideshow modes, and the troubles you have to go through to get a viewable projected image, I feel this unit is "ok". It does what it's supposed to, but has a number of drawbacks that keep this from being a truly "wow" product that you'd be proud to have. It might draw some envy at first, but it's usability flaws will quickly outweigh the novelty with regular or repeated use.
Colour trailing from projector
The over-eagerness of the camcorder's brightness adjustment together with the colour smearing issues with the projector ensure that the CP45 should not be considered a replacement for separate dedicated camcorder and "big screen" solutions. But that's not really the point.
Treasure-trove of multimedia fun
3M hasn't just squeezed two different gadgets into one tiny box with the CP45. It's actually squeezed two well-specified different gadgets in there a fact that ensures that rather than just being another pint-sized gimmick, the CP45 is instead a genuinely useful and great value device that even manages to straddle the usually unassailable family and business divide.
Hybrid camcorder and LED projector
As an example of compact engineering, the CP45 is undeniably impressive. But it's not a whizz bang buy. Many of us will already have comparable functionality in our phones, making only the LED projector element a novelty. However road warriors who need to deliver video presentations on the move may find it easier to justify the expense, but if video capture isn't an issue, they may be better off looking at 3M's MPro range.
Cute little underwater digital video camera
The video is decent, though it does suffer when there is a lack of lighting. The microphone does pick up some sound while in the housing. If you make any sort of noise through your snorkel it'll pick it up, it'll pick up your breathing through the regulator and it'll pick up swishing noises from the water.
Good low light performance
With Cisco killing off its Flip camcorder line last month, the ultracompact camcorder market was left with some gaping holes to fill. Kodak's series of pocket-cams may be poised to take over a chunk of the Flip's former market, and, we must say, the waterproof PlaySport Zx5 is certainly a worthy heir. We liked the Zx5's predecessor (the PlaySport Zx3) enough to name it our best ultracompact camcorder of 2010, so it shouldn't be a surprise that we liked the Zx5 as well.
Full HD shooting
With the Playsport Zx5, Kodak has built on the excellent Zx3, and added standards-compliant dust and shock proofing. The result is a camcorder ready for a wider range of outdoor activities. The specifications and performance are otherwise very similar. So although the new model is a little more expensive, making it slightly worse value overall, it's the better choice if you want a cheap pocket camcorder able to resist the elements and a bit of rough treatment.
Isn't enough to make us fork out an extra £30 to £40 over the previous model.
It's hard to see what the Zx5 brings to the party that wasn't already offered by the Zx3. Both 1920x1080 video capture and image stabilisation were already included, as was the shoot and share option. The Zx5 has a dedicated Share button and DIS (direct image stabilisation) plus support for face-recognition. This isn't enough to make us fork out an extra £30 to £40 over the previous model.
Good video quality.
The Playsport Zx5 is a very versatile pocket camcorder,it not only takes sharp video but is designed to go underwater and take the odd fall off a table. Despite its sturdy build, the Playsport is sharply styled and not at all cumbersome to carry with you. The lack of a built-in USB plug and a lapse in autofocus top the very short list of quibbles with the Playsport Zx5, which continues Kodak's tradition of leading pocket camcorders.
Decent video quality
The PlaySport will probably not be used to make any award winning documentaries (or even a serviceable student film). But for its price it can't be beat as an adventure camcorder, and is more than acceptable as a pocket cam for less demanding users. Its video and image quality is on par with the rest of its class, and its superior build puts it above its competitors.
Rugged waterproof and shockproof specifications
The Kodak Playsport Zx5 is a fun little pocket HD video camera. Video quality is good for a camera of this size, and you can capture decent 5-megapixel images when needed. With a street price of $159.99 US, the Playsport is very easy on the pocketbook.
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.
Good feature set
If you need a more sophisticated alternative to the Flip, the Kodak PlayTouch is worth a look. It's not quite as easy to use, but that's a trade-off you'll make to get a few extra features, such as color modes and multiple resolution choices. It offers excellent video quality and a responsive touch-screen and does much to solidfy Kodak's reputation as a leading pocket camcorder vendor.
We loved the compact design, ease of use, connectivity options, ability to extract still photos, and the jack for an external microphone. We were also impressed with the fact that Kodak included the HDMI cable. They would, however, have been better off putting that extra money into the build of the device.
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