Thursday, February 18, 2010

Samsung SMX-C10 Touch of Color Camcorder

Samsung SMX-C10 Touch of Color Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Red)








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Product Details
* Features Samsung's unique Active Angle Lens
* 10x optical zoom paired with Hyper Image Stabilization to help reduce blurry footage
* Edit or share videos from anywhere with intelli-studio program
* Stylish Touch of Color (ToC) finish
* Capture video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included); recharge the battery via AC adapter or USB

The Samsung SMX-C10 is ideal for those on the go, and offers an impressive 10x optical zoom paired with Hyper Image Stabilization to help reduce blurry footage. It features a 230,000-dot, swiveling 2.7-inch wide LCD screen, which allows users to effortlessly frame their subjects and review their footage. Similar to the full-HD HMX-R10, the SMX-C10s boast Samsung's Active Angle Lens. This unique design helps reduce fatigue by allowing consumers to grip the camcorder in a more relaxed manner, easing the overall stress on their wrist and elbow. Unlike traditional camcorders, the relaxed grip also removes the LCD screen from the user's line of sight, enabling them to always keep an eye on their subject while recording.

The SMX-C10 does not feature internal memory and requires the use of SD/SDHC media. It also offers substantial battery life, providing more than two hours and forty minutes of record time on a single charge.

The SMX-C10 also incorporate Samsung's play-edit-sharing program called intelli studio. The built-in intelli-studio program allows consumers to connect the camcorder to any computer via USB and edit and play their video without having to install supporting software. intelli-studio also facilitates the process of uploading users' content to popular video sharing Web sites. For added convenience, a one-touch "upload" button, available directly on the SMX-C10, provides a direct connection to YouTube, further reducing the number of steps needed to upload footage. In addition, the camcorder also allows basic on-camera editing, including the ability to merge and split video files.

Samsung also enhances the video recording experience with several unique features, including time-lapse recording, animated thumbnails and a versatile charging system. Time-lapse recording allows users to program the camcorder to record at a pre-set interval of one image every one, three, five, 10, 15 or 30 seconds. Time-lapse recording is especially useful for condensing extremely long events, such as rolling clouds on a sunny day, into a short, easy to-view video.

Samsung's animated thumbnail feature simplifies the way users search for video clips on the SMX-C10. Each video clip saved on the camcorder is represented by a small thumbnail on the LCD screen. When scrolling through one's videos, each thumbnail will provide a short playback of the video file when highlighted by the user. The SMX-C10 also features a versatile charging system. Users can either recharge the battery by connecting the camcorder to the supplied AC adapter or via USB while the camcorder is connected to a computer.

# Product Dimensions: 6 x 7 x 3 inches ; 1.3 pounds
# Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

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Reviews Samsung SMX-C10 Touch of Color Camcorder


Out of the box, extremely easy to use. Anyone that can't figure this out WITHOUT the manual has no business touching electronics, I'm sorry. The manual is pictures, no words - if that gives you some idea how simple it is to use. It charged up in about 30 minutes, took some play around videos that night in the living room (no overhead lighting - lamp/tv/fish tank is all the light it has) and it did fine, so I can't quite get with the bad low lighting shooting comments. There is no light so night-time shooting is probably out, obviously. The zoom is fantastic, I went max zoom on some of my 1" fish from across the room, no blurriness at all.

The playback is great, I love that you can flip the screen around and fold it back in during watching, with an convenient rewind button right next to it. It is extremely light and small - can easily be carried in a pocket. Fits the hand well, with both the record and zoom buttons in convenient finger positions. The tilted lens profile is much easier on the wrist for extended shooting.

Now, the real test was Thanksgiving. Shot around the house some, but took it outside when after dinner we toss around the pigskin. This thing shot great video, could zoom in on people as they were making the catch (we were running slant routes, giving it some on-the-move action opportunities). I got great footage of someone getting a football to the side of the face from 20 yards out, which is already an instant family classic. Took it into direct sunlight, and with sunlight behind me - could still easily see the LCD. Only twice during the hour+ of filming did it lose focus for a second or two on someone running while I zoomed in - but fixed quickly. And unless some of you are secretly M Night Shyamalan I think people would manage this with a much more expensive camcorder.


16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but some flaws, September 23, 2009
By Glenn A. Auve (Arlington, VA) - See all my reviews
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I have to preface this by saying I just received the camcorder today so I am still learning the functions.

Video quality seems to be perfectly fine to me. In bright light the colors look very vibrant and true to life. In dim light things are a little less colorful as you would expect. There are a multitude of scene modes which should really help if you take the time to set the right one for the conditions you are in. There is a setting for very low light conditions; a setting for back lighting, spot lighting, sports/fast motion, fountains/waterfalls, fluorescent light, tungsten... and on and on. There is also a setting for the exposure if you need to manually override the camera. You can also focus manually if necessary and there is a face detection mode. If you whip the thing around it will have a hard time focusing. The key is to make slow movements of the camera and hold a second or two if necessary to allow the auto focus to do its thing.

This device is light as a feather and it is tiny. It fits comfortably in the hand. The angled lens takes a little getting used to. Out of the box the battery is very fast to charge.

The time lapse recording feature is very cool and is something I can definitely see myself playing around with quite a lot.

The built-in studio software seems to work fine. I don't plan to do lots of intensive editing. I had some trouble getting the software to download to my desktop PC but the laptop had no issues.

My biggest issues at the moment are that it appears the camera does not save all of your settings and reverts back to some default states every time you turn it on. This is quite annoying as you have to go back into all of the menus to set everything up each time. Some things do stay on like scene mode selection or image stabilization but other things like the fader selection revert back to off. Not sure why it doesn't save everything as you leave it.

The other issue is that digital zoom only operates when you have the image stabilizer turned off.

This one does not have still photo capability. You need to upgrade to the C14 if that is important to you.

Samsung HZ15W 12MP Digital Camera

Samsung HZ15W 12MP Digital Camera with 10x Schneider Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD (Grey)








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Product Details
* 12-megapixel resolution for large, photo quality prints
* 10x optical zoom; 24mm ultra-wide angle Schneider lens
* Dual Image Stabilization combines the strengths of Optical and Digital Image Stabilization
* Record high-definition video at a resolution of 720p
* Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
The Samsung HZ15W includes a world first 10x optical zoom and 24mm ultra wide angle Schneider lens and cements Samsung's position as an innovator in the new and important High-zoom category - compact cameras equipped with the sort of advanced zoom lens technology traditionally seen only in SLR cameras. This new technology gives people even greater control and helps them take better, professional standard photos; enhancing the entire photography experience, from shooting to sharing images with friends and family. The 12-megapixel HZ15W also includes HD movie capture so people can "Pause and Re-record" high definition videos and super sharp movie-quality recordings in one movie clip

# Product Dimensions: 6 x 7 x 3 inches ; 14.4 ounces
# Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

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Reviews Samsung HZ15W 12MP Digital Camera


I am a casual user who prefers size, convenience and function over versatility of SLR cameras. I have been using digital cameras since the 1.2 MP era in the late 1990s. My most recent camera prior to this model was the Panasonic Lumix TZ-5 with 9 MP and 10x optical zoom.

WHAT IS IN THE BOX?
Camera
User manual
AC adapter
Rechargeable battery
Audio Video Cable
Carrying Strap

CONSTRUCTION

The metallic body has a black matte finish with a grip on the right side. The grip is textured which decreases the chance of slipping from my hand. It is slightly heavier than my TZ-5 and really requires two handed operation to keep it steady.

On the top of the camera, there is a power button, speaker, zoom lever, and mode dial. The flash is on the same side as the grip which is something that you need to be congnisant of when using flash. In the bottom of the unit, there is a centrally placed tripod unit which is more stable than eccentric placement that I have had on other cameras. The Battery chamber holds the battery and memory card. The back of the camera has a nice vivid color screen, a multidirectional keypad, command lever, function/delete key, play button and effect button. On the right side of the unit a USB, AV and DC terminal are located towards the top.

The command lever allows for custom exposure control, ISO/white balance and Aperture/shutter speed.

The unit has 21 MB of internal memory and is guaranteed to work with up to 8 GB. The built in memory does not allow for more than 5 photos at the highest resolution.

OPERATION

Setup of the camera is easy and intuitive. You initially set up the camera by entering your language (English, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian) and the Time and date.

I set my command lever for white balance but you can also set it for exposure levels.

Operation of the camera includes full automatic mode, program mode, manual mode, Scene, beauty shot , movie and smart auto. There are a few scene modes including landscape, self shot, children, beach/snow, and fireworks, just to name a few. The mode is set by using the control dial at the top of the unit. What I like about this camera over my Panasonic Lumix TZ-5 is that the dial actually locks into place, as opposed to inadvertently switching me to another mode (big advantage in my opinion). Beauty shot mode allows you to clear facial imperfections (this is the first that I have experienced something like this).

This camera has good low light sensitivity with both video and photographs.

This camera uses an SDHC card up to 32 GB. With a 1 GB card, you can take 404 pictures at the highest resolution or 780 photos at 5 MP. At the highest quality movie, you can record 8 minutes 20 seconds at 1280 HQ, 30 Frames per second.

Battery life by the manufacturer is about 140 minutes for stills only and 125 minutes for movie mode, so I recommend a second battery for backup when travelling or taking videos of your child's rehearsal, for example. Unfortunately, this has no supplied battery charger, so you have to plug the camera into the wall.

The glossy LCD screen is comprehensive showing icons for remaining battery life, shots remaining on camera, metering, ISO, color saturation, date/time, flash status, zoom level, and histogram (there are other functions revealed but I mentioned what I feel are important). The quality of the images viewed on the LCD is vivid and crisp.

The camera can take 1.5 frames per second in high speed mode or one picture at a time, aside from the continuous and motion capture mode (6 shots per second for 5 seconds).

Image stabilization is good but there are times that I would still get motion blur.

There seems to be a long refractory time between photographs when flash is being used. Shutter lag is average to other point and shoot cameras that I have used.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographs are stored in JPEG, EXIF, DPOF. Color effects include normal, black and white, sepia, red, green, blue, negative and custom color.

Recharging time for the battery is about 5 seconds when freshly charged.

Viewing photos by normal display or thumbnails is intuitive. I like the ability to crop the photo within the camera - it's like having a built in photo-editor. You can also view photos by slide show, which I use to play back when we go on trips.

Shutter speed on automatic mode runs from 1/8 to 1/1,500, on program mode from 1 to 1/1,500, manual from 16 to 1/1,500. ISO equivalents are from 80 to 3200.

VIDEO

The video mode allows for zooming while filming. Zoom is smooth in transition.

Video is stored in MP4 (H.264(MPEG4.AVC). Audio is saved as a WAV file.

Video clips are set by determining your image size from 1280x720 HQ to640x480 to 320x240. Maximum recording time per clip is 29 minutes. Frame rate can be set based upon resolution. Videos can be recorded with or without sound.

Sound quality from the microphone is decent but not as sensitive as a conventional camcorder.

A nice feature of the movie playback is the ability to trim clips, if they are longer than 10 seconds. So in-camera processing is relatively painless.

PLAYBACK ON TELEVISION

Image size for playback includes 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 576p.

SOFTWARE

System recommendations for the USB support on Windows:
Pentium III 800 Mhz
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Greater than 1 GB
MS Direct X 9.0 C

The recommendations for USB support on Mac:
Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 10.3 or later
110 MB hard drive space
>512 MB RAM

The software is rudimentary allowing for photo organization, inserting text, effects, narrations, and music files to a movie clip. It is not quite a full featured program like iMovie on my Mac.

CONCLUSION

Overall, this is a powerful camera for its relatively compact size. Its limitations for video include low sensitivity for the microphone and just an average shutter lag.

Highly recommend for an all purpose camera and casual videography.

Samsung HMX-H100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder

Samsung HMX-H100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder with10x Optical Zoom








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Product Details
* 1920 x 1080 Full HD recording; superior image quality appears clear on your HDTV
* Capture HD video to SDHC cards
* 37mm wide-angle lens; Optical Image Stabilizer
* 4.7-megapixel digital still photo capability
* High resolution, touch-panel LCD

Samsung HMX-H100 Highlights

Progressive HD (1920 x 1080 Full HD)
Samsung’s HMX-H100 delivers the very highest quality video by using progressive scan technology. It records HD quality video in progressive mode (30fps), so that the video is crisp and clear, regardless of how fast the subject is moving. Progressive scan technology produces smooth images even when videos are played back at 2x, 4x or even 8x the normal speed!

37mm wide-angle lens (Schneider's Varioplan-HD lens)
A 37mm wide-angle Lens, fitted to a camcorder, allows you to experience a new world of images. The world-class Schneider lens is specially designed to produce clear and vivid images by correcting chromatic aberration and distortion. Unlike other camcorders offering a typical angle of view of 40 - 50 mm, a wide angle view of 37mm provides wider and richer images from the same distance. Enjoy the world of dynamic, exceptional images brought to you by 37mm!

Time Lapse Recording
By setting time intervals for frame capture, you can take full advantage of the Time Lapse Recording function. This feature uses selective frame capture to record over an extended period of time so that you can see the effects of long term recording condensed into a shorter time frame. Imagine seeing the slow passage of clouds through the sky or a sunset over the water in only a few minutes.

Swivel Hand-Grip
Samsung’s unique Swivel Hand-Grip design makes shooting difficult angles a snap. With a flick of the wrist, you can change the shoot angle of the camcorder to take the perfect video every time-all with one hand! The ergonomic design will open new doors to the way you shoot video.

# Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 4 inches ; 1.9 pounds
# Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

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Reviews Samsung HMX-H100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder

I am very pleased at the quality of the video this small camcorder can produce. I have been using Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra video editing program to load, edit, and record to DVD using an old DVD burner I have had in my computer for about 5 years. It also allows auto uploads to You Tube. With the Cyberlink software there is no need to convert the native files the H100 produces. I have tried most if not all of the popular editing programs, and only Corel Video Studio Pro X2 required a conversion to load. Intelli-Studio, a "lite" type editing program, that comes with the H100, easily converted the H.264 files to a usable format.

My favorite things, after trying a fistful of HD camcorders:
- Fantastic image. Quality of video rivals Canon.
- Hands down the BEST anti-shake feature I've seen in this price range. Canon isn't even remotely close.
- Easy to use

The bad:
- Small internal battery, one size only. OK lifespan, but I prefer something external like Canon's, you can buy a bigger size and clip it on still.
- It doesn't handle low light. Very few of these do well in indoors or low light, though. My sister's wedding was at sunset, once the sun was down, the video was bad. The best low-light performance I've seen was in a Sanyo, but the video quality was terrible in comparison.
- While the screen menu is easy to use (touchscreen a nice bonus), some features, like activating a backlit mode, you don't want to have to dig through a menu to get to.
- Focus speed was slower than I like, but perhaps that was due to the low light.
- Samsung advertised that this could do 1080 60i or 30p, that is a flat out lie. There is no 30p feature on this machine, at least not at 1080.

If you need something easy, handy, that produces great images, and you don't need all the features a Canon can offer, this is it!