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Samsung HMX-H100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the build quality and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung HMX-H100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung HMX-H100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Samsung HMX-H100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, battery

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung HMX-H100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder with10x Optical ZoomSamsung HMX-H100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder with10x Optical ZoomSamsung HMX-H100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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Samsung HMX-H100

 

Samsung attempts to differentiate the bulk of its HD camcorder line by incorporating SSD--solid-state drive--storage compared to competitors' traditional hard disks, regular old built-in flash, or simply removable flash cards. This is a rather flimsy...

Attractive design; comfortable rotating grip; manual shutter speed and aperture controls

SSD adds unnecessary price premium; so-so video quality; slow, inaccurate autofocus

An interesting design doesn't offset the so-so video quality and performance, especially for the higher priced HMX-H106, H105, and H104. If you're set on this series, though, the no-memory-included Samsung HMX-H100 is probably the best deal of the bunch.

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Review Of The Samsung HMX-H100 Camcorder

 

Video input type: Camcorder; Optical sensor type: CMOS; Optical zoom: 10 x; Analog Video Format NTSC; Digital Video Format H.264; Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 2.2 megapixels.Camcorder Interpolated Still Resolution 4.7 megapixels ; LCD display - TFT...

Stylish body design; convenient size and shape make it easy and comfortable to use high performance Schneider lens; manual shutter speed and aperture controls

Autofocus lags precision; average video quality; SSD adds unnecessary price

The overall performance of the HMX100 wasn’t up to the mark and when paired against its competitors like the Sony Handy cam HDR-XR100 and the Canon Vixia HG20, it could barely keep up. The auto focus was not accurate and had some considerable lag ,...

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Review: Samsung HMX-H100 camcorder

 

A few months ago we took a look at Samsung's aging SC-HMX20C camcorder. The model was about a year old at that point but it still had a lot of life left in it. product cycles being what they are, it has subsequently been replaced with new models,...

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Samsung HMX H100 HD Camcorder

 

Maxell’s Encore EN-5 offer a rich, full sound for an affordable price, beating out nearly all of the headphones in the test. However, our testers didn’t think they were very comfortable, nor did this pair do a good job staying put during use....

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Good camera while it lasted...

 

This camera has begun to do a very annoying thing. Occasionally while recording it abruptly halts and gives the error message, "card speed too slow, use a card with higher speed". I have been using the same card since new - Verbatim class 6 cards but...

Excellent outdoor video quality

Mediocre in low light, has begun to malfunction after just over a year of mild use. A bit pricey but was sort of worth it until recently

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"Good camera while it lasted..."

 

This camera has begun to do a very annoying thing. Occasionally while recording it abruptly halts and gives the error message, "card speed too slow, use a card with higher speed". I have been using the same card since new - Verbatim class 6 cards but...

Excellent outdoor video quality.

Mediocre in low light, has begun to malfunction after just over a year of mild use. A bit pricey but was sort of worth it until recently.

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"Good camera for it's price."

 

Despite all negative opinions in the Internet about Samsung HMX-H10* series, this cameras is worth considering for home users. I have this cam (HMX-H100) for about one year, and can truly speak about it's cons and pros. For this price tag, you cant...

Good outdoor video quality. Very easy to use. Good image stabilization. Built in usable software for Windows. Good video sharpness and detail (on highest quality settings). Good color reproduction. Easy video editing (No need to convert). True HD.

Plastic, decent quality build, especially rec and zoom buttons. Low battery live. No ext. MIC connection. Noise in recorded sound. Low photo quality. Fast discharging when not used. Poor indoor/low light video quality (but not terrible).

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Good camera for it's price.

 

Despite all negative opinions in the Internet about Samsung HMX-H10* series, this cameras is worth considering for home users. I have this cam (HMX-H100) for about one year, and can truly speak about it's cons and pros. For this price tag, you cant...

Good outdoor video quality. Very easy to use. Good image stabilization. Built in usable software for Windows. Good video sharpness and detail (on highest quality settings). Good color reproduction. Easy video editing (No need to convert). True HD

Plastic, decent quality build, especially rec and zoom buttons. Low battery live. No ext. MIC connection. Noise in recorded sound. Low photo quality. Fast discharging when not used. Poor indoor/low light video quality (but not terrible)

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Good camera for it's price.

 

Despite all negative opinions in the Internet about Samsung HMX-H10* series, this cameras is worth considering for home users. I have this cam (HMX-H100) for about one year, and can truly speak about it's cons and pros. For this price tag, you cant...

Good outdoor video quality. Very easy to use. Good image stabilization. Built in usable software for Windows. Good video sharpness and detail (on highest quality settings). Good color reproduction. Easy video editing (No need to convert). True HD

Plastic, decent quality build, especially rec and zoom buttons. Low battery live. No ext. MIC connection. Noise in recorded sound. Low photo quality. Fast discharging when not used. Poor indoor/low light video quality (but not terrible)

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Good camera while it lasted...

 

This camera has begun to do a very annoying thing. Occasionally while recording it abruptly halts and gives the error message, "card speed too slow, use a card with higher speed". I have been using the same card since new - Verbatim class 6 cards but...

Excellent outdoor video quality

Mediocre in low light, has begun to malfunction after just over a year of mild use. A bit pricey but was sort of worth it until recently

Product Specifications

Baby's first steps? Daughter's graduation? Important life events deserve to be filmed and watched in beautiful high definition. The HMX-H100 boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution which means you'll see every amazing detail in brilliant color. It also comes with 10x optical zoom so you can get close to the action and optical image stabilizer for blur-free video.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:2.4in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:HMX-H100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:100
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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