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Samsung HMX-R10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and design. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung HMX-R10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung HMX-R10 (black)


Samsung may not be a go-to camcorder brand in the U.S. like Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC are, but at least it's trying to differentiate its lineup. The HMX-R10 is a perfect example. It's compact and reasonably priced for a full HD camcorder (though...

Very compact; above-average feature set including slow-motion movie record.

No lens protection; touch-screen manual controls difficult to use; lots of noise in low light video; slippery body; no mic and headphone jacks or accessory shoe.

The Samsung HMX-R10's plentiful shooting features and fine-quality HD video for its class--at least in good lighting--make it a very good compact HD camcorder. However, its design definitely isn't for everyone.

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An Angled Lens Makes for Comfier Grip on Samsung Camcor...


Samsung offsets some of the HMX-R10 camcorder's shortcomings (like poor low-light sensitivity) with pretty smart design: The angled lens promises comfier shooting, and the swiveling touchscreen makes for a slick command center.

Smart design: The lens is angled up at 25 degrees to make it more comfortable to use. Slick, swiveling 2.7-inch touchscreen is a terrific command center. Lots of manual and creative controls — like image sensitivity and frame rate. Records to SD/SDHC...

Poor low-light sensitivity. No headphone or external microphone jacks. Stills and video a bit noisy. No lens cap or hand strap

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Samsung HMX-R10 Camcorder Review


The Samsung HMX-R10 doesn't feel or look like an ordinary camcorder. On the surface, it boasts a compact design, rounded edges, and a unique, tilted lens that angles roughly 25-degrees higher than the rest of the camcorder. Inside, it has a huge...

With an MSRP of just $499, the Samsung HMX-R10 represents a very good deal in the mid-range camcorder market. It has a compact design that is smaller than many similarly-priced camcorders and its set of features is extensive and impressive


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Samsung HMX-R10 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Samsung HMX-R10 is creating quite a stir among gadget lovers for its unique sloping lens and curvilinear design. At the heart of the new camcorder is a new grip: the angled lens means that you hold the camcorder at an angle that's more comfortable...


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Samsung R10 1080 HD Flash Camcorder


In the past year or so we've seen Samsung make a jump into making all their camcorders flash based and eliminating the older and less convenient miniDV/miniDVD formats. In that time I've reviewed a few of the models in their lineup and even decided to...

Great quality 1080 videos ; 25 degree lens angle is an innovative idea to reduce wrist strain ; Some minor firmware and software improvements over past Samsung flash camcorders stand out ; IntelliStudio built-in software ; Photo quality is good and...

No proper lens cover ; No hand strap. This also made using the buttons on the back of the camera extremely hard without crossing my other hand over to operate them ; View the discussion comments powered by DISQUSback to top ; Start ; Prev ;...

For a price cheaper than most competitors, the Samsung R10 has shown to be a solid 1080 high definition flash camcorder for under $500USD. Alongside the usual camcorder features found on most camcorders in this range, the R10 jumped out to me with it's...

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Samsung HMX-R10


With the HMX-R10, Samsung has created a compact HD camcorder that doesn't follow the conventional design for a consumer camcorder. The R10 records full HD video to SD/SDHC memory cards, has a 9-megapixel still photo capability, and offers a tilted lens...

The most prominent feature of the HMX-R10 is its unique body design, which doesn't resemble a typical camcorder. There's no hand strap on the right side, and its lens is tilted upward rather than pointing straight ahead. This tilt to the lens means you...


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Samsung HMX-R10 HD Camcorder


Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One of the more unique products that I was shown was ...

Full HD 1080p video in a compact package ; Slow-motion feature is a blast ; Unique angled lens really is more comfortable ; Quick-access button for stills during video mode

No integrated lens cover ; No built-in memory ; Conventional hand strap would be better than wrist strap ; Possibly too many features for such a simple menu

Rather than using a spring-loaded mechanism for opening this latch, which is located on the underside of the camcorder, Samsung opted for a lock/unlock switch. It’s not really any better or any worse, but it's a little unconventional. Personally, I...

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Samsung HMX-R10


Compelling mid-range choice, one of the most intriguing hybrid devices we've seen this year

Good low light results, esp. in 30p; Very good sharpness for its class

Handling could be awkward; Touchscreen controls are a pain

With an MSRP of just $499, the Samsung HMX-R10 represents a very good deal in the mid-range camcorder market. It has a compact design that is smaller than many similarly-priced camcorders and its set of features is extensive and impressive.

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Samsung HMX-R10 Full-HD Digital Camcorder


Do you remember the days where the personal camcorder had to sit up on your shoulder? Perhaps the large VHS tapes which you had to use to record the world around you in video? Well it seems those large and clunky video recorders of the past are...

Touch Screen LCD ; Small and Ergonomic Design ; Full HD Recording Capabilities ; HDMI output ; Built-in Software

Proprietary USB cable ; Not Great For Shaky Hands

Personally I am not a big fan of video (and not just because of my shaky hands), but I have enjoyed using the Samsung HMX-R10 camcorder to its full extent. If you are in the market for a compact, Full-HD camcorder, I do recommend taking a look at the...

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Amazon review summary for Samsung HMX-R10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Samsung HMX-R10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Product Specifications

This ultra-compact camcorder adds an extra level of comfort to every shot you take. Its ergonomic design makes it easy to grip and hold long enough to catch that special memory in full high definition. And the 2.7" touch screen gives you a great view to make sure it's all captured. Forgot your camera at home? You can also take high-quality 9-megapixel digital still photos and then flip through them on your HDTV with family and friends.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

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/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-3.7
Max Focal Length:34mm
Min Focal Length:6.8mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:9Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:5.3Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:9.15Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 1/2.33"/1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type: None