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Samsung SC-HMX10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative opinions about the color.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SC-HMX10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung SC-HMX10

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Samsung SC-HMX10 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.

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82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung SC-HMX10 8GB Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (SDHC compatible)

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Samsung SC-HMX10

 

Samsung takes some interesting turns to deliver its semibudget-priced, flash-based HD camcorder. On one hand, the SC-HMX10 seems to offer quite a bit for the money, including 720p video, 8GB built-in memory, manual exposure controls, and a microphone...

Relatively sharp video; manual exposure controls; can focus fairly closely

Sluggish autofocus; exposure problems; mediocre low-light quality and performance; no hardware image stabilization; annoying touch screen; potential software problems

Despite an attractive price and some decent features, the frustrations of the Samsung SC-HMX10 outnumber its rewards.

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Samsung SC-HMX10

 

Samsung's light and easy-to-use camcorder prepares for its close-up

Lightweight ; Easy-to-use design ; Captures moving subjects well

Slightly dull colors ; Low light detail and focus problems

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Samsung SC-HMX10 Camcorder Review

 

The SC-HMX10, released in 2007, is Samsung's first high-definition camcorder. Employing a 720P H.264 compression, the company is well behind the competition in its technology, but the SC-HMX10 has a certain appeal. The compact body, stylish curves, and...

The Samsung SC-HMX10 is clearly the leader in a burgeoning class of camcorders we might call "budget HD." That is to say, among those camcorders not made by Canon, Sony, and Panasonic - all of which hover near or above the $1,000 mark - the HMX10 is...

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Samsung SC-HMX10

 

The Samsung SC-HMX10 comes equipped with a single 1/4.5-inch CCD with a gross pixel count of 1,610,000. When shooting in adequate light, the image quality is better than expected. Samsung's track record has been less than stellar in standard...

Ease of use is one of the SC-HMX10's strengths, with one of the simplest menu systems we've seen. Most operation is performed via the touch screen LCD. Touch screens are clearly intuitive and great for beginners, but the accumulation of greasy...

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Samsung SC-HMX10

 

The SC-HMX10, released in 2007, is Samsung's first high definition camcorder. Employing a 720P H.264 compression, the company is well behind the competition in its technology, but the SC-HMX10 has a certain appeal. The compact body, stylish curves, and...

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Overall excellent experience

 

I like the camera. If i could do it all over again i would buy it. for the price you can't beat it. I didn't see any other hd camera in the $300 range. so you get what you pay for, i am sure i could have gotten a more expensive camera, but i am sure...

I use the camera for my websites inteviews on chiground.com ; outdoor pictures were excellent ; easy to learn how to use ; easy edit functions (event though i don't use them) ; once i found a format converter there was not problem with the footage

It records in mp4 which doesn't really play that well on my pc no matter what program i used ; the indoor shots require a ton of light ; inaccurate lcd screen appears brighter which makes it hard to judge some shots ; the touch screen small buttons

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"Overall excellent experience"

 

I like the camera. If i could do it all over again i would buy it. for the price you can't beat it. I didn't see any other hd camera in the $300 range. so you get what you pay for, i am sure i could have gotten a more expensive camera, but i am sure...

I use the camera for my websites inteviews on chiground.com

It records in mp4 which doesn't really play that well on my pc no matter what program i used.

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"Great Camera For The Money!"

 

Outstanding, entry-level HD camera for the money. Other cameras cost double the price in many cases.

Vivid, sharp colors. Lightweight and very mobile.

Unable to really record indoors with minimal light. Requires a lot of artificial light indoors to record correctly.

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Great Camera For The Money!

 

Outstanding, entry-level HD camera for the money. Other cameras cost double the price in many cases.

Vivid, sharp colors. Lightweight and very mobile

Unable to really record indoors with minimal light. Requires a lot of artificial light indoors to record correctly

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"Best memory card based HD camcorder for the money."

 

I love it. The videos played through the HDMI on the HD flat panel look great.

Excellent 720P video. With Quicktime and ffdshow installed I was able to play the video right off of the memory card. Just change the file extension from MP4 to AVI. Sony Movie Studio did a great job of processing the video into any format.

It only has a 10X optical zoom. The digital zoom only works when the image stabilization system is off. If you don't like a touch screen to control a device you may not like it. Internal memory is slow to transfer files via the USB port vs SD-HC.

Product Specifications

Be prepared to capture that elusive moment anytime, anywhere with the SC-HMX10 High Definition Camcorder, It packs a 10x optical with 20x digital zoom and 1.5M pixel CCD with Electronic Image Stabilizer for remarkably clear pictures, viewed in the 2.7" LCD display. The memory can be expanded via the SD/MMC slot. It offers USB 2.0/ PictBridge for printing stills.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:720p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:2.7in
Weight:10.9oz
Width:2.4in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:SC-HMX10
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-4.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.5Mpix
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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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