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Samsung SMX-F34

alaTest has collected and analyzed 248 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the memory and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good opinions, but many are critical about the reliability and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SMX-F34 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung SMX-F34 (red)

 

Aside from design, what separates pocket minicamcorders like the Flip from camcorders like the Samsung SMX-F34 is not video quality, but optical zoom and storage capacity. The F34 features 16GB of internal memory as well as an SDHC card slot for...

Comfortable, compact design; 34x zoom lens; 16GB internal memory; good audio quality; relatively easy to operate.

Slow autofocus performance; long zoom lens lacks optical image stabilization.

The Samsung SMX-F34 is a serviceable inexpensive standard-definition camcorder, but the money goes more to storage and the megazoom lens than to video quality.

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Samsung SMX-F34 Review

 

Budget digital camcorders are often on people's shopping list, especially with the holiday season approaching fast. The Samsung SMX-F34 falls into that category, being under $300. This digital camcorder does come with some nice features, but it also...

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Great camera for the money and simple to use!

 

This camera is a great value for the money. In addition, it is very easy to use and it doesn't require the constant shuffling and fumbling of tapes or DVDs. If you have any computer skills whatsoever, you will be able to quickly and easily upload your...

Expandable SDHC card slot, easy to use, good size LCD view screen, compact, and cheap

Standard definition, no nighttime mode (that I am aware of), focus is kind of slow

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"Great camera for the money and simple to use!"

 

This camera is a great value for the money. In addition, it is very easy to use and it doesn't require the constant shuffling and fumbling of tapes or DVDs. If you have any computer skills whatsoever, you will be able to quickly and easily upload your...

Expandable SDHC card slot, easy to use, good size LCD view screen, compact, and cheap!

Standard definition, no nighttime mode (that I am aware of), focus is kind of slow.

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Amazon review summary for Samsung SMX-F34

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 user reviews of Samsung SMX-F34 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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86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung SMX-F34 Flash Memory Camcorder w/16GB Memory & 42x Intelli-Zoom (Blue)Samsung SMX-F34 Flash Memory Camcorder w/16GB Memory & 42x Intelli-Zoom (Blue)Samsung SMX-F34 Flash Memory Camcorder w/16GB Memory & 42x Intelli-Zoom (Black)

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Nice little camera

 

I first thought this camera was going to be a cute little kick around camera... good for taking to the park for shots of the kids playing, etc... it does more than I thought... the only issue I have is the battery length... you can record up to 8 hours...

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not bad at all

 

I noticed the battery cannot be charged via USB/computer. Mot my electronics can nowadays so it's a shame you need the charger cord for this. All-in-all i'd recommend this, ive seen MUCH worse camcorders for about this price. This is a good selection...

Very good quality ; Easy to learn controls ; Easy to hook up to USB on computer ; Long lasting battery ; Strong microphone ; Decent picture quality

Sometimes while indoors, I noticed it has trouble focusing. It will constantly autofocus which can be annoying. Doesn't seem to happen nearly as much outside

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SAMSUNG SMX-F34RN Red 1/6" CCD 2.7" LCD 34X Optical Zoom 16GB Digital Memory Camcorder

 

Works fine. The horizontal lines the other guy is complaining about is interlacing. There is a setting in your decoding software on your computer that will fix it, deinterlacing. Also you can play the videos through your AV cable to your tv and there...

Instruction manual states MAX file size is 1.8gb. So this is why it will stop recording an hour in, just hit record again and you can merge the files on your PC after

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Wonderful Camcorder!

 

This is the best small camcorder I have every had. It is light and you can just drop it in your purse and go. I use my camcorder for taking pictures also it is easy to use. Awesome product!

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Very Good

 

Its so Clear i think the next best thing is an HD camcorder

Small, Light, Easy to use, portable ; I bought this cam..well its brother I have the SMX-F33 which is the one with 8GB internal ; I love this camera it looks better than my moms JVC ; Very Clear and very flexible ; I used this to record family moments...

No Water Proof casing yet...just nit picking ; The Still shots are not good but its not a DSLR camera its a camcorder

Product Specifications

You never know when you'll be called upon to capture that special moment. The F34 camcorder has an amazing 16 GB of internal memory for 8 hours of recording so you don't miss anything. It also includes built-in memory and 42x intelli-zoom for a powerful zoom with quality images. And with an optimized mode for YouTube, it's easy to upload and share your memories with everyone.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung IA-BP85ST

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:9.5oz
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:Beach / Flowing water / Food / Hi-speed shutter / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:SMX-F34
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-4.3
Max Focal Length:78.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:34
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.48Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:460Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:1200
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Cosmetic / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia / Stepprinting
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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