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"The Ultimate Family Camcorder" is a tough bill to fit, but Samsung takes a stab with the HMX-H300 camcorder.

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Pros

Drag-and-drop from SD card is convenient, no-conversion method of uploading to PC

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HD quality remains consistent over the range of zoom

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HD Time-lapse feature increases creative capacity, not included on all HD camcorders of this range, easy to use

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30x zoom is higher than many cameras in this price range

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Cons

LCD screen rather hard to see in direct sunlight

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Image stabilization at high zoom is worse than competitors' products, e.g. Panasonic, Canon

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Still image quality is grainy

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Lacks a lamp that some competitors in this price range include - as a result, use in low light produces poor quality video

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Zoom and autofocus produce sounds that the mic easily picks up, potentially obscuring intended sounds

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"The Ultimate Family Camcorder" is a tough bill to fit, but Samsung takes a stab with the HMX-H300 camcorder, featuring a CMOS BSI sensor, an impressive zoom, a 3" touch screen, and automated, time-saving features that make it an investment for consumers who want to shoot quality family videos. The HMX-H300 features a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor with BSI (Back Side Illumination) and greater sensitivity for better shooting in low-light conditions. It offers a 30x optical zoom, records in 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 high definition video, and includes a 3" touch screen with brilliant display and easy interface. Several features make the H300 an ideal choice for home video, including up to 3 hours of battery time; Face Detection, which keeps up to 6 faces in the shot in focus at all times; Smart Auto, to automatically optimize camera settings to the shooting conditions; Record Pause, to let users pause while filming; and OIS Duo (Optical Image Stabilization) technology for clearer, more stable footage. Users also have the option to shoot still photos from the HMX-H300.

Features:
  • 5 Megapixel CMOS BSI (Back Side Illuminated) sensor
  • 30x Optical zoom
  • Shoots 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 HD video
  • 3" Touch screen with bright display and easy interface
  • Up to 3 hours of battery time
  • Face Detection keeps up to 6 faces in focus at all times
  • Smart Auto detects lighting and automatically optimizes camera settings
  • Record Pause lets users pause and resume footage in the same file
  • OIS Duo (Optical Image Stabilization) technology
  • Still photo option
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