Summary: I will try and update this as I learn about all the features of this camera. Let's start with resolution. I have not figured out how to record at 1080p. The resolution settings go up to 1080i and then start to extrapolate to higher resolutions(I suspect all but brand new computers will have problems with this.) The video quality is the best of all the cameras I have tried.
Summary: I've been using the Samsung R10 to shoot my short movies for a over a year now. It's done me very well and has great resolution, a sort-of decent battery life, and quite user-friendly. But there is one thing, that drives me crazy: The upward-angled lens. Why? Who on Earth thought of this? Many of the promotional videos I watched before purchasing claimed that this was done for 'ease of use'. Ease of use? Are you kidding me?
Conclusion: I wish to differ with the reviewer's recommended hold of the Sammy R10. It's not easier to hold cradled like a flashlight, unless you take up-skirt shots! The design is ergonomic, not just to be "quirky". Holding the recorder like a standard design, you don't need to cock your wrist back. You don't hold the lens 25 deg lower than subject; the lens stays straight. Just hold the camera in your palm, with zoom control covered by the thumb.
Summary: Great camera overall. I liked the size. I like the picture quality overall, but it is a little bit grainier than expected for HD. The one flaw is the shaky-ness of this camera. You need steady surgeon hands even with the "anti-shake" set to "on". In a perfect world I'd like the cameras to come with steady cam built in. Everyone is tired of the "shaky-cam effect" in movies as it is...I don't need my personal stuff to look like outtakes from CLOVERFIELD.
Summary: Given that this thing fits into a palm of your hand I must say its very good. But don't expect professional movie quality videos out of it. I also wish it had a regular hand strap rather then the little loop thing. The buttons under your thumb are almost impossible to operate with one hand without dropping the camera (and I have rather large hands).
Summary: Incredibly small! Good quality. Does NOT have a hand strap, uses a little wrist strap instead. It makes holding it much tougher and getting to the buttons as well. Lots of settings up to FULL 1080p, future proofing your purchase. I still have an excellent Sony MiniDV which can shoot standard definition in a 16:9 format and still think think AVCHD has a ways to go. If you have a bluray burner and player, then it's a no brainer.
Summary: For the price, this isn't a bad camera for the average person. If you intend to get a bit more serious, though, I would suggest you think about spending a bit more money. First, the good points: * Small and lightweight * Clear audio * Generally good quality video And the bad points: * No external mic input * Not very good in low light levels - loses detail and cannot be "rescued" in post processing. * Zoom does not go wide enough when compared to some other cameras.
A high def camcorder for amateurs.. UPDATED REVIEW
Amazon Customer "Mandella", Amazon
5 February 2010
Summary: Recommended amateur High Def recorder - for the price. Agreeing with most of the reviews here, its a fun little camcorder the main drawbacks I've found being: *It's not wide angled so even when zoomed right out you can't fit much into the picture unless your standing quite far back *The quality of still photos are really very poor (which is odd seeing as the video quality is so good) - but then you don't exactly buy a camcorder to take pictures do you.
Summary: Took some time researching HD flash camcorders as it appears this is the future format. Very impressive for the money. Light, easy to operate, with excellent features. OK, it`s not for pros, but I`m very much a newbie and love it! Why only 4 stars? Cannot playback on my HD tv or Acer laptop, so only viewable on its 2.7" LCD screen, despite it allegedly being able to! If you can put up with that a first class HD camcorder.
Overall a pretty decent high definition camcorder.
Scott Houghton, Amazon
11 January 2010
Summary: I was looking for a hd camcorder for a while and came across this one whilst browsing. As far as ease of use, picture quality and extra features go, this camcorder seems to perform pretty well. + Comes with "Intelli Studio" Pc Video Editing Software + Nice 2.7" Touch Screen + Lightweight, easy to transport. The lens faces upwards at a 25 degreess, which means people who want to film with it on a flat surface should buy a mini tripod to go with it.