Summary: I just received this camera today and have had a lot of fun playing around with it. I am NOT a techie, so this is not going to be a spec-filled review. These are just my first impressions. Pros: -Intuitive and very easy to use. I hardly looked at the setup instructions and was able to record and play back without any difficulty. -The slanted lens means you can hold the camera at an angle rather than horizontal.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder right before the birth of my son. The main purpose was to be able to film him and made DVDs for grandma. The files transfer easily to the pc. However no software that I can find will recognize the format; the only solution that I can find is to play it in real time into a DVD recorder that will burn the dvd directly. Not the most time effective solution. I understand if you want up load 10 minute videos to Utube etc it is really easy to do.
Summary: I purchased this camera before Christmas for a really great price. I was looking for a small camera for my family, something that I could take to Disney and carry all day w/out it being too heavy. This camera fit that description perfectly. It's very small, lightweight and easy to use! The only problem is a big one. It doesn't seem to stay in focus. My video goes from blurry to clear constantly which makes it very annoying for viewing and also for taping.
Summary: What I didn't like: I was a little disappointed in the clarity of the picture. I am also concerned that there is no lense cap or lense protection. It does not come will a printed full manual (it's on a disk). What I did like: It is fairly easy to use. It has the 'feel' of being well made (time will tell if it is).
Summary: My wife repeatedly wished for an inexpensive camcorder with a better zoom than our flip Ultra provided. This seemed like a good compromise and that's exactly what it is...a compromise. What we gained in functionality was offset by the user experience. The camera does indeed have a very useful optical zoom that comes in handy in situations where you can't get right next to your subject. Being able to zoom in closer allows for greater flexibility when shooting home movies.
Summary: I like this camcorder for its ease of use and angled design. The buttons and menus are fairly intuitive. Battery life is fair. Picture quality quickly deteriorates in low light (indoors). The most frustrating problem is that the MP4 file format apparently uses a proprietary codec which is complicated to work with. You have to download a codec so windows media player will play the file. I still have not managed to get corel videostudio x2 to import these files.
camera, not bad, shame about the memory card problem...
15 October 2010
Summary: a neat little camcorder + good value. BUT... works well...that is if you can get it to read the memory card. i wasted loads of time on this, including phoning Samsung customer services, they asked me to download some software for it, took 30mins + still didn't work, so had to have it repaired by their samsung repair centre. 2 weeks later, i now have a functioning camcorder. ok if you don't mind that hassle.
Summary: I have yet to properly explore this camcorder since I've had problems getting it working and wished to share the fix with others... When you first get the item, it will not recognise an SDHC card, but returns a card error warning, making the camcorder useless. After purchasing a second card to check, then requesting a replacement item, I found the replacement also returning this error.
Good camera if you get round the memory card problem
10 September 2010
Summary: First of all I would have given this 4 or 5 stars if it wasn't for the memory card problem which can be fairly easily solved. It's one of the few small cameras that has any optical zoom (10x) and good digital zoom (1200x). It seems to do everything it should and is very easy to use. Now the memory card problem. I ordered this with two 8GB Sandisk SDHC cards. Neither worked and gave a "card error" message.
Summary: The Bad: The image quality is acceptable in normal light. Don't expect to shoot acceptable videos in low light conditions, the built-in CCD is very small (1/6"). The build is all plastic and the controls are limited to the bare minimum. External connectors are limited to USB and AV out. The digital image stabilizer does not help much with stabilizing - at lest you can disable it. The autofocus have difficulties in low light.