Here are my thoughts on Samsung’s HMX-U10 HD camcorder.PROS
1. Cheap to buy - even with a 16 GB SD memory card (class 6 or greater required)2. Well-made with a metal case
3. Available in a choice of snazzy colours4. Connects to most TVs using the supplied component/composite cable
5. Standard tripod adapter provided6. Software allows easy sharing of videos and photos on the Net
7. Affords an inexpensive way into full HD video (1920x1080)8. Time-lapse recording possible
9. Far better than most mobile phones for filming/photographing babies, children and animals10. Perfect for shirt pocket or handbag
CONS1. Low-light performance at dusk and/or indoors is poor. Images are dark & grainy
2. Device is awkward to hold, even for someone with average hands & dexterity3. Power adapter is small, very smooth and hard to remove from a wall socket. Awkward for gran.
4. No soft case supplied
5. No external mic input socket. So wind noise will always be intrusive. No headphone socket either.6. Onboard software, which can be disabled, only works with Windows PCs. But since U10 behaves like a USB mass storage device, importing its MP4 files into any computer should be easy enough.
7. U10 is an NTSC-based (USA/Japan) video device. Although it outputs PAL fine to a UK TV, editing the NTSC MP4 files produced by the camcorder could be problematic depending on the computer software used. For example - if Corel Video Studio Pro X2 has been installed as a PAL application it will not import NTSC files. I have also yet to find a video editing package that can render out MP4 files with the same parameters as those produced by the U10. This means rendering out to different formats, which takes longer and is less satisfactory. Maybe not a problem for most users. But if you plan to edit the U10’s files on your PC it’s something you should be aware of. In addition, I need hardly mention that you’ll require a pretty powerful PC to view and edit HD video files, regardless of type (m2t/m2ts) or of which camcorder produced them.In good light Samsung’s HMX-U10 is ideal for taking video clips and photographs, as keepsakes or for uploading raw to Youtube or Flickr etc. This is the product’s main purpose, which it fulfils well. When you also consider the unit’s solid construction, good backup support from Samsung UK and keen price, compared to the nearest competition (about forty quid less), U10 at once becomes irresistible - which is why I bought one.
But don’t expect this camcorder to shine in dim conditions - because it doesn’t. And be prepared for hassle when trying to edit those NTSC MP4 files on a computer.
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