Thursday, February 17, 2011
Posted by Don Tolson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM
Product Category: Handheld HD Camcorder
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $245 USD
System Requirements: SD or SDHC memory card required; suggested 8G minimum.
Specifications: NTSC/PAL recording to 5MP CMOS sensor; 10x optical, 100x digital zoom; 2.7 in (68.5mm) touch LCD screen; auto/manual focus; comes with built-in Intelli-Studio software for PC. Full specs are here.
- Able to record in full (1080i) HD (1920x1080) using h.264 format;
- Small and lightweight -- easily fits into a pocket or purse;
- Can take photos 'on the fly' without having to switch out of video mode.
- Have to open up the screen to use the camera;
- Can't see HD results without purchasing a separate mini-HD cable or downloading to the PC;
- May be able to hear zoom and autofocus mechanisms in quiet situations.
Summary: The days of tape for video recording have long disappeared -- replaced by small, handheld devices which record directly to memory cards. The earliest versions gave us convenience, but only standard (480p) resolution, but now we are starting to see even smaller cameras which are capable of full HD recording. The HMX-T10 is Samsung's latest offering -- combining full HD capability with simple, lightweight operation. Read more...