Product Type: Samsung digital camcorders
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perfectly compact...for a while!
Member Name: mummyreviewer1
Advantages: compact, easy to use
Disadvantages: screen broke
When I became pregnant with my first daughter I really wanted to get a camcorder to record and document the life of our new baby but I didn't want anything huge and bulky or overly complicated as technology is not my strong point and I certainly don't want to spend ages reading the manual! When I saw this one it looked perfect for me as it was small enough to put in my bag and simple enough to use.
Design and aesthetics-
Its a pretty good looking camcorder with its shiny black plastic exterior and compact sleek body it fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and is easy to hold.
The lense is angled at 25 degrees upwards so to avoid any pain from wrist hooking as it forces you to hold it at a much more comfortable angle. It took a while to get the hang of how to hold it to film correctly but once you do its certainly a comfortable way to position your wrist.
On the side of the camcorder you have a flip out screen that rotates 360 degrees to allow you to see what you are filming from any angle and it easily pulls out and clicks back in.
Features and functions-
The R10 is the worlds smallest full HD camcorder so you get all the benefits of a clear HD image without the huge bulk of a regular camcorder. It was another factor that really appealed to me when buying the item.
The camcorder is capable of 8x zoom which is easily adjusted using a button on the top of the device pulling one way to zoom in and the other to zoom out. Simples! It zooms pretty well and it doesn't affect the image too much or make it too grainy.
The camera features face recoginition which I've not used but its a nice feature to have.
I really like that it has a rechargeable battery and lasts for up to 80 minutes of film time although I've found that 60 minutes is probably more like it. When charging there is a little light that shines to tell you its working properly.
The camcorder has a memory card slot that holds SD cards which means you can easily increase or change the amount of memory. Its easily accessible by sliding up the back section of the camera, this is also where the usb port is located.
The software for the camera is integrated so when you plug it into your laptop it automatically downloads which I found so muh easier than having to put a disc in!
Ease of use-
Like I mentioned before I'm not great with technology but I found it easy to navigate my way around the camcorder. The button to record is pretty obvious as it has a small red circle on and theres a joystick style button to easily navigate the menu to view your video's or delete them etc. I was really impressed with how simple it is to use.
Picture and sound quality-
For such a small camera the picture quality is fantastic even when viewed on a television screen. I've been really impressed with how clear the images despite me not having the steadiest of hands or the best of camera skills.
The sound quality is also pretty good too and its clear enough to tell whats going on or being said.
Whats in the box-
In the box you get the camcorder, the battery, charger, usb lead, pocket instruction guide and a strap for your wrist to avoid dropping the device.
Where and how much-
I bought the camera online and paid around £80 for it whilst it was on offer. Currently amazon sell it for around the £100 mark and I'm sure you could pick it up on ebay second hand cheaper if you look.
Overall I really liked the camera. Yes past tense as after not using it for all that long the side screen that allows you to see what you are viewing became temperamental and would suddenly stop working or go all fuzzy for no apparent reason even when fully charged which miffed me alot. Granted its not an expensive camera but from such a well known brand you expect it to last. I can still use it when it decides to work but to be honest I've given up as I get frustrated with it so I tend to just film on my ordinary digi cam or phone. I could probably easily get it fixed but its just one of things I need to get round to.
Assuming its just a fault with my camera its a great little starter camera perfect to slip in your bag and have on you for whenever the want to film arises. Its great for filming your family and documenting your life in an amateur fashion. Great for a techno no hope like myself and is easy to use I just wish the screen had held up better!
Summary: great if the screen didn't break
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