Samsung W200 - Image Quality and Verdict

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All other settings must be found via the menu system. You can toggle the face detection and image stabilisation. The latter is digital, and only mildly effective, but worth having nonetheless. There is a small selection of digital effects, but these are a little more adventurous than the usual fare. Alongside the ubiquitous negative and sepia options are settings to create a fisheye look and vignetting. There’s also backlight compensation available, which will be useful but we wish this was more directly accessible than through the menu. Scene modes are invoked automatically as the camcorder detects conditions, but you’re not given the option to choose these manually. There are no other settings available, not even a basic exposure control.
Samsung W200
As we predicted from the sensor specification, the W200’s image quality is its major strength. On paper, the CMOS is similar to those found in premium camcorders. Whilst the tiny lens means performance is merely good in bright conditions, detail and colour are commendable for a camcorder this price. However, low light abilities exceed even what we’ve come to expect from pocket Internet camcorders, which generally do better than their prices would imply. The image remains very bright down to poor levels of illumination, colour fidelity is maintained and there’s little sign of grain. This would be a good capability in any camcorder, but it’s essential in one aimed at shooting in the gloomy depths, and the W200 performs admirably.

Verdict

In many respects, Samsung’s W200 is just another toughened, waterproof pocket Internet camcorder. But it is equal to the best in its specifications in this area. It also offers the best performance in low light that we’ve seen in any camcorder costing under £100, making it particularly well suited to its intended aquatic shooting task. So, whilst it’s not exactly bursting with features, the W200 is an ideal companion if you want to grab footage during shallow scuba diving or just in difficult conditions where normal camcorders just aren’t tough enough.

Score in detail

  • Design 8
  • Image Quality 9
  • Features 6
  • Value 8
  • Perfomance 9

Image Processor

Image Sensor 1/3.2in BSI CMOS with 5Mpixels
Image Sensor Quantity 1

Lens Features

Optical Zoom (Times) 1x
Digital Zoom (Times) 3x

Video Recording

Recording Media Memory Card
Video Capture Format H.264 MP4
Max Video Res 1920 x 1080
Minimum Lux Rating (Lux) 5lx
Image Stabilisation Digital

General Features

LCD Screen Size (Inch) 2.3in
On-board Storage (Gigabyte) 0GB
On-board Microphone Stereo

A/V ports

HDMI Mini
USB 2.0 Yes
Audio / Video Out No
Audio / Video In No
External Microphone No

Physical Specifications

Weight (Gram) 0.14g
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