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Samsung HMX-R10 - Software and Verdict

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

9

The R10 follows the trend set by many pocket internet camcorders, as its editing software is built into the device itself. The Intelli-studio app loads onto your desktop computer when you plug the camcorder in via USB. Compared to some built-in editing apps, the features are quite extensive. Not only do you get the requisite abilities to upload files to YouTube and Flickr, or email video, but there is also a reasonable selection of editing capabilities on offer.

You can trim and apply filters to your clips, and add transitions between them. The latter can be customised and their duration varied, which is more control than usually found with this sort of software. You can also add titles and soundtracks. For many occasional video users, Intelli-studio could be all the video editing software they ever need.

The USB port also doubles as an AV output, providing both component and composite analogue video connectivity. The same component cable provides the two signals, with one of the RCA video plugs also carrying the composite output. There's a mini HDMI connection available, too, but no cable is supplied.

Verdict

The Samsung HMX-R10 boasts decent image quality and some useful manual features to lift it above the level of other pocket internet camcorders. But, most amazingly, it can be purchased for just £230. At this price, all of its shortcomings can be forgiven. In fact, this low cost makes it an absolute bargain. If you're on a tight budget and are currently wondering whether you can afford a fully featured HD camcorder, wonder no more.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Value 10
  • Features 8
  • Design 8

KB

May 17, 2010, 4:05 pm

If only they'd spent a few pence adding a mic socket...

Peter 20

May 17, 2010, 6:26 pm

Having owned this little cam for almost a year now (shows you how on-time these reviews are.. wink wink) I must say it's a nice little cam the picture quality is good and I love the fact that it's small enough to carry around in your pocket. The only complains I have about it is 1. it does not have a regular hand strap, so it feels as if it's going to fall out of your hand all the time, and 2. the whole angle lens is a solid pain to get use to, don't be surprised if the first few videos you make will be mostly of the sky.

cliche

May 17, 2010, 11:55 pm

the image stabiliser doesn't really look that good

James Morris

May 18, 2010, 1:18 am

Yes, unbelievably Samsung only sent us this camcorder a few weeks ago. But as it's still available and a very good deal, we thought we'd review it anyway.

Peter 20

May 18, 2010, 6:04 pm

Cliche, The image stabilizer is a bit on the shakey side, it's good when you want to zoom in on something far away but then you really really have to try hard to keep a steady hand. When you zoomed all the way in it takes about a second for the stabilizer to lock-in, once it's locked in it does just a good enough job to reduce any small unintended handshaking. It will definitely NOT work when recording while you walk.

cliche

May 18, 2010, 11:28 pm

thanks for the info Peter !

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