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.
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.
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