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Samsung HMX-QF30
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Samsung HMX-QF30 Camcorder

5.1MP 1/4 178.4g Feb 2013
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23 Reasons For

Samsung Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Whilst Samsung is one of the better rated video camera brands according to average expert and user reviews, Samsung has unexceptional reviews specifically within its medium sensor size camcorders range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF30, the HMX-QF30 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HMX-QF30 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HMX-QF30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The Samsung HMX-QF30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HMX-QF30 the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Samsung HMX-QF30 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. This camcorder also supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-QF30.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The HMX-QF30 has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HMX-QF30. Most of the camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF30 only have one USB 2.0 port, however this video camera has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HMX-QF30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-QF30.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The HMX-QF30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Samsung video camera.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-QF30 is 1.1, the highest is 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2. With a minimum aperture of only 1.8, the Samsung HMX-QF30 has one of the lower minimum apertures amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Samsung HMX-QF30 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. This Samsung video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HMX-QF30. The cable included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most commonly found image format on comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The average video recording time of medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF30 is 12h, and the video recording times range from 0.016h to 94h. With a video recording time of 1.67 hours, the HMX-QF30 has one of the longer video recording times amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Small

At only 52.45 millimeters, the HMX-QF30 is quite small compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF30. Across all the video cameras of this type and age the heights range from 17mm to 240mm.

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Small

At only 42.8 millimeters, the Samsung HMX-QF30 is fairly small compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-QF30. Across all the video cameras that were released more than two years ago the widths range from 17mm to 270mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-QF30 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Samsung HMX-QF30 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic HS900 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Battery Life

Video cameras of this type and age have battery lifes of between 1.1h and 8,700h, and the average battery life is 580h. The HMX-QF30 has one of the shorter battery lifes (only 1.44 hours) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age.

If this medium sensor size camcorder battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung HMX-F90 ($333.93) (1.67h) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HMX-QF30 is 1.5", the largest is 4", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HMX-QF30 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst camcorders of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including the Sony HDR-CX440 ($278.99), the Samsung HMX-F90 ($333.93), or the Canon Vixia HF M32 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530 (3" and higher rated).

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Samsung HMX-QF30 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 1.75 megapixels) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The average megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HMX-QF30 is 6.5MP, and the megapixel counts range from 1.3MP to 16MP.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of only 1.75 megapixels, the HMX-QF30 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-QF30. Comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HMX-QF30 have movie megapixel counts of between 0.49MP and 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.9MP.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF30, the HMX-QF30 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Philips CAM150 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Samsung HMX-QF30 does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-PJ330.

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Not Waterproof

Most medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HMX-QF30 are not waterproof. The Samsung HMX-QF30 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Samsung HMX-QF30 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 is also worth considering.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The HMX-QF30 has a quite low display resolution (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Video cameras of this age and type have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

At 38.4 millimeters, the HMX-QF30 has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HMX-QF30. Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF30 the minimum focal lengths range from 1.8mm to 40mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Samsung HMX-QF30

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Samsung released the HMX-QF30.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Samsung HMX-QF30 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ240 (27x).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the HMX-QF30 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-QF30.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Samsung HMX-F90 ($333.93) (130x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The HMX-QF30 has a fairly standard weight (178.4 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX260 (205g).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
The Windows Operating System

Expert Reviews

8 June 2014

Có m?c giá kho?ng 250£, Samsung HMX-QF30 ng?c nhiên v?i tính n?ng Wi-Fi, ?n ??nh hình ?nh quang h?c và c?m bi?n 1/4 inch. Vì v?y, m?c dù các thi?t l?p cho nh?ng ng??i ?am mê không khá...

Affordable Full HD videocapture solution
WiFi connectivity with Ustream
Compact, easy to hold and operate
Good image quality for the price
Optical image stabilisation
Average video quality
Unresponsive touchscreen
WiFi, smartphone app quirks
Limited manual settings
No zoom rocker

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxqf30, hmxqf30w, hmxqf30b, hmxqf30wp, hmxqf30bn, hmxqf30bp, hmxqf30bpedc, hmxqf30wpedc, samsung hmxqf30, samsung hmxqf30w, samsung hmxqf30b, samsung hmxqf30bp, samsung hmxqf30wp, samsung hmxqf30wpx, samsung hmxqf30bpx, samsung hmxqf30wpxe, samsung hmxqf30bpxe, samsung hmxqf30wpxeu, samsung hmxqf30bpxeu
Barcodes 00887276007267, 00887276007892, 08806085281226, 08806085293113, 08806085414006, 08806085438170

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