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Samsung HMX-W300
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Samsung HMX-W300 Camcorder

5MP 1/3.3 137g Mar 2012
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21 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camcorder received an expert rating of 70% from agdlab.pl.

Good Brand

We assessed average ratings for each camcorder brand and found that whilst Samsung has good average ratings across all video cameras, Samsung has unexceptional ratings specifically for its medium sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this age and type.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-W300, the HMX-W300 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30, and the Philips CAM150 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HMX-W300, the HMX-W300 is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Rollei Movieline Live 100, and the Toshiba Camileo S40 is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HMX-W300 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Rollei Movieline Live 100, and the Toshiba Camileo X150 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/3.3" Optical Sensor Size

The HMX-W300 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3.3". That's 13% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.88". Camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HMX-W300 optical sensor sizes range from 2/3" to 1/1.3".

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

This camcorder supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on camcorders of this age and spec. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HMX-W300 has a built-in display. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-W300 also have a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ50, the Toshiba Camileo BW10, or the Olympus LS-20M ($490.07) which has better reviews.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HMX-W300 is more than most camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Samsung HMX-W300 is more than most medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this age and spec. The cable included "AV" is also found on this Samsung video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Light

At only 137 grams, the HMX-W300 is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HMX-W300. Across all the camcorders that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 76g to 2.8kg.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

The shortest video recording time of comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 0.016h, the longest is 94h, and the average video recording time is 12h. The HMX-W300 has one of the longer video recording times (2 hours) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Very Small

The smallest video camera of this spec and age is 15mm deep, the biggest is 460mm, and the average depth is 100mm. With a depth of only 17.8 millimeters, the HMX-W300 is one of the smaller video cameras of this age and spec amongst video cameras of this age.

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Frame Rate

When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HMX-W300 that we have checked, the maximum frame rate of the Samsung HMX-W300 of only 25 frames per second is one of the slowest. Across all the medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HMX-W300 the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 42fps.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. When compared to other medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the optical zoom of, the HMX-W300's optical zoom of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Zoom Q2HD (4x), or the Samsung HMX-R10 (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the HMX-W300 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-W300. Across all the medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the CamOne Fly Cam One (4x and higher rated), or the easypix DVC5227 (4x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HMX-W300 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at including the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic or the CamOne Fly Cam One.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HMX-W300 the screen sizes range from 1.5" to 4", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of only 2.3 inches, the Samsung HMX-W300 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HMX-W300.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam ($187.95) (2.4"), or the Sony HDR-CX240 ($199.99) (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Video Capturing Speed

The lowest video capturing speed of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-W300 is 25fps and the highest is 60fps. The video capturing speed of the HMX-W300 of only 25 frames per second is one of the lowest amongst video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-W300.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HMX-W300 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-W300 are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000E both from Panasonic or the Philips CAM150.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years do not have a night mode. The HMX-W300 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Panasonic HDC-SD90, or the Sony HDR-PJ330 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HMX-W300, the HMX-W300 is not waterproof.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95), or the GE DV1.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HMX-W300 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HMX-W300 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25, or the Sony HDR-PJ240.

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1 Other reason to consider the Samsung HMX-W300

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Samsung released the HMX-W300.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
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
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Minimum System Requirement

Expert Reviews

(1)
10 June 2013

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Inexpensive
Small and easy to hold
Simple user interface
Build quality
Ease of use
Poor to average image quality
Auto share isn't exactly auto share
Less than attractive design
Stills could be better
Video effects reduce resolution

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxw300, hmxw300r, hmxw300y, hmxw300b, hmxw300yp, hmxw300bp, hmxw300rp, hmxw300ypedc, hmx-w300yp/edc, samsung hmxw300, samsung hmxw300r, samsung hmxw300rp, samsung hmxw300rn, samsung hmxw300rpe, samsung hmxw300rnx, samsung hmxw300rnxa, samsung hmxw300rped, samsung hmxw300rpedc, samsung hmxw300rnxaa
Barcodes 08806071937977, 08806071968605, 08806071968636

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