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Samsung F90BN
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Samsung F90BN Camcorder

5MP 1/3.2 220g CMOS Feb 2013
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The Samsung F90 will change the way you relive and share your memories. Get unbelievably close to the action from far away with the 52x optical zoom, and perfectly capture lifelike images with HD... More
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21 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This video camera received a rating of 80 out of 100 from expert review site digitalmediaandit.com. This means that experts are not that keen on this medium sensor size camcorder.

Good Product Quality

One customer considered that this camcorder was good quality. In November last year Digitalmediaandit.com said “It's picture quality is really outstanding when you view it on a computer or television” in their Samsung HMX-F90 review.

Samsung Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Samsung has unexceptional reviews for its medium sensor size video cameras, however it has good average reviews when measured across its entire video camera range.

Very Big Optical Zoom

Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-F90 the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x. When compared to other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HMX-F90 that we have assessed, the HMX-F90's optical zoom of 52 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-F90, the HMX-F90 has an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HMX-F90 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1/3.2" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HMX-F90 is 1/3.2". That's 81% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-F90 is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Samsung HMX-F90 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of this type and age support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HMX-F90.

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

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

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Lithium Battery

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

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Samsung HMX-F90 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HMX-F90. The scene modes "Beach", "Landscape", "Night portrait", "Snow" and "Sports" are also found on this video camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Samsung HMX-F90 has a greater number of photo effects than most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This camcorder has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-F90. The photo effects "Negative film" and "Sepia" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-F90, the HMX-F90 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-V515[plb_1286959_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has 1080p and 720p video modes, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of video cameras of this age and type range from 1.8 to 34. The HMX-F90 has one of the higher maximum aperture values (4.9) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Samsung HMX-F90 is more than most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of a similar age and type to the HMX-F90.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

At only 1.8, the Samsung HMX-F90 has a fairly low minimum aperture compared to most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The minimum apertures of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-F90 range from 1.1 to 6.8.

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CMOS Sensor Type

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

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Has Two Cables Included

The HMX-F90 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HMX-F90. The cable included "AV" is also found on this Samsung camcorder.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on camcorders of this type and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HMX-F90 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HMX-F90 do are Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-F90, the HMX-F90 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the EOS C100[pl_1983438_price], or the EOS C300[pl_1585371_price] both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Samsung HMX-F90 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HMX-F90. The screen sizes of medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HMX-F90 range from 1.5" to 4", and the average screen size is 2.8".

If you want a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-F90 is 0.49MP, the highest is 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.8MP. At only 0.921 megapixels, the HMX-F90 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Samsung HMX-F90 is 1600 x 1200. That's 7% less still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HMX-F90. This camcorder also support a still image resolution of 800 x 600 and 1280 x 720. Across all video cameras of this age and spec the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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Only Auto Shooting Mode

This camcorder has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode on comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HMX-F90, the HMX-F90 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-F90, the HMX-F90 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Samsung HMX-F90 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The HMX-F90 is not waterproof. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-F90 are also not waterproof.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

When compared to other medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-F90, the HMX-F90's minimum illumination of 15 lux is one of the biggest. The smallest minimum illumination of medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.3lx, the biggest is 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung F90BN

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Samsung camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 130 times zoom factor, the HMX-F90 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-F90.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 220 grams, the Samsung HMX-F90 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] (235g).

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Average Battery Life

At 1.67 hours, the HMX-F90 has a pretty typical battery life compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HMX-F90.

If this video camera battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HXR-MC2500E[plb_2750474_price] (4.75h).

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Average Video Recording Time

At 1.6 hours, the Samsung HMX-F90 has a relatively typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HMX-F90.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Lens Hood

Expert Reviews

(1)

The HMX-F90 is a fantastic little camcorder. It's picture quality is really outstanding when you view it on a computer or television, and for the price , I'd say it's a great bargain.For some... Read more…

Su facilidad de uso y su crculo de navegacin y botn de inicio de grabacin que estn en la pantalla
ZOOM OTTICO
Filmati HD
USB e HDMI
Que la distribucin de botones no es tan buena, activar el botn de fotografa o el de grabar video es algo incmodo
Risoluzione display
Risoluzione foto non elevatissima

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 6 November 2013 by LewisNight
LewisNight would recommend the Samsung HMX-F90 (Verified Purchase)

Easy to operate right out of the box, but make sure you charge the battery before you use it. The menu is easy to operate and navigate. The snapshot button is in a perfect place to use while... Read more…

Reviewed 1 April 2013 by Morpheus2000
(Verified Purchase)

The Sound is great. Design is beutifull. They weight is near to nothing (I almost can't feel when I have these phones on). The only drawback is that the cables transmit too much the rubbering on... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxf90, hmxf90w, hmxf90wp, samsung viprbhmxf90, samsung viprbhmxf90w, samsung viprbhmxf90wh, samsung viprbhmxf90whi, samsung viprbhmxf90whit, samsung viprbhmxf90white
Barcodes 00190341081292, 00887276013527, 05711045911965, 08806085277182, 08806085361089, 08806085393288, 08806085412644, 08806085421653, 08806085435865, 08806085574878

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