Samsung HMX-W200 Waterproof Video Camera Review

Samsung HMX-W200

The Samsung HMX-W200 is Samsung’s most recent product in the pocket sized video camera market. This waterproof and dust-proof camera is in direct competition with the Kodak Zx5, offering durability at a low price point. So how does the HMX-W200 stack up? Read on to find out.

Samsung HMX-W200Key Specs For The Samsung HMX-W200

Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Display Size: 2.4”
Built-in Memory: 8GB
Battery Life: 1 hour
Dimensions: 1 x 2 x 4

Samsung HMX-W200: The Pros

Video Quality: The HMX-W200 produces good quality footage. It can’t compete with high-end products like the Olympus LS-20M, and if you want truly HD quality footage you’ll need to fork out several hundred dollars for a semi-professional camcorder, but for regular use the image quality is good enough. The HMX-W200 also performs slightly better in low light conditions than its close rivals thanks to its larger aperture.

Size: As expected of a video camera in the pocket size range, this camera is small. It’s also very light, which makes it easy to take with you wherever you go. You won’t have to leave this at home because nobody wants to carry it!

Waterproof: One of the great features of the HMX-W200, also shared by the Kodak Zx5, is that it’s waterproof. This means that you can take the HMX-W200 up to three meters underwater for up to half an hour at a time. As with any device, if you plan to use it in sea water you should give it a thorough soak in fresh water afterwards. This prevents excessive build-up of salt that can interfere with any product’s correct functioning.

Durability: The HMX-W200 is able to withstand drops of 5 feet. This makes it ideal for the casual user who won’t necessarily want to worry over a fragile product, and also means leaving it with the kids isn’t such a risk.

Pause Button: A feature that seems unique to the HMX-W200 is its pause button. Whilst it seems like a fairly insignificant point, the pause button does actually prove very useful. While it’s usually necessary to stop recording completely before starting again, the pause button means you don’t have to. As a result, footage isn’t split into multiple files, but remains part of a single file that contains pauses.

Software Requires No Installation: The video editing software that comes with the HMX-W200 doesn’t need to be installed onto your computer before it can be used. It simply runs straight off the device once it’s plugged into your computer. This helps to keep things simple, and is also a time saver.

HMX-W200 Samsung Multi Proof Camcorder
This is a review of Samsung´s new Multi Proof W200 camcorder. W200 camcorder is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. So users can enjoy filming in any circumstances! HMX-W200 carries -Waterproof (up to 3m) -Dustproof -Shockproof -BSI CMOS sensor -F2.2 bright AF lens -Aqua Mode -Built-in USB -1920×1080/30p HD -Record Pause -Smart Filter And more ! Provided by Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd. Product design and specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The recording time may change depending on the recording environment and interval. The release color of the product may differ by location.

Samsung HMX-W200Samsung HMX-W200: The Cons

Durability: Whilst the HMX-W200 can withstand drops and be taken underwater, it’s also advertised as dust-proof. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that it can be taken to the beach or into other very dusty environments, as both its speaker and microphone holes can end up with sand and dust lodged inside.

Low Light Performance: Although the low light performance is better than some rivals, that still doesn’t make it great. Reduced sharpness and a visible graininess persist, making this a bad choice if you intend to use your video camera in low light conditions often.

No 60 fps Recording Option: Many pocket-sized video cameras offer higher frame-rate recording options at slightly lower resolutions. This can be useful if you want to capture any kind of motion in greater detail, and also makes footage appear much smoother. However, Samsung opted to leave this feature out, giving some rival products a slight edge in this respect.

Sound: Sound quality on the HMX-W200 is poor. Not only is the recording not all that clear, but playback reveals two strange background sounds: a hiss, which also occurs on the Kodak Zx5, but also a strange lower noise. If you’re hoping to capture reasonable audio, then this device will disappoint you.

Memory Support: Unlike most portable devices which support SD and SDHC cards, the HMX-W200 only supports microSD and microSDHC cards. These cards are small and can be both fiddly and easy to lose. However, the real irritation is just that it means buying another kind of media storage besides the more common standard size SD cards.

An additional factor to consider is that you’ll need a class 6 or above microSD / microSDHC card. The more common classes 2 and 4 are insufficient for HD media recording.

Poor Still Image Capture: Most pocket-sized video cameras offer some kind of still image capture, and the HMX-W200 is no exception. However, the quality is very poor, offering nothing better than average smartphone image quality. What’s more annoying is how slow the device is to respond to still image capture: there is significant lag between pressing the button and the actual image capture, meaning that it’s difficult to capture any sort of action with this device.

Is The Samsung HMX-W200 Worth Buying?

The Samsung HMX-W200 isn’t a bad device, especially for its price. While it has many shortcomings, and lacks the image quality of its pricier rivals, it is a tough video camera that should last you a while. The sound is certainly problematic, but for basic use it’s still an acceptable choice. It certainly has a place in the pocket-sized video camera market.

Samsung HMX-W200 Waterproof HD Recording with 2.4-inch LCD Screen (Red)
publisher: Samsung
ASIN: B004W81AI2
EAN: 0036725304185
sales rank: 218
Samsung HMX-W200
Samsung W200 Water Proof Camcorder with CMOS Sensor (Red)

 

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