Samsung HMX-QF30 HD Camcorder Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 6.5
      • Features
      • 8
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 6
      • Expandability
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.10
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Left-and right-handed operation
    • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Cons

    • Lousy resistive touchscreen
    • Mediocre image quality
    • Slow autofocus

Quick Take

The Samsung HMX-QF30 is a dedicated camcorder device that features Wi-Fi connectivity, but doesn't offer much more than the average smartphone camera.

The Samsung HMX-QF30 is a mid-range HD camcorder with optical image stabilization, 20x optical zoom and Wi-Fi. The device is 4.1 x 1.5 x 1.1 inches and weighs 7.5 ounces. DigitalCameraReview noted the device is not rugged. It has a traditional oblong shape with lens and cover in the front and basic and simple controls in the back. It also has a hand strap and is designed for both right and left-handed users. It accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards up to 64GB.

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DCR found the HMX-QF30 is easy to hold and the record/picture button is easily accessible. The device has a manual lens cap, which DCR noted is annoying. The camcorder has a 2.7-inch display with 230,000 pixels. The display is bright enough to see on bright days. The display is also touch-enabled with resistive touch technology, which requires users to apply pressure to register commands. DCR noted the touch capabilities don’t work very well and are frustrating at times.

The HMX-QF30 has three shooting modes including smart auto, manual and Art Film. Users can set resolution for video and stills. DCR noted the HMX-QF30 has an “impressive set of options.” DCR said the HMX-QF30 performs as well as expected for its class. Reviewers noted smart auto mode is acceptable for all shooting situations. DCR said the autofocus is slow, as is the power-up time. Video, stills and audio quality is sub-par and DCR found video lacks detail, has drab color and areas are easily overexposed.  DCR also said stills are “barely acceptable” and audio pick-up is “pretty bad.”

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The HMX-QF30 ships with a removable battery, power adapter, USB cable and AV cable.  The HMX-QF30 does not come with an HDMI cable. DCR noted the Wi-Fi feature works as advertised and allows users to upload directly to YouTube, Picasa and Facebook. Users can also use Samsung Mobile Link to migrate images and videos to other Samsung devices and users can stream to HDTVs via DLNA. DCR was able to successfully use Samsung Mobile Link.  Users with a Ustream account can also broadcast live.

In the end, DCR said the Samsung HMX-QF30 is “tough to recommend.” DCR was impressed with the left and right-handed operation and Wi-Fi connectivity, but was disappointed in the lousy touchscreen, mediocre image quality and slow autofocus. DCR said the HMX-QF30 “doesn’t offer enough to justify the price of a dedicated device,” especially considering most smartphones can do all of the same things and include many of the same features. The HMX-QF30  is priced at $300 at the time of the review.

Check out DigitalCameraReview for a full Samsung HMX-QF30 review, including performance, sample shots, and specs.

 


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