Get a 1080p camcorder bundle for $59.99

The Samsung HMX-U10 is a refurb, but it comes with both a 4GB SD card and a carrying case. It's not as feature-packed as some models, but it's only 60 bucks!

The Samsung HMX-U10 records 1080p video and comes with a 4GB memory card and carrying case.
The Samsung HMX-U10 records 1080p video and comes with a 4GB memory card and carrying case. Geeks.com

It was barely a week ago that I wrote up the Creative Vado HD pocket camcorder, which shoots 720p video. Now, for the same price, you can score a model that delivers 1080p.

Geeks.com has the Samsung HMX-U10 pocket camcorder for $59.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code woot at checkout. You also get a 4GB SD card and a carrying case.

The snazzy red HMX-U10 records 1,920-by-1,080 video at 30 frames per second. It sports a 2-inch LCD, built-in microphone and speaker, and onboard video-editing software.

In short, it compares favorably with the Creative and Flip pocket cams, at least on paper. What the HMX-U10 lacks is a built-in USB connector, an HDMI output (it does have a composite/component connector), and any kind of image-stabilization technology.

This last is something to think about. Although CNET hasn't reviewed the HMX-U10, many of the user reviews I've read suggest that you need to hold this camcorder rock-steady to get good video. You also need abundant lighting--shooting indoors can produce murky images (which is true of many camcorders).

The product specs mention compatibility only with Windows machines, but because the HMX-U10 records in the MPEG-4 format, videos should play fine on a Mac. Do keep in mind, however, that playing 1080p video requires a decent amount of horsepower. If you have an older, slower system, playback might look jerky.

Given how quickly the aforementioned Vado sold out, there's a good chance the HMX-U10 will as well. I wouldn't classify this as a top-of-the-line pocket camcorder (its specs notwithstanding), but it is one of the best deals I've ever seen on a 1080p model.

Update: I originally noted that this model was new, but it's actually refurbished, with a 90-day warranty. My apologies for the error.

 

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