Samsung VP-HMX10 Progressive HD Camcorder

The Good Simple operation. Very light. Small and easy to carry.

The Bad Cheap construction. Awful hand-strap. 720p only.

The Bottom Line The HMX10 makes a decent entry-level HD camcorder — with an awful lot of limitations.

Editors' Rating
7.7 Overall

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Review

Samsung VP-HMX10 Progressive HD Camcorder

Design
The big thing most people will notice about the HMX10 is how relatively small it is. Samsung's crammed the whole unit into a body that measures in at a measly 61.5x67.5x117.5mm. We've tested camcorders whose lens barrels were larger than the entire HMX10 itself. This, combined with its 310g carrying weight, makes it a very easy camcorder to throw into a bag and have with you at most times, increasing its spontaneity value.

We'd like to say that the small size also makes it easy to carry around in your hand, but sadly, this isn't true. If you've held a few camcorders — we'd suggest you hold more than a few, if even only to work out what feels right in your hand — you can't help but be struck by how relatively cheap and flimsy the HMX10 feels once you do pick it up. Things don't start well with the cheap vinyl hand-strap, but the rest of the camera body doesn't exactly inspire confidence either. We weren't brave enough to try it during our test period, but we'd suggest that dropping the HMX10 would be a rather bad idea.

Features
While tape, DVD and hard drives cling grimly to life, it's becoming increasingly clear that flash storage is rather quickly becoming the format of choice for camcorders, and the HMX10 isn't about to buck that trend, with 8GB of on-board flash memory. That might seem a touch anaemic for HD storage purposes, but the HMX10 also supports SDHC flash cards, although one is not provided with the camera.

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