The Good Relatively sharp video; manual exposure controls; can focus fairly closely.
The Bad Sluggish autofocus; exposure problems; mediocre low-light quality and performance; no hardware image stabilization; annoying touch screen; potential software problems.
The Bottom Line Despite an attractive price and some decent features, the frustrations of the Samsung SC-HMX10 outnumber its rewards.
Samsung takes some interesting turns to deliver its semibudget-priced, flash-based HD camcorder. On one hand, the SC-HMX10 seems to offer quite a bit for the money, including 720p video, 8GB built-in memory, manual exposure controls, and a microphone input, all in a diminutive package. On the other hand, you can see where they cut the corners to achieve the aggressive price, primarily by neglecting optical image stabilization, eschewing 1080i video, and using a small 1/4.5-inch sensor.
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