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Samsung HMX-QF30
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Samsung HMX-QF30 Camcorder

5.1MP 1/4 178.4g Feb 2013
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22 Reasons For

Samsung Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 125 user and expert reviews for Samsung camcorders and found that on average Samsung has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. However we also found that Samsung has unexceptional ratings specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the HMX-QF30 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Sony HDR-CX130 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HMX-QF30 is Full HD, as are most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HMX-QF30.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HMX-QF30 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HMX-QF30 is 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-QF30 optical sensor sizes range from 1/5.8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Samsung HMX-QF30 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HMX-QF30.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF30 only have one USB 2.0 port, however the HMX-QF30 has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HMX-QF30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-QF30.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264 video format, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The HMX-QF30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this spec and age. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Samsung video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The HMX-QF30 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This Samsung camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this spec and age. The cable included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The video recording times of video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HMX-QF30 range from 0.016h to 94h, and the average video recording time is 12h. The HMX-QF30 has a fairly long video recording time (1.67 hours) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Small

The average height of video cameras of this age and spec is 79mm. At only 52.45 millimeters, the HMX-QF30 is fairly small compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small

At only 42.8 millimeters, the Samsung HMX-QF30 is quite small compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HMX-QF30. The widths of medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 17mm to 270mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have an interchangeable lens. The HMX-QF30 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HS900 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 1.44 hours, the Samsung HMX-QF30 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HMX-QF30. The battery lifes of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HMX-QF30 range from 1.1h to 8,700h, and the average battery life is 580h.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might want to consider the Samsung HMX-F90 (1.67h) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.75 megapixels, the HMX-QF30 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The lowest megapixel count of medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HMX-QF30 is 1.3MP, the highest is 16MP, and the average megapixel count is 6.3MP.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.49MP, the highest is 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.8MP. At only 1.75 megapixels, the Samsung HMX-QF30 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF30.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Samsung HMX-QF30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HDC-Z10000 (£1,797.41).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HMX-QF30 do not have a night mode. The Samsung HMX-QF30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ330 (£312.11).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the HMX-QF30 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17) is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The HMX-QF30 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HMX-QF30 are also not waterproof.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the minimum focal lengths range from 1.8mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 30mm. The Samsung HMX-QF30 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (38.4 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung HMX-QF30

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Samsung camcorder was released.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HMX-QF30 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HMX-QF30.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£275.28) (27x).

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Samsung HMX-QF30 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-CX440, the Canon Vixia HF M32, and the Samsung HMX-F90 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Samsung HMX-QF30 has a relatively typical digital zoom (40 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HMX-QF30.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung HMX-F90 (130x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 178.4 grams, the HMX-QF30 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HMX-QF30.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX260 (£550.00) (205g).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Design
Tripod Mountable
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Warranty Card
Other Features

Expert Reviews

8 June 2014

Có m?c giá kho?ng 250£, Samsung HMX-QF30 ng?c nhiên v?i tính n?ng Wi-Fi, ?n ??nh hình ?nh quang h?c và c?m bi?n 1/4 inch. Vì v?y, m?c dù các thi?t l?p cho nh?ng ng??i ?am mê không khá...

Affordable Full HD videocapture solution
WiFi connectivity with Ustream
Compact, easy to hold and operate
Good image quality for the price
Optical image stabilisation
Average video quality
Unresponsive touchscreen
WiFi, smartphone app quirks
Limited manual settings
No zoom rocker

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxqf30, hmxqf30w, hmxqf30wp, hmxqf30wpedc, samsung hmxqf30, samsung hmxqf30b, samsung hmxqf30w, samsung hmxqf30bp, samsung hmxqf30wp, samsung hmxqf30wpx, samsung hmxqf30bpx, samsung hmxqf30bpxe, samsung hmxqf30wpxe, samsung hmxqf30wpxeu, samsung hmxqf30bpxeu
Barcodes 00887276007267, 00887276007892, 08806085281226, 08806085293113, 08806085414006, 08806085438170

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