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Samsung HMX-W300
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Samsung HMX-W300 Camcorder

5MP 1/3.3 137g Mar 2012
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Expert Reviews Are Average

This video camera received a rating of 70 out of 100 from camcorder expert review site agdlab.pl.

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We looked at average ratings for each video camera brand and found that whilst Samsung has good average ratings across all video cameras, Samsung has unexceptional ratings specifically within its medium sensor size video cameras range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HMX-W300 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have an image stabiliser.

Other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], or the Sony HDR-CX130[plb_1355831_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HMX-W300, the Samsung HMX-W300 is Full HD.

Alternative Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Rollei Movieline Live 100[plb_1670928_price], or the Toshiba Camileo BW10[plb_1432168_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HMX-W300 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Olympus LS-20M[plb_1691558_price], or the Toshiba Camileo X150[plb_1474876_price] which has better reviews.

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1/3.3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Samsung HMX-W300 is 1/3.3". That's 19% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". The best optical sensor size of all similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The HMX-W300 supports an SDHC memory card which is better than most similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it support an SD memory card. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. The worst memory card type of all medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years is MicroSDXC and the best is SDXC.

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Samsung HMX-W300 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_2109552_price], and the Samsung HMX-R10[plb_2479666_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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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 a similar type and age to it.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The HMX-W300 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Samsung video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Samsung HMX-W300 has a greater number of included cables than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Samsung camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders of a similar age and type to the HMX-W300. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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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 similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Very Light

At only 137 grams, the Samsung HMX-W300 is fairly light compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-W300. The lightest medium sensor size camcorder that came out around the same time as the HMX-W300 is 76g weight, the heaviest is 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The shortest video recording time of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-W300 is 0.016h and the longest is 94h. With a video recording time of 2 hours, the HMX-W300 has a quite long video recording time compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-W300.

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Very Small

At only 17.8 millimeters, the Samsung HMX-W300 is fairly small compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-W300. Video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HMX-W300 have depths of between 15mm and 460mm, and the average depth is 110mm.

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13 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Frame Rate

Similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the HMX-W300 has a very slow maximum frame rate compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of camcorders that have been around for more than two years range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. At only 1 times zoom factor, the HMX-W300 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Zoom Q2HD[plb_1983475_price] (4x), or the Samsung HMX-R10[plb_2479666_price] (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of video cameras of this age and spec is 2x and the biggest is 1,800x. The HMX-W300 has a very small digital zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HMX-W300.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the DVC5227[pl_2231656_price] (4x), or the WDV1080[pl_2782188_price] (4x) both from easypix or the CamOne Fly Cam One[plb_2481410_price] (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HMX-W300, the Samsung HMX-W300 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the HS900[pl_1047313_price], or the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price] both from Panasonic or the CamOne Fly Cam One[plb_2481410_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 1.5" to 4", and the average screen size is 2.8". The Samsung HMX-W300 has a fairly small screen size (only 2.3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam[plb_1838072_price] (2.4"), or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Only Auto ISO Sensitivity

This video camera has an Auto ISO sensitivity, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Quite Low Video Capturing Speed

The video capturing speeds of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HMX-W300 range from 25fps to 60fps. The video capturing speed of the HMX-W300 of only 25 frames per second is one of the lowest amongst comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-W300.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Samsung HMX-W300 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price], the HDC-Z10000E[pl_1670403_price], or the HDC-Z10000[pl_1312813_price] all from Panasonic.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HMX-W300 do not have a night mode. The HMX-W300 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a night mode which you might also want to consider including the Panasonic HDC-SD90[plb_1121383_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Samsung HMX-W300 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HMX-W300 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ240[plb_2109550_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HMX-W300 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

If you want a video camera that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HX-A100[plb_1879762_price], or the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price].

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HMX-W300 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. That's 68% less maximum image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst maximum image resolution amongst all similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HMX-W300.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the best maximum image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-W300 range from 96,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the HMX-W300 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Samsung HMX-W300

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Samsung camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Hand Strap
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Minimum System Requirement

Expert Reviews

(1)
10 June 2013

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Inexpensive
Small and easy to hold
Simple user interface
Build quality
Ease of use
Poor to average image quality
Auto share isn't exactly auto share
Less than attractive design
Stills could be better
Video effects reduce resolution

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxw300, hmxw300r, hmxw300y, hmxw300rp, hmxw300yp, hmxw300ypedc, hmx-w300yp/edc, samsung hmxw300, samsung hmxw300y, samsung hmxw300r, samsung hmxw300b, samsung hmxw300yn, samsung hmxw300rn, samsung hmxw300bn, samsung hmxw300rp, samsung hmxw300rpe, samsung hmxw300ynr, samsung hmxw300rnx, samsung hmxw300rped, samsung hmxw300ynrb, samsung hmxw300rnxa, samsung hmxw300rpedc, samsung hmxw300rnxaa
Barcodes 00030955555065, 00036725304505, 00036725304550, 00770332110301, 08806071937977, 08806071968605, 08806071968636

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