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Samsung SMX-C10
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Samsung SMX-C10 Camcorder

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0.68MP 1/1.6 150g CCD Jan 2014
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12 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camcorder was given a "Bronze" award by Toptenreviews.com who concluded that this Samsung camcorder was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Two experts from sites including Trusted Reviews and toptenreviews.com have rated this Samsung camcorder on average 84 out of 100. Experts think this video camera is one of the very best video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Good Size

Several customers thought the product was compact. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of the Samsung SMX-C10 “Light and compact” and scored the product 4 stars.

Easy to Use

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Seven years ago Trusted Reviews said “Easy to use” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Technical Features

One Samsung SMX-C10 owner said in their reviews that this camcorder had good features.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good value for money. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com wrote “Beyond the low price and relatively impressive set of features” in their Samsung SMX-C10 review.

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

On average Samsung camcorders are rated 74%, which is in the top 63% of all camcorder brands that we have assessed.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Video cameras of a similar age and type to the SMX-C10 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. The SMX-C10 has a fairly big digital zoom (1,200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the SMX-C10 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon.

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Very Light

Comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg. The SMX-C10 is one of the lighter small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago (only 150 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Legria HF R406 (235g and higher rated), or the Legria HF R48 (235g and higher rated) both from Canon.

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JPG Image Format

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

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Very Small

The average height of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the SMX-C10 is 82mm, and the heights range from 19mm to 920mm. At only 38.5 millimeters, the SMX-C10 is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The SMX-C10 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser which you might also want to consider including the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

The SMX-C10 is not Full HD, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Samsung SMX-C10 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the SMX-C10 which have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the SMX-C10 is 1/6". That's 35% less optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. $. The best optical sensor size of all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the SMX-C10 is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the SMX-C10 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the SMX-C10.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 10x (optical) video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, the Legria HF G10, and the Legria HF M56 all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the SMX-C10 do not have an interchangeable lens. The SMX-C10 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the SMX-C10 have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Samsung SMX-C10 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst video cameras of this age.

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Only 800 X 600 Still Image Resolution

The SMX-C10 supports a maximum still image resolution of 800 x 600. That's 94% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders of this age and type. The best still image resolution of all camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the SMX-C10 is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SMX-C10 has a higher maximum video resolution than most video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Samsung camcorder has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst maximum video resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the SMX-C10.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best maximum video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SMX-C10 do not have a night mode. The Samsung SMX-C10 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The SMX-C10 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SMX-C10 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Samsung SMX-C10 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SMX-C10 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The SMX-C10 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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1 Other reason to consider the Samsung SMX-C10

Released Over Three Years Ago

Samsung released the SMX-C10 over three years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Other Features

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

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If portability, a large amount of memory and software to edit and share videos is important to you, the Samsung SMX-C10 is worth the price...

Toptenreviews.com

The design on the Samsung SMX 10 is unique to many other camcorders on the market
The small design may make it hard for users with large hands to hold and navigate
7 December 2009

The Samsung SMX-C10's sub-£150 price pits it directly against pocket Internet camcorders, which have now moved up to 720p HD. So its lower video resolution may seem a little backward. However,...

Light and compact
34.6 mm focal length
Easy to use
Recharges via USB port
Lger et compact
High noise in low light
Digital image stabilizer not very effective
Low bitrate video
Bruit important en basse lumire
Stabilisateur numrique peu efficace

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers samsung smxc10, samsung smxc10r, samsung smxc10l, samsung smxc10ln, samsung smxc10rn, samsung smxc10rnx, samsung smxc10lnr, samsung smxc10rnxa, samsung smxc10rnxac
Barcodes 00036725302532, 00616312990153, 00770332814100, 00999999934833

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