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Samsung HMX-H304 Camcorder

5MP 1/4 280g Oct 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Samsung has good reviews for its video cameras
Fairly large display diagonal
Has an image stabilizer

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Reviews

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Samsung has good average ratings across all camcorders, however it has unexceptional ratings specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 100% of those that bought a Samsung camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The HMX-H304 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen size video cameras currently available including the HDR-PJ260E, or the HDR-CX260V both from Sony which and both of have better reviews.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF S30 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

Samsung released the HMX-H304 in October 2011.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HMX-H304 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the Samsung HMX-H304 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the GZ-R15 (40x and higher rated), or the GZ-R10 (40x and higher rated) both from JVC.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 300 times zoom factor, the HMX-H304 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HDR-CX220 (£129.99) (320x), the HDR-PJ240 (£399.99) (320x), or the HDR-CX240 (320x) all from Sony.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 280 grams, the HMX-H304 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Samsung HMX-H304 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

There are a number of other camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX330 which has better reviews.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HMX-H304 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera, the Samsung HMX-H304 does not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HMX-H304 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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HD-Ready

The HMX-H304 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 720 x 576|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Samsung HMX-H304 features back light compensation. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also feature back light compensation.

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Other Features

Features Auto Focus

The HMX-H304 features auto focus. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also feature auto focus.

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Features Manual Focus

The HMX-H304 features manual focus, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Storage

Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

The smallest internal storage capacity of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 0.016GB, the largest is 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 28GB. With an internal storage capacity of 16 gigabytes, the HMX-H304 has one of the larger internal storage capacities amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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5 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 5 megapixels sensor camcorder.

We compared this video camera to all the other 5MP sensor video cameras and we think the Contour Design Contour+ which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a video camera with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the Vivitar DVR785 (£29.99) (5.1MP).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 08806071189826

Samsung HMX-H304 Review Sources

To prepare this Samsung HMX-H304 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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