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Samsung HMX-H104 review

£403 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Samsung HMX-H104 is one of Samsung's first serious attempts to join well-established players such as Sony, Panasonic, and Canon in selling high-definition camcorders.

The Samsung HMX-H104 is one of Samsung's first serious attempts to join well-established players such as Sony, Panasonic, and Canon in selling high-definition camcorders.

The most trumpeted feature of the Samsung HMX-H104 is the use of a 16GB solid-state drive (SSD) instead of a hard drive or internal flash memory. However, this doesn't seem to offer any real advantage, especially when some of its rivals offer more storage for a similar price, and removable memory is affordable. Samsung includes an SDHC memory card slot in the base next to the battery.

The SSD could also explain why the Samsung HMX-H104 is one of the bulkier camcorders we've seen. The bulk is mitigated somewhat by the curvy body, which is free of protrusions and easy to hold with zoom, stills, and video recording controls falling naturally under the index finger and thumb.

The back of the Samsung HMX-H104 has all the ports you'd expect stowed neatly under a cover, including mini HDMI, USB 2.0 and AV out. The LCD recess has buttons for secondary camera functions, plus an Easy Q button, which takes control over things like white balance, so you can just point and shoot. The bezel around the 2.7-inch LCD also features Q Menu, which offers shortcuts for some of the most commonly used settings. Full control is accessible using the touch-screen interface, which is fairly easy to navigate.

Another quirk of the Samsung HMX-H104 is that it doesn't offer AVCHD recording, favouring H.264/MPEG-4 with AAC audio instead. Luckily, we had no problems getting iMovie to importing our footage.

HD image quality at the highest setting gives good results outdoors, although the 10X zoom is lackluster and the Samsung HMX-H104 doesn't always focus as quickly as you'd like. More noticeable are the digital compression artifacts and some evidence of ghosting with quick pans. Color saturation is good, however.

Indoors, the Samsung HMX-H104 suffers. With no video light to play with, you're forced to rely on either Easy Q or one of the scene modes. In both cases image results are noisy and rather soft.

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Samsung HMX-H104 Expert Verdict »

Samsung HMX-H104BP Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
1/4.5in 2.2 Mp CMOS
1080i camcorder
2.7in TFT colour active matrix, 230,000 pixel
Interpolated Still Resolution: 4.7Mp
Widescreen Video Capture
SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card
16GB Flash
3 lux illumination
10x optical, 100x Digital Zoom
Optical Image Stabiliser
Max Shutter Speed: 1/10000 sec
Min Shutter Speed: 1/12 sec
H.264, JPEG
Remote control - infrared
Built-in flash
composite video /audio output 1 x USB 1 x component video output 1 x HDMI output
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Samsung HMX-H104 is stylish and feature-packed, but it simply doesn't deliver the kind of high-quality HD images we expect. It's also full of interface quirks that take some getting used to, and its SSD doesn't really offer any benefit over conventional flash memory or hard drive storage.

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