Samsung HMX-R10 Review Inverness

The HMX-R10 in Inverness looks and feels expensive, so it's surprising to find it relatively cheap at £379. It's even more surprising that it's so well specified: an 8x zoom and electronic image stabilisation; full HD at 1080 and 25fps, or 720p at 50fps. It also grabs nine-megapixel stills.

Currys.digital
+44 (0) 844 561 6263
18 High Street
Inverness
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Electric Center
+44 (0) 1463 245508
4 Henderson Road
Inverness
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Currys
+44 (0) 844 561 6263
1 Telford Street
Inverness
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Scottish Hydro Electric
+44 (0) 1349 863322
72 High Street
Dingwall
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Sony Centre
01463 222282
21-23, Union St
Inverness
 
CEF
+44 (0) 1463 238922
5 Seafield Road
Inverness
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Panasonic Store
+44 (0) 1463 716646
112 Academy Street
Inverness
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Maplin Electronics
+44 (0) 1463 225327
Eastfield Way
Inverness
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
Scottish Hydro Electric
+44 (0) 1667 453254
33 High Street
Nairn
View Complete Profile
Click Here

Data Provided by:
DUNCAN'S VIDEO REPAIR
01463 712151
11, Carsegate Rd
Inverness
 
Data Provided by:

Samsung HMX-R10 Review

Provided By:

Samsung isn't normally shy when it comes to product design, and the Samsung HMX-R10 is one of the most unusual looking we've ever come across. Flat on one side with a sumptuous brushed-aluminium finish, concave on the other, rounded at each end and with the lens cut into the nose at a rakish, 45-degree angle: by all rights it should be ugly, but in the flesh it looks incredible.

The design isnt just good-looking, it's practical. Build quality is second to none, its beautifully made and very compact, and with the lens pointing upwards you don't have to tilt your wrist uncomfortably to shoot straight ahead. Initially it feels weird: after a while you realise it's a concept that works extremely well.

Hey, good looking

The HMX-R10 looks and feels expensive, so it's surprising to find it relatively cheap at £379. It's even more surprising that it's so well specified: an 8x zoom and electronic image stabilisation; full HD at 1080 and 25fps, or 720p at 50fps. It also grabs nine-megapixel stills. Plus, there are a couple of fun slow motion modes to play with as well and an integrated stereo microphone.

Crucially, video quality is excellent. Colour accuracy was generally spot-on, and those shooting inside or in low-light situations will appreciate the lack of RGB noise. The small lens means detail isnt exactly razor-sharp, but its surprisingly good for the price.

A touching story

There are only a few things missing. Optical stabilisation takes a back seat to electronic stabilisation, although the system is effective even with the camcorder zoomed in. And, in the interest of clean design there are few buttons - just zoom, record and a dedicated stills shutter button - which means adjustments to shutter speed, aperture and so on are made via the HMX-R10's 2.7in touchscreen.

The Samsung HMX-R10 is a very likeable camcorder: it looks and feels fantastic, it slips easily in the pocket and takes good quality footage at high resolutions. It's not quite up there with the truly superb Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000, for example, but its comparatively low price means it's a fine alternative.

Copyright 2009 Dennis Publishing All Rights Reserved.

Samsung HMX-R10