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Samsung HMX-H106 HD SSD Flash Memory Camcorder with 64 GB Memory and 10x Optical Zoom
- Capture Full HD video to a 64 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Schneider 10x optical zoom lens; optical image stabilizer
- Full HD (1920 x 1080/60i or 30p) video; 4.7-megapixel still capture
- 2.7-inch wide LCD with touch screen
- HDMI, component and composite video compatability
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|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 5.04 x 2.32 inches|
|Item Weight||0.84 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Shipping Weight||1.85 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080|
From the Manufacturer
The HMX-H106, Samsung’s new flagship full-HD digital camcorder, is the world’s first to feature an internal 64 GB SSD (as of January 5, 2009). The compact, lightweight Samsung HMX-H106 SSD camcorder takes video at the highest digital visual resolution available today, 1920 x 1080 Full HD. 1920 x 1080 Full HD video means much greater clarity, brightness and detail than ever before. It also means that your video will be an exact pixel-by-pixel match for today’s very best large screen HDTVs. The result is life-like video with more natural color and clarity, without the blurring or digital noise you might well be used to. Samsung’s H-Series of full-HD digital camcorders set a new standard for style and performance. Samsung’s renowned SSD technology offers a substantial advantage over the use of Hard Disk Drives (HDD) in a digital camcorder, providing consumers with higher performing and more durable internal memory. Samsung’s SSD technology is more lightweight and compact, operates silently with very low heat emission, and features no moving parts, which significantly reduces overall power consumption and enhances reliability. No moving parts also make SSD technology more durable and resistant to shock and vibrations. Additionally, Samsung’s SSD technology is faster than HDD, including quicker boot-up and read/write speeds.
Samsung H106 Highlights
Samsung’s HMX-H106 delivers the very highest quality video by using progressive scan technology. It records HD quality video in progressive mode (30fps), so that the video is crisp and clear, regardless of how fast the subject is moving. Progressive scan technology produces smooth images even when videos are played back at 2x, 4x or even 8x the normal speed!
37mm wide-angle lens (Schneider's Varioplan-HD lens)
A 37mm wide-angle lens, fitted to a camcorder, allows you to experience a new world of images. The world-class Schneider lens is specially designed to produce clear and vivid images by correcting chromatic aberration and distortion. Unlike other camcorders offering a typical angle of view of 40 - 50 mm, a wide angle view of 37mm provides wider and richer images from the same distance. Enjoy the world of dynamic, exceptional images brought to you by 37mm!
Time Lapse Recording
By setting time intervals for frame capture, you can take full advantage of the Time Lapse Recording function. This feature uses selective frame capture to record over an extended period of time so that you can see the effects of long term recording condensed into a shorter time frame. Imagine seeing the slow passage of clouds through the sky or a sunset over the water in only a few minutes.
Samsung’s unique Swivel Hand-Grip design makes shooting difficult angles a snap. With a flick of the wrist, you can change the shoot angle of the camcorder to take the perfect video every time-all with one hand! The ergonomic design will open new doors to the way you shoot video.
What's Solid State Drive (SSD)?
- A data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store data forever.
- Superior to Hard Drive Camcorders in speed, security, size, reliability, power consumption and noise emission.
- With no moving parts, solid-state drives are silent and inherently less fragile than Hard Drives.
- Larger flash capacities available
- Compact and Light
Low Power Consumption
SSD requires approx. 8 times lower power consumption than a Hard Drive when reading or writing data. This means less energy consumption, and longer battery life.
- Samsung’s SSD has no moving parts, therefore is less fragile and more secure than Hard Drive Camcorders
- Anti-shock and Vibration Memory camcorders keep recording despite shocks and vibrations long after competitors' camcorders stop.
- Can repeat write and erase data more than a million times on SSD--4x more than Hard Drive
- High capacity SSD provides longer use utilizing ‘Wear Leveling’ technology
- Wear Leveling: a brand new technology arranging data so that erasures and re-writes are distributed evenly across the memory
- Maximum life of SSD is 1 million hours, i.e. 134 years
- Fast processing time and reliable data storage utilizing exclusive controller chipset
- Boot up and access time of Samsung’s SSD camcorder is 3x faster than Hard Drives
- Faster access time means managing your files is much easier
- SSD camcorder continues to work even in extreme high/low temperatures
- Hard Drive camcorders do not operate normally in low temperature below 14°F and in high temperature above 150°F
- Simple structure without any mechanical parts
- Strong against shock and vibration
- Life-long use
- Reliable data storage
- There is no acoustic noise and little heat emission when the SSD operates.
- Elimination of noise, vibration and high temperature make for a much more comfortable recording experience.
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BE WARNED! the Samsung "Customer Service" for this product is NON EXISTANT! full of "I'm sorry sir" and other scripted responses from their "Customer Service" people without any help for a defective product. I called the SAMSUNG customer Service (1-800-SAMSUNG) and was told that I would get a new a/v Cable sent to me at no cost. Thet are requiring that I eliminate the problem from being the a/v cord before they will allow me to send in the camera for repair. It has now been over 4 weeks and several return calls from me to Samsung and still no new a/v cable. To make things worse, the Samsung phone representative sounds like they are from a call center in India and simply cannot speak english well enough for you to understand.
Also, a few other items should be noted on the design of this product: No audio jack - you cannot listen to any playback of your recorded video from the camera without hearing it through the micro speaker near the off button. No external audio plug for recording either. No ability to use a camera light to shoot video in low light conditions, the built in light on the unit is only a flash for still pictures only. No accessories are available yet for this camera.
really good, the focus is good, the lens is good.
The editing software is built into the camera, and works well, if limited, and you'll need a decent PC to process the HD in real time. If you want to do multi-audio or video crossfades etc you'll need to convert the format to raw avi or similar and use Premiere or Vegas or similar.
Something missing which was listed in the original specs is the 1080P/30fps. Maybe it's coming in a firmware update.
Speaking of which, it needs one, badly. The internal file size on the disc is limited to 2 gig, so in 720p for example, every 28 minutes or so it has to create a new file and continue recording. which is fine, except the camera doesn't pre-record the few seconds it takes to create the new file. As a result you lose a couple of seconds of footage and you never even know until playback time. Samsung haven't replied to my support request on the matter yet.
Overall, a great camera let down by a serious recording flaw. Please Samsung, please fix this!!
I'd say the only negatives are no infra-red or built in video light. There will probably be such accessories forthcoming but for now, it's tough to take pics or movies in the dark. It does have a flash for photos though but you need some lighting present for the camera to focus properly.
Overall, highly recommended and would find it pretty much impossible to go back to discs or tapes or even hard drive and removable flash memory. I switched to Samsung TV's a while ago because they simply outdo the competition in offering the latest features in a friendly, sleek package...this is definitely another step in the right direction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this camera! I was weary about buying it because of how low the price was but after I purchased it and started using it I was amazed at how awesome it was for the price! Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is a nice tidy camcorder that takes great outside video. Fits perfectly in my hand. My limited experience with indoor recording was hit or miss when it concerned video... Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by G. Meredith
Great quality in all settings. The wide angle lens makes for a bit of funky looking video when posting to youtube un-edited but the quality is... Read more
I don't know if we are doing something wrong, but, no matter how still I hold the camera, the people moving when you play back the video make you dizzy. Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by JaneDane
It's so Samsung. H series is the camcorder having the fundamental of camcorders the most among Samsung camcorders. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by CJ
I bought the hmx-h106 camera because every source out there touts it as a 1080p camera. It's not. I should have known when it didn't even come with the HDMI cable, and only... Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by A. Express