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Samsung HMX-W300 Waterproof Pocket HD Digital Video Camcorder, Orange/Black - Manufacturer Refurbished

by Samsung
3.9 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
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  • Waterproof down to 16.4' (5m)
  • Shockproof from up to 6.5' (2m)
  • Dustproof (IP6X rated)
  • 1920 x 1080p 30 fps full HD movie recording
  • Item Includes: Camera,User Guide,Arm Strap.
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Product Description

The Samsung HMX-W300 Waterproof Pocket HD Camcorder is designed as the ideal companion for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Waterproof down to five meters, shock-proof from heights of up to two meters and dust-proof, it allows users to capture all the action and adventure of an outdoor lifestyle in 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at 30 fps. Additional features include: 29.6mm wide-angle lens, bright f/2.2 aperture, 3x optical zoom, 2.3-inch LCD screen, built-in USB plug, built-in Intelli-Studio editing software, microSD card slot.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.7 x 4.4 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B009GLINO4
  • Item model number: HMX-W300
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,692 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 25, 2012

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I love this camera so much, I've gotten two of them! Actually I lost one while on a hike, but I liked it well enough to order another one straight away before my next adventure! I owned the last model, the Samsung HMX-W200, but had that one stolen from me. So now I've owned three in this family, all three have been dropped a few times, pulled underwater, and still take great pics and videos! I'll tell you that one thing this camera does well is handle heavy amounts of sound. If you are at a concert (indoor or outdoor) and try using your cell phone, the sound is likely to come out like a crinkled mess. This camera could handle being up in the front of the crowd at Perry's stage at Lollapalooza where they were blasting bass through a 20,000 or so person crowd, while still recording good video with all the sounds and experience that was the concert festival. Will buy more and more if I keep losing them!
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Good camera for the price. I purchased the manuf refurb unit. Be aware that the manuf refurb unit does not come with the original box or any of the accessories. You will need a USB extension cable at a minimum. For the discounted price of the refurb unit it was fine with me but just be aware that you will get just the camera, wrist strap and manual. No other accessories.

The camera itself works fine. Good quality video and camera, good camera response, some video/camera combo units are slow to respond to the camera picture function, this one is fairly fast, not as quick as a point and shot though but better than other combo units. Menu functions are very easy and simple to use. Since this is waterproof and shockproof this is a good camera for hiking, boating and going to the beach and for the price a good value.
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Needed a camcorder for a couple of projects, and this met my budget and expectations.

The good: Expandable micro sd storage, good picture quality and sound quality, menus are easy to navigate. Battery life is pretty good for the price.

The dumb: USB latch is hit or miss, and the button is way too small to lock the cover. The USB latch should be on the side instead of the bottom, so you can charge it while it is on a tripod.

Summary: Other than those few design quirks, this is a pretty good camera. It is pretty rugged and intuitive to use, so I don't mind letting the kids use it, and it is small enough to take anywhere.
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I'm really impressed with the ease of use, quality feel, and design of this little camera! The camera does both still and video photography, and is shock resistant and waterproof. Though refurbished, the camera arrived looking brand new. I bought it to record video during a cross-country bike ride. I'll update this review should it somehow disappoint [SEE BELOW]. It doesn't have some features one would find on a more expensive camera - no LED light or flash, for example, and no way to add any external light. The lens and sensor are what one might expect on a high-end smart phone. It has a socket for a tripod or stand. A 32 GByte memory card stores about 540 minutes of HD video.It has a handy little USB connector built-in, so no need to mess with cables or chargers - just open the port and plug it in to a computer USB port to charge, or transfer video to the computer. The unit comes with a 90 day guarantee, wrist strap, and instruction manual. It does not come with a memory card (micro-SD), so plan to spend from $5 to $35 for memory, depending on how much you want. Already loaded on the camera is "Intelli-Studio" a basic, bare bones, but simple and adequate photo and video editing program.

UPDATE: So I mounted this camera to my bicycle, and discovered that this camera is totally unsuitable for this use. The camera generates an odd "wavy" distortion that completely ruins the video when it is subjected to vibration and forward motion. This effect occurs on either 720 or 1080 resolution, and whether the anti-shake feature is activated or not. I (belatedly) checked out some on-line videos from those who tried the same as me, and had similar results.
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I purchased this to take the place of my mobile phone when I can't use my mobile phone. Like in the pool, in the ocean, at the beach in my wet swimsuit pocket. I can't say enough about this camera. I picked it up for about 60 beans on Amazon. Got it in one day. Used it around the house to see the picture quality and video quality. A nice surprise was the ability to take a photo during videoing. The image you get during video is a lower resolution (2mp I believe) but its better then nothing. The video quality is very good. Its a bit on the shaky side if you move it too fast. You have to pan slowly to avoid the shaky streaky affect. Still images are very good. Even in low light.
I took the camera on a cruise to Mexico and it performed perfectly. The video I took during our ruins tour in Progresso Mexico was better then expected. The audio was clear and even the driving video I took out the bus window was just as I had seen it live.
I took it to the beach in Cozumel and gave it a good water test. Again the camera was perfect. Better then expected. Under water shots of fish and my daughter swimming were great. The lens glass must have a coating to avoid droplets building up on the lens because not one video or photo had a droplet. I took the camera down to about 5 ft and have no leaks. It was nice to be able to toss the camera in the beach bag or in my wet pants pocket and forget about it.
The camera turns on almost instantly. I never missed a shot.

The only cons I could scrape together are its lack of wide angle and rather poor zoom. The zoom it does have is digital not optical so the quality suffers. The wide angle is pretty much 1to1. In other words, what you see is what you get. But in my opinion, that is where this camera excels.
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