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Not the best picture quality
on May 12, 2006
This camera has a lot of extra features that a comparably priced Sony Camcorder might not have, but, I think because of the less than stellar video quality I may be taking this camera back for a comparably priced Sony miniDV camcorder with less features. The video quality of the Samsung appears to be plagued with a snow(or grain) like effect. The picture is not real crisp but not terrible either. I've recorded video both ways. On Sony miniDV 60-minute tapes and by streaming video directly to my hard drive via 1394 Firewire cable. One other thing you may notice in your recordings is that the auto-focus takes time to become clear. So that if you switch from a closeup to a distance shot or vice versa you will actually see blurry video while it is focusing. This can be kind of annoying also. Now, lets talk about the features of the camera. One of the features, which I thought was awesome at first, is not really even worth having since I've learned more about it and thats the ability of the camera to accept flash memory(SD, Memory Stick/Duo, etc). You can't capture DVD quality video to any flash memory you have installed because the camcorder will only record onto flash memory in a highly compressed format. And if you are thinking of using this camcorder as a digital camera also, you may want to reconsider. Digital stills on this camcorder(and even on comparably priced Sony camcorders) are fuzzy or blurry. Who wants to view blurry photos? Blurry photos and highly compressed video greatly reduce, at least for me, the value of the flash memory feature. This is only my second camcorder purchase ever. The first purchase was a Sony TRV-280 which I dont ever recall as having blurry video during focusing from near to distant shots and vice versa. I would need much more experience to make a more professional evaluation but my first impressions on this camera are that its not what I expected as far as video quality goes.
Edited: May 22nd, 2006
I did take this camera back to the store and returned it for a Sony DCR HC-26 camcorder. The Sony camcorder does appear to have a better picture quality. I do however give Samsung praise for the quality DVD software that comes with the Samsung camcorder.