I spoke with Samsung and confirmed that this camera does not do 1080 at 30p or any other progressive scan mode. After going through several levels of support and pointing them to their own website, I was told by a Product Specialist that the description of this camera is incorrect on their website (and on Amazon) and is actually the description of another product. I'm not sure what other product it would be describing but I find that a little troubling to say the least-- if you can't trust the company's website for information on a product, there aren't many options for good research. Without that ability, I find this camera too expensive for what it does do and intend to return it.
It has been a month since I brought this to their attention and they have not updated their information but reconfirmed the error to me by phone.
1080i is unusable-- the interlace artifacts are unbearable even in outdoor lighting. The image quality is ok at 720p, though the anti-shake is weak and the low light performance is marginal. Video from a moderately lit restaurant, for example, is grainy and underexposed. The wide angle view is nice for indoor shots where you couldn't back up enough otherwise. Being able to take photos while filming is a nice, but standard, feature. The stills are 2MP and comparable to pictures from a still camera of the same resolution. The 4.7MP stills are just interpolated up and don't serve to do anything but consume extra storage space.
I do like the dual flash option. All of our recording was to the SSD, for which 32GB was ample, but having an SD option as well is a nice fallback.
The camera itself is well built, and battery life was just fine. Never went through more than two batteries in a day capturing 3-5 hours of video. I do wish companies would standardize on charger plugs-- but Samsung isn't unique in this. Interface is acceptable and reasonably responsive. Form factor of the camera is nice, though I'd like a better way of holding it comfortably below my shoulders, looking down at the display.
In summary, Samsung picked the wrong sensor chip to put in an otherwise nice camera. For what it can do, it's not a $700 camera.
This is a low value camcorder. It has no AV input, no microphone input, no built in light, no quick review, no viewfinder to use when the sunlight is too bright to see the lcd screen. No s-video output, no FireWire port, and no headphone output to make sure your capturing the sound you want. A lot of no's for a camcorder selling in the higher end price range.
Bought this one last X'mas for my sister. She was shocked by the picture quality. I have a JVC one, but I think Samsung one is better. And it comes with 32GB storage space. You don't need to buy SDHC card for it. And the software comes with it is very easy to use too. Just connect it with your computer, and then it will ask you to install the software. I don't know how they make it. Maybe it has been stored inside the machine.
There is only one issue about the battery. When you close the screen, the power should be turned off in minutes. But this one doesn't. It is still on. So the battery will run out very soon. Just remember to turn the power off after you use it. Do not just close the screen, and then put it into your bag.
The camera has a very good picture quality in bright light. If the lighting goes down so does the quality of the picture. Poor in low level lighting. The still camera has a hard time focusing. If you need a video camera with a good still camera, this is not for you. Other than that its easy to use and a great picture in good lighting. Love the flash memory.
Bought this for my wife last Christmas. Have been using it every holiday and special event. It is easy to use and has great picture quality. The swivel display is a great tool when your trying to get into the picture or showing someone what you are recording. The menus are easy to read and use. Item shipped fast and was actually early.