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Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder with 30x Zoom (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • The HMX-H300 offers premium camcorder technology that can be relied on for any situation.
  • The HMX-H300 is designed to automatically deliver stable video in crystal-clear HD.
  • With its long recording time and a battery life of three hours with built in USB charging.
  • The HMX-H300 is a camcorder which provides the best family value through its best in class.
  • A 30x zoom Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens lets the Samsung H300 shoot crisp, sharp video. 1/4-inch CMOS Sensor.
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The 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x (90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.The Samsung H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder lets you take videos with outstanding clarity in full high definition. It features a 30x zoom and optical image stabilization so you can take close video of your subjects even from afar, and a 3-inch LCD touch panel that makes video review and menu navigation easy. It also includes enhanced features like a time-lapse recording setting that lets you create a video file that speeds up the passage of time.

From the Manufacturer

The Samsung H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder lets you take videos with outstanding clarity in full high definition. It features a 30x zoom and optical image stabilization so you can take close video of your subjects even from afar, and a 3-inch LCD touch panel that makes video review and menu navigation easy. It also includes enhanced features like a time-lapse recording setting that lets you create a video file that speeds up the passage of time.

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H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder (Black)
At a Glance:
  • Camcorder records at full HD resolution

  • 30x optical zoom and 300x digital zoom lens for powerful distance recording

  • 3-inch LCD touchscreen for easy viewing and menu navigation

  • Backside-illuminated sensor provides better video quality in low light

  • Optical image stabilization keeps footage sharp

  • One-year limited warranty on parts and labor
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H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder Product Shot
Features a 30x optical zoom and 300x digital zoom lens for powerful distance recording. View larger.
H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder Product Shot
3-inch LCD touchscreen lets you review and navigate through shots with ease. View larger.
High-Quality HD Video Recording with 30x Zoom Lens
The compact Samsung H300 makes it easy to record HD videos when you're on vacation, on an adventure, or anywhere else. The camcorder records full HD in 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution and regular HD in 1,280-by-720-pixel resolution in the standard H.264 video format, making it easy to edit in the editing application of your choice. It features autofocus, auto shutter, auto and manual white balance, backlight compensation, and manual shutter speeds from 1/60 to 1/10,000 seconds, so you can get the video you want.

A 30x zoom Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens lets the Samsung H300 shoot crisp, sharp video. With a 30x optical zoom and 300x digital zoom, you'll be able to get up-close footage even when you're far away.

The camcorder also records still images at up to 2,944-by-1,656-pixel resolution in JPEG format.

3-Inch LCD Touchscreen for Easy Navigation
The bright, high-resolution 3-inch LCD touchscreen gives you a clean, crisp image that is saturated with color and detail, so you can always shoot with confidence in external light conditions. The touchscreen also gives you quick and easy access to all menus and settings, making it easy to select the features you need.

Optical Image Stabilization for Clear Shots
The H300 camcorder features optical image stabilization, which adjusts and shifts the lens to compensate for hand-shake and body movement, ensuring a steady shot every time.

HD Time-Lapse Recording Special Effect
A special HD time-lapse recording setting lets you create a video file that speeds up the passage of time. This is done by taking still frames at preset intervals and putting them back together in sequential order for the special effect.

Backside-Illuminated Sensor for Better Sensitivity
The H300 employs a backside-illuminated, 1/4-inch CMOS sensor that delivers double the sensitivity of conventional CMOS sensors for better low-light recording, and reduces image noise and distortion.

Clear Audio Recording in AAC Audio Format
The camcorder has a built-in microphone with a wind cut feature to minimize distracting wind noise. Audio is recorded in AAC format, which achieves better sound quality than MP3. The camcorder also has a built-in speaker so you can hear your sound when you review footage.

Product and Warranty Information
The Samsung H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder measures 2.23 by 1.95 by 4.71 inches (H x W x D), and weighs 0.5 pounds with the battery. Its battery will run for up to three hours on a single charge.

The Samsung H300 is backed by a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
Camcorder, battery, AC power adapter, A/V cable, USB cable, user manual CD-ROM, and quick start guide.



Product Information

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Product Dimensions 7.4 x 18.5 x 6.7 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B004HO5974
Item model number HMX-H300BN/XAA
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,370 in Camera & Photo
#657 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 5, 2010

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I spent a long time researching camcorders, read a lot reviews and looked at a lot of test footage before ultimately buying this model.

Many of the better reviews I read compared this model to models several hundred dollars more expensive, which I took to mean that this model was a significant value at this price.

It was a gamble on my part that I think paid off as I am very happy overall with this unit.

There are thee consistent criticism I have seen for this camcorder. I took them very seriously when I was deciding what unit to buy. Now that I have hands on experience with the unit I wanted to share my experience regarding these criticisms:

- The camera records its own zoom: This is true but I don't find it distracting. In fact I find it to be a cool effect. You should really only be zooming with the camera on if you are intentionally calling attention to the camera anyway. This is a consumer camera. It is not intended for professional use. The "zoom sound" is really only audible in a very quiet room. I recorded some footage outside on a non-windy day and the ambient noise outside covered up the sounds of the zoom. For reference, I watched some footage I took with my miniDV camera and noticed that on all of the footage you could hear the whir of the tape motor. Probably the zoom would be more noticeable if the tape motor wasn't constantly going. At any rate the noise doesn't bother me on either camera and the miniDV footage was far noisier. I don't see how this issue would be a deterrent. If you are shooting a movie or any professional product you need a professional camera anyway and you also would be using a separate sound recording system.

- The camera isn't great in low light: This is also true.
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Just got this little thing of beauty tonight and I'm very very pleased. It completely blows my old-school camcorders away and is effectively 1/4 the cost in today's terms. Easy to use and full 1080p HD. Picture and sound quality look great on playback on my 51" plasma. File format works perfectly for playback on my PS3.

What a great little device! Oh - and you can't hear the zoom as claimed by another reviewer - there must be something wrong with his unit.
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Arived on time and in good shape. 30X zoom is good. I like that you can select 1080i, 720p, or even 480p. 720p looks fine on our 37 inch Samsung 720p LCD HDTV and the files are a lot smaller. I also like that you can drag and drop files directly from the SD card to your PC - no conversion required. Screen on camcorder is very difficult to see in bright sunlight.
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The following comments are based on four months of use...

MPEG-4 Video Format: Use of MPEG-4 (not AVCHD) was a major purchasing decision for me. If you use Mac, Linux, or plan to do much video editing on your PC, the MPEG-4 video format used by the HMX-H304 is much easier to work with than the AVCHD format common with other camcorders. The AVCHD format generates MUCH larger files than MPEG-4 and isn't as widely supported by video editing software packages. To be fair to AVCHD, the larger file sizes are related to the metadata features available with AVCHD -features that don't interest me. See [...] for additional background.

Memory: Glad I stepped up to the H304 to get the extra 16-GB of internal memory. I also purchased a 32-GB Class 10 SDHC card. 48-GB means I'll be recording at full HD all the time and not worry about storage.

Testing: Started the first test day with full charge. Shot some footage at a short awards ceremony for kids. Later, some coverage of a basketball game. Not the full game, but testing out the auto-focus, ability to keep up with action, and zoom. Finally, recorded an entire sunset in real time.

For a first test trip, I took the HMX-H304 on a 4 day/3 night camping trip. Started trip with full charge and never recharged during the entire trip. Captured a total of about 1 hour of footage over the 4 day period. I didn't run out of battery, I had simply done all the recording I was interested in capturing. Appreciated how quickly the camera could go from completely off, flip open view screen, and be recording in < 5 seconds. Was able to get some good critter shots (fish, birds, beaver, and a snake) with the strong zoom capabilities. Outdoor colors also well captured.
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This is a fine little camcorder for the money. It would be nice if there was a 'video in' jack, but then it would probably be two hundred dollars more...very easy to use with my Mac.
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Look, if you're not into video editing or professional photography and just want a VERY simple and easy to use HD camera that works well, this is the camera you should get. I use this mainly for family outings and it works amazingly well. For the price, this is a very good camcorder and for just a regular camcorder user like myself it works better than I expected. The 30x zoom is awesome and the touch screen is very simple to use.
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Prior to buying this camcorder, I purchased a Toshiba Camileo HD for very little, and it was a complete pile of junk. For just $100 more, I picked up the Samsung after returning the Toshiba. This camcorder is compact and designed very nicely. The touch screen works perfect. The buttons are all within easy access and ergonomically placed. The battery lasts a long time, and supposedly is ranked at the longest life for cameras in this price range. The camera does not come with an HD cable for direct-connect to your TV, which to me was no big deal. Takes OUTSTANDING pictures for a camcorder-very good quality, and the 30x OPTICAL zoom is awesome. The fact this video saves video in MP4 format is awesome. I use a Mac, so editing is effortless-no converting necessary. Camcorder has a time-lapse feature which is fun as heck to use. Low light shooting has a tendency to be grainy. HD video comes out very nice, colors are very sharp, and there are TONS of settings on the camera to get the image to your liking. Image stabilization works very well, but tends to cause some interference on playback...not sure if this is because I am using VLC to view the movie. Once I edit it in IMovie, it seems this disappears. Cons? not many. The integrated lens cover is handy, but the switch is kind of awkward to get to, wish they had made it easier and designed it better for quick one-handed opening. The LCD flip-out is a bit flimsy-if you shift it a bit while carrying it closed, it sometimes causes the camera to turn on..but it automatically turns off immediately, so no big deal, really. All in all, you cannot beat what you get for the cost. If you are looking for a sub-$300 full HD camcorder with some higher-end features, this is the one.Read more ›
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