Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder with 30x Zoom (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- 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.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers also shopped for
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Compare with similar items
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.
Features a 30x optical zoom and 300x digital zoom lens for powerful distance recording. View larger.
3-inch LCD touchscreen lets you review and navigate through shots with ease. View larger.
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.
Read about our customers' top-rated camcorders on our review page: Camcorders
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
It records the sound of it's own zoom, and, to the lesser degree, the auto focus. If outside sounds are not laud, this sound is quite annoying, and spoils the video.
The image stabilization is not nearly sufficient when zooming beyond about 20X; it's clearly inferior in this respect to other camcorders with similar features, like my wife's Panasonic.
I wouldn't recommend this product. Samsung has to do a lot of work to refine it.
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.
Focus: The auto focus does seem a little slower in recognizing the need to refocus, but once it begins to refocus, the process is fast. I actually prefer the way this camera auto-focuses. My previous camcorder would be "tricked" by the brief foreground presence of something (like a coach walking down the sidelines) and would too quickly try to re-focus. I like the way this product is somewhat focus sticky.
Zoom: A common complaint I've seen from other reviewers involves the zoom motor sound being captured by the camera's microphone. On one very quiet scene, I did notice the subtle zoom motor sound was recorded. Not a big deal for me since I discourage the use of zoom during filming. The fact that the camcorder might record the zoom mechanism is disclosed in the owner's manual.
Auto Image Stabilization: As others have mentioned, effectiveness of this feature diminishes over 20x zoom. If you plan to be zoomed in the 20-30x range a lot, get a tripod. Frankly, I would prefer to have the option of zooming to 30x and deal with the hand jitter versus being capped at 15x or 20x by other products. Plus, I can remove the jitter in post if it's that important.
Microphone: On the camping trip, I don't recall any strong winds but playback revealed a considerable amount of wind noise. Since there is no microphone plug to allow alternative microphones, this is the most disappointing aspect of the product. HOWEVER, I did find a stick on wind noise reduction product at thewindcutter.com which would be great if it works for $15. Owner's Manual refers to wind cut option. Need to test.
Battery: Lasted the entire test day and test trip, but was only used to record video. I typically don't use the preview/watch features of a camcorder in order to preserve battery life.
Low Light: I think all cameras and camcorders struggle here. Have you ever actually seen the lights they use on movie sets? There's a reason they have lamps that will bake your face off if you stand too close. Is the HD image grainy in low light situations? Yes. Tip: If you plan to do a lot of low light filming; recommend over-lighting the scene during filming and reducing the brightness during post processing. If you think you should be able to point a $300 dollar camera at a piano recital lit with two 60 watt bulbs and get a great image, keep dreaming. Owner's Manual refers to candlelight setting. Need to test.
Bottom Line: Your average consumer needs (sports, parties, vacations, short films) will be well served by this camera. The only drawbacks I've discovered include the lack of microphone jack, captured refocusing motor sound, and captured wind noise. Based on the $285 price point, I'm willing to give a pass on these issues. The hand jitter over 20x and low light complaints fall into the category of "you might not understand how to use a camcorder if this is an issue for you," or perhaps another category called "based on your expectations, you should probably consider spending A LOT more money."
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.
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. The camera produces a better picture with more light on the subject. This is true of all cameras. Cameras record light. This camera doesn't come with a light for dark settings. If you want a camera with a light on it don't buy this unit. This also didn't bother me. I just turned a lamp on and the video quality was fine. Again, this is a consumer camera. Professionals bring their own lights anyway. To be fair though the camera performs much better in daylight than it does indoors.
- There is no viewfinder and there is a glare on the LCD screen in sunlight: These things are also true. There is no viewfinder. If you want a viewfinder, buy a different model. As for the glare, you may have to put your hand over the screen to reduce the glare. Easy enough to solve.
A final note. I ran some basic tests and found the 720p to be sharper than the 1080i footage. It's super easy to switch back and forth (even on the same memory card) so play around with it and judge for yourself. I'm sticking with the 720p to because it looks better to me and it takes up less storage space.
I have also been having a lot of fun with the time-lapse setting - a function I wasn't even interested in when looking for camcorder.
Overall I found this to be a great little camera. It records quality HD video has a great optical zoom and can be bought for under $300. The camera is tiny. If a viewfinder were added and the microphone was snaked further from the zoom lens it would be a larger camera. I found the issues above to be legitimate but not large enough problems to be a deterrent.