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Samsung HMX-W200 Waterproof HD Recording with 2.4-inch LCD Screen (Red)
- 5 MP BSI CMOS Image Sensor
- 3M Water Proof, 2M Shock Proof and Dust Proof
- F2. Bright AF Lens
- 2.3-Inch BSI (Back Side Illuminated) LCD
- 1080P Full HD
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Samsung W200 Water Proof Camcorder with CMOS Sensor (Red)
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The W200 Pocket Cam offers Samsung's advanced imaging technology in a waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof body. This pocket-sized camera captures full 1080p HD video in extreme conditions, thanks to its aqua mode, anti-fog glass, and anti-water drop coating. And thanks to its BSI CMOS sensor and F2.2 bright lens, the W200 reduces image noise and provides optimum performance in low-light conditions. With the W200 Pocket Cam, you can take brilliant video and still shots at the beach, in the desert, and on a mountaintop, and then share your adventures with friends and family using the built-in USB port.
Anti-water drop coating gives you a clear view in otherwise wet conditions.
Shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof body design is able to withstand extreme conditions. View larger.
The Samsung W200 is waterproof up to 3 meters, which means you can use it in the swimming pool, in the ocean, and at the ski resort. It also repels dust and sand, and it is shockproof for shooting sports and withstanding drops up to 2 meters. Best of all, the W200 fits right into your pocket, so you can take it everywhere and capture every moment.
Aqua Mode for Better Shots Under Water
The Samsung W200 has special features for underwater environments including an "Aqua Mode", so you won't have to worry about dim lighting, off colors, and static noise. Samsung's advanced technology automatically gives you optimal settings for White Balance, Sound, and Focus, which means you'll get clear, high-quality videos both in an out of the water.
Fast, Bright Lens with Self-Cleaning Anti-Fog Glass
With a fast aperture of F2.2, the W200's lens gives you the ability to shoot at high shutter speeds. You'll be able to take sharp pictures in low-light and fast-moving conditions. For further convenience, the W200 features an anti-fog coating on its lens element that lets steam disperse, so you'll never have blurry videos due to fog from cold or water. It also features an anti-water droplet coating on the LCD screen.
BSI Sensor for Optimum HD Video Quality
The W200 features a BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor that delivers double the sensitivity of conventional CMOS sensors and reduces image noise and distortion. The camera offers video output at 1920 x 1080 HD at 30p/25p, and at 1280 x 720 at 30p/25p. It records video in the popular MP4 video format, making it easy for you to edit footage in the program of your choice.
The pocket cam also takes still photos at resolutions up to 5.5 MP (2720 x 2040).
Record Pause While Shooting
Featuring Record Pause mode, the Samsung W200 allows you to briefly pause your recording and then pick up right where you left off without creating a new file. This way, you only have one file to work with and won't have to merge files for editing, sharing, or transferring.
Smart Filter Effects for Artistic Stills and Movies
Tap into your artistic side with the W200's built-in Smart Filter feature. Smart Filter gives you a wide range of color and lens effects to give your shots some added flare. These effects include Vignetting, which fades the edges of your shots for a dramatic focus, and Fish-eye, which offers a fun, distorted look.
Built-in USB Port for On-the-Go Convenience
The Samsung W200 Pocket Cam is the world's first waterproof point-and-shoot camera with a built-in USB port. A USB arm is built right into the bottom of the camcorder, so you won't have to worry about packing extra cables. You'll be able to easily transfer your videos to your computer and share them with friends and family, wherever your travels take you.
2.3-Inch Clear-Pixel LCD with Wide Viewing Angle
The 2.3-inch LCD has 230,000 pixels, giving you a clear view of your recordings. With a wide-viewing angle, the LCD lets you see exactly what you're recording from almost any angle, even when you're not directly in front of the screen.
The Samsung W200 Pocket Cam is backed by a one-year warranty.
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So far this is a great little video camera. I took several video's with it, and they turned out great. A few things to note though. It uses a Micro SD, or Micro SDHC size card for storage, which you have to purchase separately. It will record 4 hours at 720 or 2 hours at 1080 on a 16GB card. One of the reviews I read on a marketing site said that you could adjust the frame rate, if you can, I have not found out how. The menu gives only 2 options 1080 and 720, both at 30fps. It only takes 1.5 seconds from when you press the power button, to being able to shoot video. When you plug the camera into your computer, it sets itself up as 2 drives, one with the data, and the other with the intelli-studio Light software. I found this to be very easy to use to do basic editing, cutting out little parts of the video that I did not want, etc... I also love the feature that allows me to pause the recording and then start it again without creating a separate file.
Sony's size is even smaller than this camera, which is pretty small, but QUALITY is the very best.
Overall, the W200 is solidly built and offers good recording, playback and options. Its shortcomings are in it being waterproof. This is not designed to have regular underwater recordings. The major complaint is playback (built in speaker) and barely audible. The playback to TV or computer has that same poor sounding audio greatly improved, so its only the built-in sound having issue. The camera has a small LCD screen, offers no built in light for low light recordings like the Panasonic TA2. The Panasonic TA2 offers a larger screen for playback, louder (built-in) speaker. The Panasonic built in spot light (for low light subjects) is excellent. The Samsung has clumsy buttons, not commands when pressed. Panasonic touch screen also needs solid pressing to command but is better than the rubber buttons of Samsung. Both pocket cameras are well worth purchase but not paying the suggested retail price. Panasonic offers voice (non video or still) recordings, which are nice when dictating. The Samsung offers pause from live recording and stills from live recordings with one touch. Both plug into your laptop or desktop and recharge fairly quick. Samsung's Bright Screen for outdoor,improving subjects vs. glare. But this shortens the battery life. Panasonic has dual microphones located on top of the unit, whereas, Samsung has a tiny mono microphone that responds well to sounds. Both units have good playback sound (not built in sound of either unit) The Panasonic zoom is by touch screen and not impressive, Samsung has cursor T and W (tele and wide) button..with more noticeable zooming but clarity and distortion begins with either camera. Side by side, the Panasonic offers a larger LCD 3inch screen with directional viewing (wide or 4:3). the Panasonic accepts SD cards whereas the Samsung uses micro SD cards. Samsung slightly comes in better with overall picture and brightness and viewing (when outside). Neither camera should be used under water... causing a quick return to the manufacturer. Which is the better of the two? Its a toss up. Both were good overall. Depending on differences noted above, they both are decent pocket HD Cams.
I wanted to comment this camera works fine with MacBook and OSX 10.7.3 Lion and iMovie 11. Yes the image editing software provided with the camera does not run on a Mac but most Mac users will want to run iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Before purchasing I was worried about comments saying this camera would not work with Mac computers.
I removed the microSD card and inserted into a USB adapter I have. When I plugged in the USB adapter iPhoto opened automatically (in case there were still images). I opened iMovie and on its own it opened the Import from Camera dialog box (manually you can click on the silhouette camcorder icon in the center left of the iMovie panes). The sanDisk micro SD was recognized and the clip showed up in a preview pane. I selected the clip and Imported All (there is a toggle switch for automatically combining all clips into one or manually picking the clips to import - mine was set to automatic).
When I clicked on Import All the program asked me what resolution I wanted; Large at 960 x 540 or Full. It warned me that full might result in uneven playback on my computer (implying it takes a powerful processor to work at 1280 x 720). I read online working on the 960 x 540 mode would save considerable disk space and not be noticed. The import of a 3 minute clip took about 3 to 4 minutes.
I exported this file to several formats to check on how long it took, size, and output format:
3:20 minute test movie:
Raw from camera; MP4 format, 211.8 MB
Mobile (480 x 272), 2 min to export, 23.3 MB, m4v
Medium (640 x 320), 4 min, 40.7 MB , m4v
Large (960 x 540), 7 min, 98.2 MB, m4v
HD (1280 x 720), 8 min, 259 MB, .mov
33 min, 37.9 MB,
optimized for CD/DVD
frame rated current
Key every 150 frames
Data rate 1372 kbit/sec
Made a longer 34 min movie at a child's graduation. Many short clips that I edited into the movie, took some time to convert to the iMovie native format. Now using the camera anti-shake feature and feel that is required when walking or standing (not using a tripod). Shot indoor footage on a lit stage and the video quality was great even with zoom at half maximum. Outdoor colors good as well, full zoom does not look grainy on well lit subject. Images in the shade were good as well as long as there was no brightly lit object in the background (I think the manual talks about how to solve this problem inherent to any auto light adjusting camera). I took stills as well, this camera is better than my older Cannon digital. Microphone was okay but as expected wind noise was picked up, I did not pick up camera noises or zoom noises. Overall very satisfied with the camera. I also made this movie into an MP4 using quicktime (385 mb) which took a long time to render (4 hours) but the best quality and smallest size. A mobile export from iMovie was larger and much lower resolution (but took less time to render).
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