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Samsung HMX-H200 review

A quality SD/SDHC camcorder with 1080p recording

Our Verdict

For

  • Decent video quality
  • 20x optical zoom
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Photo mode

Against

  • No supplied mini HDMI cable
  • Lens cover design

At first glance the Samsung HMX-H200 looks like a conventional DV tape camcorder, but there's a stack of features lurking beneath the shiny black surface.

The Samsung is indeed a solid state camcorder that records to an SD/SDHC card. It has no built-in memory, but other members of the range have 8GB (HMX-H203) to 32GB (HMX-H205), which can raise the price as high as £360.

The HMX-H200 records video at 1080p, with options for 720p and DVD quality, but we were surprised to see the Samsung sporting a 20x optical zoom and touchscreen controls, as well as being able to take 4.7-megapixel photos.

The HMX-H200 sells for £300, but we found it at Dixons for £252 and, frankly, we smelled a rat. A camcorder with that sort of specification and such a low price must be flawed.

If you look hard enough you will indeed find one or two minor issues. For instance, you have to flick a switch to open the sliding lens cover. The supplied AV cable is simply enormous, and Samsung supplies a USB cable, but not a Mini HDMI cable.

Video quality is good, but not great, and doesn't quite match the Canon; however, the Samsung is superbly usable and has excellent controls. Press the hardware menu button on the fold-out screen and you have icons for iScene profiles, resolution, white balance, EV (light intensity) and focus (auto, manual and touch point).

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Alternatively, use the software menu button and you have two vertical tabs: one for video settings and the other for system settings. Plug in a USB cable and the Intelli Studio software launches.

The software checks the Samsung website for updates and installs the latest version on your laptop and then imports photos and video from the camcorder.

All in all the Samsung HMX-H200 is an excellent camcorder with some great features.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Number of Image Sensors1
Effective Video Resolution2.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Product FamilyHMX
Recording MediaMemory Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom200x
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Recording FormatsFull HD
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/4.1"
Maximum Image Resolution2880 x 1620
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Audio ChannelsStereo
Maximum Battery Run Time2.17 Hour
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camcorder Resolution3.3 Megapixel
Maximum Video Lines1080
Interlaced ScanYes
Progressive ScanYes
USBYes
Longest Shutter Speed1/50 Second
Shortest Shutter Speed1/10000 Second
PictBridgeYes
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)37 mm to 748 mm
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height59.3 mm
Width58.5 mm
Depth111.7 mm
ColourBlack
Video SystemPAL
Product SeriesHMX
Minimum Illumination3 lux
Focal Length3.20 mm to 64 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelHMX-H200
Product NameHMX-H200 High Definition Digital Camcorder
Aperture Rangef/1.8 to 3.7
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberHMX-H200BP/XEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung H200 Camcorder will deliver rich, natural colours and deep, dynamic detail that you wouldn't normally expect to see. While movies shot in Full HD resolution will retain incredible image intensity, so when viewed on Full HD TVs and monitors, you and your family enjoy favourite moments like never before.

Package Contents
  • HMX-H200 High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • Battery
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Component/AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)283 g
White Balance Modes
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Tungsten
  • Custom