Samsung F34 16GB SD Flash Camcorder - Blue, (34 Optical zoom, 2.7" wide LCD, H.264 recording, Still Image Capture, 3 Hours Battery,)
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- 8GB internal flash memory
- 42x Intelli-zoom Schneider lens: brings the world closer without sacrificing image quality
- H.264 codec: easily share your memories on the internet and portable devices
- Still Image Capture (800x600): For ultimate convenience of video and still capture
Slick Memory Card Camcorder (Including 16GB Built in Flash Memory)
The new SMX-F34 is Samsung's next generation YouTube-compatible compact digital camcorder. Building on the VP-MX20 camcorder, the SMX-F34 offers additional features and functionality, including built-in memory, digital still photo capability, and Samsung's 42x Intelli-Zoom. Significantly more reliable than a standard digital zoom which negatively affects the quality of the image, Intelli-Zoom allows you to go beyond the camcorder's 34x optical zoom without sacrificing image quality.
The SMX-F34 features a memory card slot for SD/SDHC and also offers 16GB of internal flash memory. Samsung is the first digital imaging company to apply H.264 compression to standard definition video, which considerably extends record times. Thanks to H.264 compression, users can record up to ten hours of standard definition video directly to the camcorder's internal flash memory without having to rely on a memory card. Samsung's new image processor also reduces power consumption, which translates to longer battery life. On a single charge, consumers can record up to three hours of uninterrupted video -- ideal for when you wish to shoot for extended periods of time.
Featuring a high-performance 680K pixel CCD sensor, the SMX-F34 delivers a resolution of 720x480 and also incorporates Samsung's new image processor which drastically enhances the overall digital imaging experience for the end user. Samsung's new image processor yields higher-quality video, 3-D Noise Reduction, Face Detection for up to five subjects, a brighter 2.7 inch LCD display, as well as H.264 compression.
The SMX-F34 is also the ideal camcorder for the YouTube videographer. Featuring a Web & Mobile shooting mode, you can set the SMX-F34 to record in the exact format and resolution required by YouTube, resulting in faster upload times. By selecting the Web & Mobile mode, the camcorder's resolution is automatically adjusted to 640x480 (H.264 / AAC / MP4) and optimized for use on Web sites. Furthermore, unlike other camcorders, users can easily import video from the SMX-F34 and play it on MP3 players and other portable multimedia players supporting H.264, without having to convert the files.
The SMX-F34 features a dedicated Photo mode that allows consumers to use the camcorder as a digital camera, snapping 800x600 resolution images. The SMX-F34 also offers added flexibility when it comes to zoom. Featuring Samsung's intuitive 42x Intelli-Zoom, users can go beyond the camcorder's 34x optical zoom without sacrificing image quality. When coupled with the camcorder's high-quality, Schneider lens, and improved Advanced Image stabilisation, you can rest assured that you'll be able to capture life the way you see it, with stunning colour and clarity.
Samsung SMX-F34 Highlights
Get closer - IntelliZoom 42x
Samsung's powerful optical zoom lens allows you to get really close to the action without sacrificing image quality. Featuring Samsung's 42x Intelli-zoom lens, nothing is beyond your reach. Samsung Camcorders use the high performance Schneider Lens, with extremely low distortion and astigmatic aberration tolerances, resulting in natural, accurate, compelling video that you will treasure for a lifetime.
More recording time, more memories to treasure
Enjoy recording more of the highest quality video footage with the Samsung F30/33/34. Thanks to the high performing H.264 Codec, the F30/33/34 record more of your memories than camcorders which use MPEG2. With the same capacity, the F30/33/34 record about twice more than MPEG2 codec. Its compressed video files are faster to e-mail and upload to the web, which makes sharing as easy as can be, with no loss of Image quality.
Still Image Capture (800x600)
For ultimate convenience of video and still capture, to store and share all your memories.
Time Lapse or Interval recording is to capture a frame at every time interval which users can set and is an effective way to enjoy time-varying looks of objects or scenes in a long time span.
Time-lapse recording is useful for filming in the following situations:
- Blooming flowers
- Clouds rolling by in the sky
The 8th generation DSP chip from Samsung
Experience the most naturally beautiful images with the 8th generation DSP chip from Samsung. Advanced Colour Expression, Hyper Digital Image Stabiliser, Super LCD plus, and Face Detection Auto Focus combine to make your digital image dreams a reality. Longer battery life, extended recording time, and higher quality digital imaging are enabled by the Samsung chip. By designing and implementing a powerful single chip control system, power consumption is dramatically reduced, allowing you to capture more memories that can be treasured for the rest of your life.
3D noise reduction
The F30/33/34 transcend the boundaries of convention by introducing 3D noise reduction that dramatically eliminates noise while maintaining the original edge and pattern of the image. By analysing motion between the frames, the frames are split into pattern / edge frames and differential frames and are passed through separate filters which maintain the pattern and edge and remove noise. After filtering, the frames are combined once more to make a cleaner, clearer image.
Colour as vivid as your memories
Digital Natural Colour Processing creates an expanded palette of colours that are closer to those seen in nature. By internally adjusting images beyond RGB into 4 colour CMYG spectral colour matching, the F30/33/34 are able to accurately recreate colours that are closer to those your eyes see, closer to your memories, and closer to reality.
Full angle grip
The F30/33/34's multi-positional swivel hand grip offers full flexibility and freedom of movement for the full range of shooting positions. The innovative swivel grip allowing you to seamlessly move the camcorder between regular and low level positions, giving you complete control over how and what you shoot.
Face detection AF technology
Unlike conventional camcorders, the F30/33/34's advanced Face Detection AF technology targets the faces in the screen. With intelligent face detection auto-focus, faces are always focused-on, even if they are not in the centre of the screen. Samsung's Face Detection AF enables you to capture clearer, higher quality video.
Battery life that won't let you down
With its long battery life, the Samsung F30/33/34 allow you to record, play, and have fun for as long as you like. Long battery life gives an incredible 3 hours of recording freedom (1.9W, 850mAh) compared with company A's 1 hour 10minutes (2.9W, 1000mAh) and company B's 1 hour 20 minutes (3.8W, 800mAh), giving you all the time you need to make memories that last a lifetime.
Sharing your life with friends and family becomes easier with the Samsung F30/33/34. By selecting the Web & Mobile mode, you can shoot in an H.264 that supports MP3 players and YouTube. The video files recorded by the Samsung F30/33/34 can easily be used with a transfer program and played on an H.264-supported MP3 player. The YouTube uploader in the Media show software bundle enables direct YouTube upload which bypasses the YouTube home site.
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Top Customer Reviews
I did have a Casio digital camera, but never really used it. So I thought it was time to get a camcorder.
Fantastic little first time camcorder. Not really up to scratch with these at the moment, so I just wanted something that was easy to use. Its not HD, but still looks great plugged into the telly watching back what I had recorded. The zoom on the camcorder is good. The only down side is when you've zoomed right in the image starts to shake, but hey never mind. The digital camera is not amazing on this either, but i never got it for that. The camera has a built in 16gb memory which is fantastic, but to be safe I ordered another 16gb sdhc card. Havnt really used it that much though as I only received it 2 days ago. (Going to take it to Wembley next month to watch Coldplay and on holiday to Florida next year)
I had just noticed that the camera has gone up to £200. I brought it when it was £170, thank god.
Still trying to find a suitable case for it though as I dont think they made one for this.
If your looking for a new camcorder that is cheap (WAS!!) and is easy to use then go for this.
I spent a long time looking at was available on the market and must have read 100's of reviews and this one kept coming up everywhere I looked. So it was obviously quite popular.
We have had fun with it already. We got some great video and stills at the lil ones birthday party [yes, it takes phots as well] and have used it constantly since. So far,so good, no problems. The images have been great. You have to pan slowly though when close to a subject so the focus gets time to adjust. Theres no tapes or discs required, its small and compact and light and does everything you would want a entry level cam to do.
I wont go into long boring detail about all the functions, suffice to say, I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
Although not HD quality, and you would not expect it to be for the price, the results were quite sharp and perfectly satisfactory when viewed om a 32" widescreen TV. Colours look convincing.
Ease of use. It worked straight out of the box, without spending hours studying the manual. However, a little time spent reading up will pay dividends with the more specific attributes of the camera.
Excellent 34 X Optical zoom.
10 hours recording time in normal mode using flash memory. I use Super Fine which still allows 6 hours.; batteries claimed to give 3 hours recording time.
Memory expandable with SD Card.
The camera does not respond quickly to changes in lighting, and the image is a little too dark in low light situations.
The image is jerky when viewing moving objects close up.
There is a tendency to inadvertently slide open the battery door on the base of the camera when in use.
The software provided requires a 3.0 GHz processor and as a consequence will not run on my computer. I overcame this by using alternative software that I already had installed on my system.
If you want a hard copy of the manual, you will have to print it yourself!
These issues I feel you can live with if a little forethought is given to situations that you wish to record. If you cannot live with them, then the alternative is to spend more money. Overall, an attractive package.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it to film the family, not to become the next oscar winning director . It does what it says on the tin. easy to use, good still cammara also.Published on 15 Jun. 2010 by Olivia Card
this camera is for idiots. It is so simple to use. I love it and a colleague has told me I won't ever need anotherPublished on 14 May 2010 by L. Bayes
I bought this camcorder so that I could record my new baby's early days - as he arrived early I didnt have much time to practise but this was the easiest camcorder to use - even... Read morePublished on 14 May 2010 by Sk Gendall