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Looked good on paper not so in real life
on 26 April 2011
I was very impressed with the specs of this camcorder especially at its price point. So after viewing a few sample footage on youtube I decided to hit the buy button.
Received the camcorder very quicky from Amazon, great service. The camera is small, light and well built, the time shift mode is fun to use which is the only thing good about the camera.
After taking a few test videos outdoors and indoors I knew I made a mistake buying this camcorder. Outdoors with bright sunlight, the colours seem dull and not at all sharp, doesn't even look HD. Indoors things get worse, Samsung boast superiour low light quality with it BSI sensor but it's terrible, videos are yellow and grainy, all detail is lost and framerate drops. My Nexus S Android phone takes better videos with indoor lighting!
I instantly returned it to Amazon the next day. I've now brought the Panasonic SD90, which is twice the price but video quality wise it's night and day. Were the Samsung looks like DVD quality, the Panasonic truely has Blu-Ray HD quality recording. I guess you get what you pay for.
If you looking for something small and only intend to record outdoors, the Samsung may be sufficent for you, otherwise I'd advise you to spend a little more and buy something else.