Date: November 21st, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
So what is packed into this small, yet useful device?
First off, we will start with the top of the device. With a lot of small devices, you are stuck with mono audio due to size restrictions. But with this model you have a fully functional 100% stereo microphone capable of recording excellent sound. The microphone pick-up is quite strong as well. I was able to record my voice through it from over 4 feet away and had no problem understanding what I said. Seeing this is indeed a video camera, that is to be expected but when you apply that sensitivity to the internal voice recording capabilities, you have an excellent voice recorder that could be used in larger rooms.
From the top be move onto the bottom where from left to right you will see the tripod connector, the cable/cradle connection and to the far right you have the lens cap tether.
The charging and data transfer cradle does come included with this package. The camcorder slides neatly in place if you need to top up the battery or to transfer your newly required media. For transfer, all you need to do is slide the unit in, and then turn the camera on. More on the software later on in the review.
As said earlier, the cradle is the main hub for this device but it can also be seen as quite multifunctional itself. For instance, this cradle can charge, transfer data to and from and also allow you to directly to a TV or VCR for recording thanks to the A/V (Audio/Video) connection. It is pretty straight forward.
Moving from top to bottom you will first be faced with the main circular control dial which is used for menu navigation and for the zoom functionality. Below the controls is the main record and capture button. Whatever functionality you are currently using, this button allows you to capture your media whether it is video or audio. Below the record button is the system LED which can glow orange or green whether you are charging (orange) or full charged and/or hooked up to the computer (green), or recording your media (red).
Next we have the main power switch you use when turning the unit on and to initialize the PC hookup when the device is in its cradle. Once you slide the switch down, it will catch midway to keep the power on and if you want to change the mode, you slide the switch down further while the unit is on. A sub-menu will appear and you can use the top navigation buttons to choose what function you want at any given time. From off to ready to record you will have to wait maybe 5-7 seconds.
Under the power switch is the main menu button which you can use to change the media recording setting on the fly or to access the secondary menu when you are reviewing and viewing your newly recorded media on the built in display. It is exceptionally easy to use and you will get the hang of it in no time.
The first thing I did when I installed the battery and charged it up was try to find the optical view finder. Don't bother looking and save yourself some time because there isn't one. You are going to have to use the flip-up LCD screen for any recording or viewing. I find this a kind of love/hate scenario. I love the fact that the lack of the viewfinder keeps the weight and the size low, but I do not like the fact I am stuck using the battery hungry LCD screen for all recording. As mentioned in the previous page, battery life is limited and the LCD for sure is the reason. But realistically, people buying such a unit are more than likely not going to be using this device for recording a long wedding, but are going to be using it for handy video recording while traveling, hiking or any other recreational activity which will not physically tolerate a bulky camcorder. You will be really pushing it to get anything over 45 minutes worth or recording and if temperatures are a little on the chilly side you can cut that recording time in half.