Date: June 2nd, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a walk around the camcorder and point out what you, the potential buyer, should know about your upcoming purchase.
Starting off at the front, thankfully the lens shutter cover is now completely automatic and there is no longer the need to manually open it every time you want to take a photo or record some HD footage. This comes in handy and you won't be constantly putting the lens cap on and off, but still will offer perfect protection from dust and debris. You will also note the flip up flash that is used during taking photos if the light conditions are not ideal. The camera detects lower light conditions and will automatically open the flash when needed though you will have to manually close it when you are finished. Still, it is a nice feature and aids in taking some pretty decent photos.
The HD lens has a 6.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor capable of an 8 megapixel photo, has 10x optical and 100x digital zoom capability. with the electronic stability initialized, you can still zoom out to quite a distance before then camera shake will become a little hard to watch. Of course a tripod would help with that as well.
At first glance most will see a rather simple photo with the usual zoom control and the photo capture button along with an easy to use function mode change button. One thing to note is that mode changes take a bit of time seeing they don't allow you to quickly skip over ones you don't want to initialize. This supposedly has been fixed with a firmware upgrade to allow for quicker toggling between functions without waiting for each to load completely.
The right side of the unit has an adjustable hand strap and a hidden, yet useful function.
The swivel hand-grip allows for comfortable video recording from lower vantage point and allows you to record at lower levels without getting on your knees or crouching.