Samsung SMX-K40 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

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6.7 out of 10 based on 6 reviews.
Samsung SMX-K40: Horizontally held, 52x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Sean, Redcar

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
very light, fairly good battery life,low light recording fgood though there is some graining.easy menu with animated thumbnails of recordings.good value for money.
Bad points:
upscaling playback through hdmi lead dissapointing no better than standard av cable. no hdmi cable supplied.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Very lightweight. Good picture if used in good sunlight. Easy to use. Sits comfortably in your hand.
Bad points:
Picture quality is only good if used in good sunlight. Low sunlight causes the picture to be grainy. The picture does not rotate with the camera. You have to keep the camera absolutely still whilst filming. I also bought an hdmi lead to plug the camera into the tv (also a samsung) but it causes terrible humming.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Nov 2009

Alan, Redcar Keen amateur

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Size and weight very good. Menu easy to navigate. Looks good. Uses reasonably cheap sd cards. Long recording time 16gb card, standard definition footage easily transfered to DVDs.
Bad points:
Poor picture quality, even when connected to a HDMI lead to a HD tv, picture worse than a 10 year old sony mini DV camcorder. Cannot keep up with fast or even slightly moving objects, lots of blurred images. Would class it as cheap and cheerful.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 3.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Feb 2010

Julia, London Just point and shoot

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Seemed to be good but really difficult to use with my PC.
Bad points:
I am really annoyed actually as I bought this product with the recommendation of shop staff. I need to produce DVDs for a teaching course I am doing. I film myself teaching and then have to hand the DVD to my tutor who give it to the Examining Board. I asked foe a camera that was easy to use.
It was easy to record the teaching, but so difficult to use with my PC. I've got Windows, quite normal. First of all we had to download something - software I think - from the Internet in order to get the images into the computer. This took a couple of evenings. Then it seemed impossible to transfer onto DVD. I asked for help from the IT specialist worker at the school, even she was stumped. Then my brother, also an IT specialist, helped me with some other software - Nero. After a couple of evenings we managed to find the right route to get the images onto a DVD. This took about a week's evenings of phonecalls, posting the Nero disc and trying. Having got the images onto disc we made sure it was watchable on my son's laptop. But it has come back from my tutor with her saying it is too jerky to watch.
At one stage I tried to phone the stire for help. The phone number on the website is unobtainable, it's the same one in the phonebook. So I was really fed up.
Now the disc has come back with my tutor not being able to se the work, I'll have to go down to the shop. But the occasion of the teaching work cannot be repeated.
So not a good review really!
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 1.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 1.0
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Apr 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 52
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording No
Weight (g) 230
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2009-09-22

Also known as: SAMSUNG K40, "Samsung SMX-K40, Samsung SMX-K40BP/XEU, Samsung SMX-K40SP

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Manufacturer's Description

With Samsung’s new K-Series camcorders, you can enjoy near full-HD quality video for the price of a standard definition camcorder. The SMX-K40 records exceptional standard definition video at a resolution of 720 × 480, and then can be played back on an HDTV in near full-HD quality thanks to advanced upscaling technology and HDMI connectivity. With a built-in HDMI output on the camera and HDMI cable (sold separately), simply connect the camcorder directly to an HDTV for near full-HD playback.

The SMX-K40 also offer ones of Samsung’s most powerful zoom lenses. You have a 65x Intelli-Zoom at their fingertips which drastically enhances the ability to capture any moment, no matter how far away you may be. Significantly more reliable than a standard digital zoom, which negatively affects the quality of the image, Samsung’s new Intelli-Zoom allows you to go beyond the camcorder’s 52x optical zoom. The K-Series also features Samsung’s advanced Optical Image Stabilizer, ensuring that video will be shake-free, whether zoomed out or using the camcorder at it’s full 65x Intelli-Zoom. Furthermore, the camcorder’s world class Schneider-KREUZNACH lens delivers the quality and performance needed to help capture the most impressive video possible.

The SMX-K40 does not have internal storage and requires the use the of a SD/SDHC card.

The new K40 follows in the footsteps of the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 and boasts several unique features which differentiate them from the competition and make video recording even more enjoyable. Such features include Samsung’s built-in intelli-studio software, animated thumbnails, and a versatile charging system.

No longer do you need to worry about being near a computer in order to edit or share video. The K-Series all feature Samsung’s play-edit-sharing program called intelli studio. The built-in intelli-studio program allows you to turn any computer into a mobile studio, offering the ability to edit and play video without having to install supporting software. Sharing is also simplified using intelli-studio as the program takes the hassle out of uploading content to popular video sharing Web sites.

Samsung’s animated thumbnail feature simplifies the way users search for video clips. Each video clip saved on the camcorder is represented by a small thumbnail on the LCD screen. When scrolling through one’s videos, each thumbnail will provide a short playback of the video file when highlighted by the user. The SMX-K40 also features a versatile charging system. Recharge the battery by simply connecting the camcorder to the supplied AC adapter or via USB while the camcorder is connected to a computer.

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