Samsung HMX-Q10 review


A high end camcorder from Samsung

The new Samsung HMX-Q10 was announced during this year’s CES. It’s an expensive gadget and it leaves many people wondering if the heavy price is compensated by a great performance. We took the product for a spin and here is our test and review.

Backside-illuminated CMOS

The Samsung HMX-Q10 comes with the following specifications: 2.7″ Auto Rotate Touch-Panel LCD, 230K Pixels, 10x Optical Zoom, 5-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS, 1080/60i and 720/60p recording, 20x Digital Zoom, SD Card, USB 2.0, Intelli-Studio software, 4.7″ x 2.1″ x 1.7″ and181 g.
And now some of the features on this new device: Smart Touch 3.0 display, OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) Duo, Full HD videos, 1/4″ 5M (1/5.8″ 2.07M effective) Pixel BSI CMOS, SwitchGrip and Record Pause.

Smart Touch display technology

Samsung-HMX-Q10The Samsung HMX-Q10 is a very nice looking gadget: it’s sleek, stylish and the color it comes in is an elegant black. The Smart Touch display is very easy to use and it assures quick access to the product’s options. One of these, the drag-and-scroll, helped us capture all kinds of pictures. There are no unnecessary buttons on this camcorder; to turn it on we just had to flip the LCD screen open and the device was automatically set to the playback mode. We had no problems when using the menu, because it was very intuitive.

G-magnetic sensor

The SwitchGrip feature is great if you are either right-handed or left-handed: we simply flipped the camcorder over and started recording while at the same time feeling very comfortable when holding the device. This is done via a G-magnetic sensor that analyzes what hand holds the gadget and whether the user is comfortable with the gadget. When we wanted to pause a recording without having to create a new clip on resume, we simply used the Record Pause option.

Good optimal image stabilizer

Another sensor, the CMOS one, assures lack of noise and distortion and enhances the quality of your recording when shooting in low-light conditions. The Optical Image Stabilizer makes sure that your shaking hands won’t produce blurry images; it does so with the help of an integrated chip that adjusts to compensate for movement of your body or hands; this translates into steady videos. Another advantage of this feature is that it maximizes the stabilizing area while minimizing jerkiness; the two actions combined delivered great videos during our test of the latest HMX-Q10 camcorder, even if we were walking and shooting content at the same time.

Nice videos in low light

Our videos looked very well when we viewed them afterwards, thanks to the 1/4″ 5M (1/5″ 2.07M effective) BSI CMOS technology which reduced distortion and image noise. This feature also improved the quality of the recording process when we shot videos in low light conditions, such as the ones in a restaurant or at a concert for the test performed for this camcorder review.

Battery rechargeable via USB port

Other camcorder models come with an extra set of batteries or a charger included; this was not the case with this Samsung HMX-Q10. When the battery died and we wanted to recharge it, we simply connected the device to our personal computer’s USB port and turned the PC on; after a couple of seconds, the camcorder started to charge.
Accessories offered by Samsung for their HMX-Q10 model are the following: a carrying case, an HDMI cable and an IA-BC9UA4 charger.

Review conclusions

As we near the end of our test and review, one thing is clear: this camcorder makes a great pick if you are tired of your old gadget and want to buy a better one. This Samsung HMX-Q10 camcorder is easy to carry around, offers many nice features and is very easy to use.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS
Maximum5.1 million (s) pixels
Optical Zoom10
Digital zoom100
Recording MediaMemory Card
Sensor1 Sensor
Depth in mm119.4
Type CamcorderHorizontal
Wireless InterfaceNot
Digital InputsNot
Height in mm43.7
Lowest Focal Length in mm38.3
Focal Length in mm383
LCD Screen Size2.7
Port IEEE-1394Not
USB PortYes
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel230000
Maximum Aperture Tele2.5
Maximum Aperture Wide1.8
ResolutionFull HD
Shutter Speed fastest in Second1/10000
Shutter Speed slowest in Second1 / 60
Sensor Size1/4′
Type of Memory StickN / A
Type of SD CardSD / SD HC
HD Recording FormatAVCHD
Photo Mode Resolution Width in Pixel2944
Photo Mode Resolution Height in Pixel1656
Image StabilizerOptical Stabilizer
Capacity in GB0