- Solid build quality
- Decent low light performance
- 30x optical zoom
- Mediocre picture quality
- Subpar audio pick-up
- Manual lens cover
The H300 is not a bad buy for the family’s first camcorder, owing much of that to its solid build. Serious videographers, however, might want to venture further up the price chart for their next device.
Samsung is branding the HMX-H300 as the “ultimate HD family camcorder,” and it’s easy to see why after looking at the price and specs. The H300 records 1080/60i high-definition, offers a relatively deep 30x optical zoom, sports a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, and has manual picture controls found on many higher-end camcorders.
Priced $399 at launch (although I’ve seen it on sale for as little as $280), the H300 is one of four devices in the 300 lineup, which includes the H303 ($449), H304 ($499), and H305 ($599, although, this model seems to be no longer available from Samsung). The differences between the models come in the form of on-board flash memory, which ranges from no memory on the H300 to 32GB on the H305.
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I tested out the HMX-H300, but there should be no difference in the form or function between it and the others in the 300 family, sans the on-board memory.
My basic buying advice has always been to save money and go with the cheapest option if you’re only sacrificing memory. I say this for three reasons. One, storing videos and pics on devices is risky, and you could lose any footage permanently if you accidentally drop the camcorder. Two, SD cards are inexpensive and an 8GB class 10 SDHC card can be had online for less than $15. Three, the $600 you’d spend on a 32GB H305 would be better spent on a more feature-rich device of the same price.