With the HMX-W300, Samsung had the perfect opportunity to address many of the shortcomings of the camcorder’s predecessor, the W200, which had plenty of room for improvement. Poor button construction, mediocre video quality, and the lack of a Macro Mode were some of our previous complaints that are still not ameliorated with the W300.
In fact, the W300 seems like more or less the same product as the W200, with the exception of perhaps a slightly better build and the introduction of new issues like its poor-quality autofocus. It’s not the worst pocket camcorder we’ve ever seen, and its ruggedness is definitely a plus, but it was, on the whole, still very much a letdown. The W300 was a second chance for Samsung and the company didn’t capitalize on it, instead opting to release a product that was, in many ways, identical to the W200 with its disappointing performance.