Samsung HMX-R10BP review

A fun, versatile and affordable HD camcorder with a design twist

The sub-£350 price tag and an array of sockets that's limited to AV out, USB and mini-HDMI (no headphone or mic inputs for example) gives a nod to the fact that the R10 is not necessarily over burdened with features.

While that's true – there's definitely a dearth of manual features – the camcorder does still offer some variety and creative control.

Things don't start well though: the 5x optical zoom is pathetic for a camcorder at this price point (even the sub-£200 Toshiba Camileo H20 manages a 5x optical zoom!) and the electronic image stabiliser takes the shine off the quality of some footage.

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However, there's a hat-trick of exciting features that really cements the R10's reputation as an attention-grabbing camcorder: super slow-mo, HD timelapse and magic touch shot.

The first offers a choice of 300 or 600 frames per second (fps) recording, enabling you to capture events in super slow motion.

There's a limited time capacity for recording, but it's perfect for eye-catching moments: and these could be a goal celebration, a bouquet flying through the air(!) or as Samsung's website video suggests a child throwing a Frisbee.

Samsung r10 connections

CONNECTIONS: ports include USB, power and HDMI

HD timelapse recording is essentially an interval recording option. You can set the R10 up to record short bursts of video over a period of up to 72 hours.

Magic touch shot is a much simpler function, for stills recording, and allows you to press a point on the touchscreen LCD that optimises focus and brightness settings for recording.

Samsung has taken its lead from pocket-friendly, YouTube camcorders by incorporating software into the camcorder.

There is no disc to install; instead you simply connect the R10 to your PC and the software installs directly from the cam.

his works remarkably quickly and speeds up the process by which you can share your videos via the net. The software interface is perhaps a little intimidating for beginners but spending time getting to grips with it will prove incredibly useful.

The software isn't Mac-friendly – though the video footage can be played using QuickTime – but your Apple computer will recognise the R10 as an external disk when it's connected – allowing you to drag and drop video and photo files.