Sure, your mobile phone might be ‘smart’ enough to capture videos, but nothing beats a dedicated camcorder for capturing all your precious, albeit private, moments. [firstpara]
And that’s where the Samsung SMX-F40 comes in.
Ergonomics is one of the SMX-F40’s main strengths. It’s very compact to hold, and at just 220 grams, it doesn’t fatigue your arms quickly.
Within your fingers’ easy reach are the power, zoom, record, and mode switch buttons, making the camera very easy to operate using only one hand.
It also features a 2.7-inch swivel LCD, and a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan f/1.8 lens.
You’ll get to see the additional operation buttons once you move the swivel LCD outward. These buttons are the Smart Auto mode, LCD enhancer, back light settings, Menu access button, and the combined zoom/navigation controls and an extra Record button.
On the other hand, the USB, charger port, and the SD/SDHC slot can be found on the bottom portion on the camera.
With regard to the SD/SDHC memory, Techie.com.ph’s suggestion is that you get “an SDHC card with a maximum capacity of 32GB” because a 2GB SD card will “give you only around 78 minutes of video recording time and 1,539 1.6MP photos.”
The Samsung SMX F-40 is capable of recording videos at a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, although there are five other TV and web resolution settings from super fine to normal.
for stills, the camera has a maximum resolution capability of 2 megapixels, though that could be adjusted as well.
Aside from those, the camera also lets you choose from 9 preset scene modes, and lets you tweak aperture, shutter speed, EV, white balance, image stabilization, digital effects, and focus.
a basic camcorder, the SMX-F40 also boasts 52x optical zoom, and a 65x Intelli-Zoom (digital) feature.
At P16,900, the Samsung SMX-F40 has got a lot of features going for it that really aim to make your shooting experience a satisfying one.
Though the image quality can suffer at lowlight conditions, and the camera can indeed be operating at a quicker pace, it does give you enough bang for the buck.
When the lighting it good, it has great image quality. And the battery life, which roughly lasts around 3 hours, is more than adequate.
Last but not the least, it also has sharing functions for YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and e-mail.
All in all, though basic, the SMX-F40 is an affordable yet capable camcorder that should be ideal for those who want to capture high-quality video yet don’t want to spend a fortune.
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES
Editor's Note: Results are based on DOE's latest test
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