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Samsung HMX-E10

HD digital pocket camcorder (Black)

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Our take on the Samsung HMX-E10

by Kristen Schaub
Samsung

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Capture the excitement from every angle
Hard-to-reach shots are a cinch with the Samsung HMX-E10. Its swivel lens rotates 270° to give you the ultimate angle for every memory you capture. You can enjoy more flexibility and add some creative edge to your videos, whether it's an up-close shot on a sharp angle or filming yourself in the action. And with full high-definition video recording, your movies come out looking clear, colorful, and detailed. Just add a microSD card to store your images.

Creative HD videos
The 'E10 lets you shoot both high-def video and 8-megapixel photos. It also comes with a number of picture effects to help you get a truly unique take on your memories. Use the "miniature" effect to shrink your subjects, "vignette" to fade the edges, "defog" to auto-correct haze and improve clarity, or "sketch" to transform your photos into hand-drawn works of art. This cam also has a panorama mode that takes multiple shots of scenes and stitches them together to make one continuous panoramic image.

A touchscreen that adjusts to you
Shoot and review what you capture on the 2-11/16" LCD touchscreen. An intuitive user interface makes finding features a breeze, so you you won't have to take your eyes off your subject when you're adjusting camera settings. And when you hold the cam horizontally, the picture automatically rotates and expands so your widescreen videos fill the screen.

Fewer cables, less clutter
Tired of too many cables and discs crowding your desk? The 'E10 has a handy USB arm built right into the bottom of the camcorder, so you can easily connect to a computer and share your videos with friends and family. This cam also comes with PC editing software built-in — it automatically runs when you connect the 'E10 to a computer, allowing you to view, edit, manage, and upload images. Plus, an optional HDMI cable is all it takes to connect your 'E10 directly to your TV for video playback on the biggest screen in your house.

    Storage and Formats:
    • records to HD video to micro SD cards (not included)
      • optional 16GB SDHC card holds approximately 2 to 3-1/2 hours of video footage
    • maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Features:
    • 270° swivel lens
    • snaps 8-megapixel photos
    • 2-11/16" touchscreen LCD automatically switches between vertical and landscape mode
    • picture effects include miniature, vignette, defog, and sketch
    • panorama mode stitches multiple shots together to create one continuous panoramic image
    • Intelli-studio 2.0 editing software built in
    Technical Specs:
    • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
    • flip-out USB arm for easy connection to a PC
    • 2-5/16"W x 4-5/16"H x 3/4"D
    • weight: 3.1 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    2.7
    Viewfinder
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    None
    Total Pixel Count
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    8,000,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    High-Definition
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    Yes
    Aspect Ratio
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    16:9
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Optical Zoom
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    1 x
    Digital Zoom
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    2 x
    Night Imaging
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    No
    Image Stabilization
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    No
    Built-in Video Light
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    No
    Built-in Memory
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    None
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    90 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
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    Built-in Photo Flash
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    No
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    4:3, 16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    Mini
    Mic Input
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    Dimensions
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    Width (inches)
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    2-5/16
    Height (inches)
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    4-5/16
    Depth (inches)
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    0-3/4
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Digital pocket-sized camcorder (black)
    • BP-90A Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V/3.33Wh)
    • Wrist Strap
    • User Guide on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Customer Support card
    • Product Registration card

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    General Features
    Battery Information
    Connections
    Built-In Editing Software

    General Features

    Full HD Compatible: The Samsung HMX-E10 high-definition (HD) flash-memory camcorder is capable of recording and playback of Full HD video. Video are recorded in a 16:9 aspect ratio at the following resolutions: 1080/30p (1920x1080, 30p), and 720/30p (1280x720, 30p).

    CMOS Image Sensor: The E10 features a 1/3.2" CMOS image sensor with 8-million pixels.

    H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) Encoding: The Samsung HMX-E10 uses advanced H.264 video compression technology. It uses a high compression rate to sharply increase the recordable time with the same size storage. The camcorder also records JPEG still images.

    2.7" LCD Touch Screen: The camera is equipped with a 2.7" LCD touch screen monitor. In the recording mode, the camera is held upright. The top portion of the LCD screen includes a 16:9 monitor (landscape orientation), while the bottom portion of the screen includes separate touch screen controls for video and still image recording and zoom. During playback, the videos and still images are rotated 90° so you can view them on the full LCD screen.

    Recording Media: You can record video and still images onto optional microSD or microSDHC memory cards. The camcorder supports microSD cards 1 GB to 2 GB and microSDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB.

    Note: The camcorder does not include an internal memory, nor does it come with a memory card. An optional memory card must be obtained prior to recording.

    Swiveling Lens: The E10's F2.2 lens is built into the top of the camera, and can swivel forward or backward up to 270°, allowing you to achieve the perfect angle for your shot. The lens has a fixed focal length of 4.9mm. The 2x digital zoom lets you get closer to your subject.

    Built-in USB: The camcorder features a convenient, built-in USB Type A plug. Whenever you want to upload your videos and pictures or charge the unit, just release the spring-loaded USB plug from the bottom of the camera and plug it into your PC.

    Dual Recording: You can simultaneously capture still photos while recording videos. The still image is recorded without a shutter sound so it won't be picked up by the camera's microphone. Up to six photos can be captured per video recording. The resolution of the still image depends upon the resolution of the video:

    Video Resolution Captured Photo Resolution
    1080/30p 1920 x 1972 (2M)
    720/30p 1280 x 720 (1M)

    Panorama: The Panorama function lets you record a wide landscape or tall building in a single picture. When the Panorama function is enabled, you can record the scene by moving the camera in one direction horizontally or vertically while touching the Photo button. The resolution is set automatically to 1M.

    Smart Filter: You can apply special effects to you photos using the Smart Filter feature. The various effects include:

    • Normal: The camera displays a normal image without any effects.
    • Miniature: Blurring parts of the photo makes a life-size object or location looks miniature in scale.
    • Vignetting: Applies retro-looking colors, high contrast, and strong vignette effect of lomo cameras.
    • Sketch: Filter makes the photo look like a pencil sketch.
    • Defog: Emphasizes blue tones for the sky and reflective objects, such as show windows.

    Recordable Time for Movie Images: The Samsung HMX-E10 provides the following movie recording times when using a 4 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB microSDHC card:

    Movie Resolution microSDHC Capacity
    4 GB 16 GB 32 GB
    1080/30p 27 min 112 min 223 min
    720/30p 49 min 201 min 400 min

    Photo Recording: The E10 allows you to record JPEG still images onto an inserted microSD/microSDHC memory card. The image sizes, and the number of images you can store on a 4 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB microSDHC card are as follows:

    Photo Resolution microSDHC Capacity
    4 GB 16 GB 32 GB
    8M (4:3)
    3264 x 2448
    1986 8037 9999
    6M (4:3)
    3264 x 1840
    2643 9999 9999
    5M (4:3)
    2592 x 1944
    3150 9999 9999
    2M (16:9)
    1920 x 1080
    9999 9999 9999

    Battery Information

    Rechargeable Battery: The Samsung HMX-E10 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (BP-90A). The battery can provide up to 80 minutes of continuous video recording at 1080/30p and 90 minutes at 720/30p. It offers 140 minutes of 1080/30p playback and 150 minutes of 720/30p playback.

    USB Charging: The camera can be charged while plugged into your computer via the built-in USB plug. USB charging takes approximately 190 minutes to complete.

    Auto Power Off: For power saving purposes, the camcorder will automatically turn off it there is no operation for 5 minutes.

    Connections

    USB: The Samsung HMX-E10 features a built-in Type-A USB plug for connecting the camcorder to your computer. You can also charge the battery when the camcorder is connected via USB.

    mini-HDMI: The Samsung HMX-E10 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camcorder to your HDTV via HDMI.

    Built-In Editing Software

    Intelli-Studio Built-in Software: Editing software is stored inside the camcorder. Connecting the camcorder to a Windows computer using the built-in USB plug runs the editing software application. The application enables playback, editing, and sharing of the camcorder's recordings on your Windows PC. The built-in software is not compatible with a Macintosh computer.

    System Requirement: The internal Intelli-Studio software is compatible with Windows only. Your Windows PC will need to meet the following system requirements to use this software:

    System Requirements Windows Only
    OS Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
    CPU

    Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher recommended
    AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.2 GHz or higher recommended
    (Notebook: Intel Core2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.6 GHz or higher recommended)

    RAM 1 GB and above recommended
    Video Card nVIDIA Geforce 8500 or higher
    Ati Radeon HD 2600 series or higher
    Display 1024 x 768, 16-bit color or higher
    (1280 x 1024, 32-bit color recommended)
    USB USB 2.0
    DirectX DirectX 9.0c or higher
    Memory Card A microSD card of Class 6 or above
     
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    Written By Michael, Lincoln, CA on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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    I am annoyed at the lack of information that is necessary to gather prior to purchase. The only way to charge the battery is to plug it into a COMPUTER. Suppose the purchaser does not have a computer ? Moreover, it is necessary to open the back of the unit to effect the recharging process. It is DIFFICULT to open this unit. These annoyances should be presented to the consumer BEFORE the point of purchase. Further, the manual is next to worthless ... poorly written and totally lacking in essential information.
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    Limited but good for the money

    Written By Sid G., Corpus Christi,Tx on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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    Excellent for what it does. Very good movie quality although still photos will only display well with camera held perfectly still. Very good value at present price. Pick one up and you will be happy with this as a backup or casual camera.
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