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Samsung QF30

"Switch Grip II" HD camcorder with live streaming and Wi-Fi® (White)

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  • Samsung QF30

    Back, 3/4 view, LCD folded out

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    Front, 3/4 view, from right, LCD rotated outward

Item #: 305QF30W
 
 
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Our take on the Samsung QF30

by Woody Sherman
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.

Live and local

Your company's about to make a major announcement — but two-thirds of the top brass are away at a conference. Your public relations director would love for them to be able to see it as it happens. Can you help?

Turns out, you can. It seems your Samsung QF30 HD camcorder is good for more than just birthday parties and family gatherings. With a little help from USTREAM'S webcasting site (a basic account is free), this camcorder's live streaming mode will put your press event online in short order. The CEO is happy, the Communications Director is happy, and that's probably going to trickle down to you being happy. All because you had a feeling about the right camcorder for you.

It was born smart

Samsung calls the QF30 a "smart camcorder," and sets out to prove it with features like Wi-Fi® assisted streaming to your compartible smartphone. Check in on the baby's nap — or make sure your new puppy's behaving while you visit the neighbors. Auto-backup transfers your captured video to your PC or Mac, without wires, and without any fuss after initial setup. You'll rest easy knowing there's another copy of that once-in-a-lifetime shot living on your computer's drive. Plus, you can link directly to online social and image sharing communities like Facebook, YouTube™ and Picasa™.

Samsung QF30 camcorder

The Samsung QF30 camcorder is designed to help out left-handers and right-handers alike

Left-handed compliment

Over ten percent of the world is left-handed, so it's about time someone invented a camcorder that can be rotated at 180 degrees to accommodate this unjustly ignored segment of the population. The "switch-grip II" feature senses the change in the camcorder's orientation and flips the picture upside down, so everything's just as it was for the right hander in your family. Not only that, the Samsung QF30 shoots in portrait mode as well, and locks in place at the 90 degree mark as well, so you can take pictures of scenes that have dynamic action along a vertical axis.

Creative director

A powerful 20X zoom lens will get you up close to the action as your granddaughter gets face to face with a curious giraffe. Optical image stabilization makes sure those tight shots won't bounce or shake. And sophisticated time lapse and Art Film modes set your imagination free to explore your new-found creative impulses.

Highlights:

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video to optional SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards (speed Class 6 and up recommended)
    • maximum video resolution: up to 1920 x 1080/60i, in both landscape and portrait orientation
    • live streaming resolutions: 1280 x 720/60p and 432 x 240/30p
    Features:
    • live broadcasting feature via USTREAM (ustream.tv); the QF30's livestream videos will not be saved on the camcorder
    • on-board Wi-Fi® lets you eaily upload web-resolution videos to sharing sites like Facebook™ and YouTube™
      • Wi-Fi also allows wireless automatic backup and easy monitoring of the home from remote locations
    • 1/4" back side illuminated CMOS image sensor for improved detail and low noise
    • 20X optical zoom lens (40X digital zoom)
    • switch grip feature enables you to shoot in three positions by rotating the camera to 0, 90, or 180 degrees
    • captures 5.3-megapixel still images in photo mode
    • 2-channel AAC audio from built-in stereo microphone
    • 2.7" 230k-dot WVGA touch-panel LCD
    • OIS Duo+ optical image stabilization for reduced shakes and shimmies
    • backlight compensation mode for better exposures against brightly lit backgrounds
    • Smart Auto mode identifies your recording situation and optimizes camcorder settings for best results
    • Art Time-Lapse Recording captures still frames at preset intervals, then creates an HD file with the stills placed in sequential order
    • Smart BGM II mode lets you choose one of four pre-loaded classical pieces to score your movies
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro USB jack for video transfer to a computer
    • micro HDMI output (cable not included) for watching your videos on an HDTV
    • 1-15/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 4-3/4"D
    • weight: 6.4 oz. without battery
    Included Accessories:
    • AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery (BP-125A)
    • micro USB cable and A/V cable
    • software CD and quick start guide
    • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Preliminary info from the manufacturer
    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    2.7"
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    Optical Zoom
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    20 x
    Digital Zoom
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    2 x
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    Image Stabilization
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    Optical
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    Digital Still Camera Features
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    Inputs and Outputs
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    Micro
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    Dimensions
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    Width (inches)
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    1-3/4
    Height (inches)
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    2-1/16
    Depth (inches)
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    4-3/4
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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