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Samsung SMX-F30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 263 reviews of Samsung SMX-F30. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and size. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the battery, and there are some less positive views about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SMX-F30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 263 reviews)

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Samsung SMX-F30


Really light and a good shape to carry about. Good quality zoom and quite easy to transfer onto computer or watch on the TV.

Wish it had come with a memory card . If you programme it to use the fade option it forgets it when you swith it off, so you have to remember to reprogramme it again next time.

Apr, 2011

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Samsung SMX-F30


It is brilliant for what I want from it i.e. weddings/births and other family events .

Difficult to pring pages from the Instruction CD.

Dec, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


ease of use

battery cover comes off when using some of the functions

Sep, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


My granddaughter used this camcorder for her GSES, because its so light & easy to use it helped her immensely.

As yet no bad comments on this camcorder.

Sep, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


Small enough to carry around in a small handbag, ready for use straight away, easy to use for filming, still shots and playback. Long battery life,

Image stabiliser not brilliant, software provided to burn images to DVD is far from straightforward - still trying to work it otu but losing patience.

Aug, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


Light and simple to use. Play back not too difficult.

Keep forgetting to close lens cover/shutter Zoom control a little difficult to access as it is too near to finger so can't easily adjust. Too many options ! Accessory pack /holder needs a smaller carrying case as at times it is a little cumbersome when...

Aug, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


This camcorder is easy to use straight out of the box - it charges quickly, which can be very useful. It produces excellent quality video footage in 16:9 format. The instructions do need to be read initially in order to get the best out of it, and it...

The autofocussing can be a little slow to catch up. It very much depends on what it being recorded. There are specific settings in the menu that allow you to set it for fast moving objects, which helps. Despite using an SDHC memory card, there is still...

Aug, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


Very light and easy to use once set up. Excellent value at the price paid.

Selector switches a little fiddly to set up. Charging connection seems flimsy and its coverplate crude.

Aug, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


very easy to use with a very good zoom that only affects the picture quality slightly

Aug, 2010

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Samsung SMX-F30


value for money

none so far

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

Samsung SMX-F30 features Samsung's powerful 42x Intelli-zoom lens brings the world closer without sacrificing image quality. Plus with H.264 codec you can easily share your memories on the internet and portable devices.


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:IA-BP85ST
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung IA-BP85ST

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:3
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Colour of product:Black / Blue / Red / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Flowing water / Food / Hi-speed shutter / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:116000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.68

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):35.3 - 1200.2
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-4.3
Max Focal Length:78.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:34
Optical Zoom:34
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.48Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:540Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):2.3 - 78.2
Audio recording formats:AAC
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/ Vista
Interface:USB 2.0
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/60 - 1/10000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):800 x 600


Compatible memory cards:MMC+, SD, SDHC


Analog signal format system:PAL
Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480 / 720 x 480
Video formats supported:H.264

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:1200
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Cosmetic / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia / Stepprinting
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.5 / 6
Height :6.05
Width:12.5 / 6