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Samsung HMX-H300 Camcorder Review
There's no separate photo mode on the HMX-H300, but we actually like that setup. If you want to take photos or adjust photo settings you don't have to switch to a different mode—it can all be performed in the dual video/photo mode (the camcorder's regular shooting mode). To take a photo, you simply press the shutter button down halfway to focus and then all the way down to snap a picture.
There are only two photo resolution options on the H300: 2944 x 1656 (4.9 megapixels) and 1920 x 1080 (2 megapixels). The good news is that neither of these size options are interpolated, as they both fall under the HMX-H300's total pixel count of 5.1 megapixels. Additional photo controls include photo sharpness adjustment (soft, normal, or sharp), a continuous shooting mode, and a 10-second self-timer.
Time Lapse Record
Time lapse recording is a great way to capture minute movement—like a sunrise or a flower in bloom—in a fast-paced sequence. You set an interval in which the camcorder will record one frame of video over a long period of time. Interval options include every 1/2 second, 1 second, 3 seconds, or 5 seconds. Other camcorders, like certain JVC models, have more interval choices with their time lapse record modes, but the options on the HMX-H300 should be sufficient for most time lapse recordings. All videos recorded this way are captured at a 1280 x 720 resolution with the Super Fine quality setting and a 60p frame rate.
You can add a fade to your recording with this feature. Options for fading in, fading out, or fading in and out are possible.
A number of digital effects can be applied to your recordings. Options include: Black & White, Sepia, Negative, Art, Ghost, Dazzle, Noir, and Western.