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Samsung F40 Ultra Zoom Camcorder

October 26, 2010 by  
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  • 65x Intelli-Zoom/52x Optical Zoom
  • Long Battery Life (4Hr 20Min)
  • Time Lapse recording
  • IntelliStudio 2/0 (Built In PC Software)
  • Animated Thumbnail

Product Description

With its incredible 65x intelli-Zoom (52x Optical Zoom), the Samsung SMX-F40 series give you the ability to bring distant images into forefront focus, enabling you to zoom closer to the action from further away.

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Samsung F40 Ultra Zoom Camcorder


5 Responses to “Samsung F40 Ultra Zoom Camcorder”
  1. R. Malik says:

    I want to preface this review with a comment. If you are expecting that this camera is going to put out High Definition quality videos and be amazing in low light situations, then you’re looking at the wrong camera. In fact, MOST cameras will have difficulties in low light situations. The camera was not designed for HD, obviously, so that expectation should go out the window.

    Overall, the camera is great. Purchased for $165 from Amazon’s website at the end of March 2010. The camera has excellent zoom and picks up sound very well. The reason that the camera was purchased was to capture golf shots between friends. It’s very lightweight and easily fits within the compartments of our golf carts/bags. It’s still a bit big to fit into my pants to the point where I feel comfortable taking a golf shot. Don’t get me wrong, it is still small and CAN fit into your pant pockets. I just don’t like the feel of it when I take golf shots.

    I had considered purchasing the Flip HD and Kodak zi8 (which I do have) and must say that though the form factors on the handheld camcorders is better from a size standpoint, you simply can’t beat the benefits of this camera.

    For those of you who are concerned about the battery life, let me assure you that the 4.5 hrs of battery life is definitely real. I tested it today since I was skeptical about it as well. This ‘concern’ came about because the battery indicator light is not designed well and appears to drain faster than it really does. At one point, there were zero bars on the indicator but the camera continued taking video for an additional 45 minutes.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Karen Joan says:

    I am very disappointed in the SAMSUNG F40 ULTRA ZOOM CAMCORDER. The A#1 killer is the picture quality. The SAMSUNG F40 ULTRA ZOOM CAMCORDER has 5 quality settings: TV Super Fine, TV Fine, TV Normal, Web Fine, and Web Normal. All of the TV settings give you an image with obviously interleaved scan lines. That results in a very ugly image with jagged lines when you move the camera. When I first saw this, I was incredulous. Maybe I’m just spoiled by my Sanyo camcorder that cost twice as much. When I selected the Web resolutions, the scan lines seemed to disappear or at least were minimized, but the image size and resolution diminished. I tried other settings but nothing helped. On this point alone, I have absolutely no use for the camera.

    Some reviewers have suggested that the SAMSUNG F40 ULTRA ZOOM CAMCORDER would be ideal for a teenager’s first camcorder. Even on this, I’m torn. On the one hand, it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and quite easy to use (even my five year old figured out how to take movies). On the other hand, the image quality is awful. But it IS cheap. Well, a quick scan of competitors reveals that there are even less expensive camcorders (half the price!) that get good reviews AND do full HD.

    I really wanted to like this little guy. It has a nice form facter, is very simple to use, and is incredibly light. It might be just right for a kid or someone with a very specific budget. But, at this point I can’t even justify keeping it in my glove box in case I see Sasquatch being abducted by Jimmy Hoffa and flying away in a UFO. The picture quality from the SAMSUNG F40 ULTRA ZOOM CAMCORDER is just that bad.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. David Wolf says:

    Of course, this is not one of the top-of-the-line cameras that will cost somewhere approaching $1000, so we should not have expectations that are in that range. If one compares this to the Flip recorders, there is a distinct advantage. Not only is this camera extremely portable and compact, but it has a built in optical zoom of 52x (digital zoom up to 65x), and having used it, I can only say the zoom is amazing.

    Buy it with a 16gb SDHC card, and you get over 4 hours of recording time and battery life, which is not bad for a camera in this price range.

    Video quality is great, though I am not terribly impressed by picture quality (you can take still pictures, but that is not what this is for, in my opinion).

    Yes, it comes with PC software, even built in to the camera itself as well as a disc, but it does work with the software included by default on Macs.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I purchased this camcorder because of its trim size and low weight. While it was quick to set up and use, transferring recordings from the camera to a DVD is complex and frustrating. Because of the MP4 format, it is not compatible with many software editing products, including Microsoft Movie Maker. When I called the Samsung tech support folks, they basically told me that I needed to purchase third-party software and that burning DVDs from the camcorder without extra software was not possible.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. keeneye says:

    Ease of operation, but read the manual first(available on line)My biggest disappointment is that right after I purchased this unit(last week in a bundle option)) the price for the camcorder alone dropped like a brick(more like a concrete block!)from about $200 to about $160 at some Amazon stores.So far I took some short movies indoor and outdoor .Indoor the video quality isn’t so good, probably a two**.Outdoor the quality improve greatly,in a overcast day as well as in clear weather,let,s make this a 4***I also took some pictures,well you should use a digital camera for that!The battery life is great ,however not the 4 hours they advertise,but certainly at least 2,1/2 hours .They only quality issue is the power button being flush or below the outer shell,so think about growing long fingernails,you’ll need them at least when powering “off”,which require a longer push down(I’m not growing long nails myself,I resolved by crazy gluing a small spacer on top of the button for extra height.There you have it !A good camera with dozens of menus and sub menus, really great zoom and auto focus features ,I’m giving it 4 star for $160,for having paid too much it’s only a 3and half star.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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