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Samsung SMX-F30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 197 reviews of Samsung SMX-F30. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, 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 also get good views, but there are some critical reviews about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

battery, 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 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Samsung SMX-F30


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

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Tom (

Samsung SMX-F30


Easy to Use, lightweight and compact. Very good picture quality with vibrant colour. My product came with a perfectly good carry case which I think is a recent addition to the box. So don't go for complete package offers, at extra cost which offer the...

Minor dissapointment is that the still photographs are not that great. I knew this before I bought it so can't really complain. It's not a camera after all. But it would have been nice if Samsung had incorporated a quality camera

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Samsung SMX-F30


value for money

none so far

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Peter (

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

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Christopher (

Samsung SMX-F30


Small, compact, exceptional sound quality, ease of use, brilliant little buy

Battery life could be slightly longer

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: DAVID (

Samsung SMX-F30


image super, you ccan get about as close a 1cm; 40x optical zoom is super; excellent value; looks great,; time lapse availabe; very easy to use but you can read the manual to learn more; smashing download to your pc (which you can edit then burn to DVD...


Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: gary (

Samsung SMX-F30


ease of use, convenient memory card storage.compactness

zoom is not pressure sensitive on the control. lens cover not automatic

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Sonia (

Samsung SMX-F30


Quality of the Photos and the video is brillaint. The product is easy to use, lightweight and compact for travel use. Comes with its own carry case that is small enough to fit into a normal size handbag

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Lorna (

Samsung SMX-F30


Small, lightwieght, records to memory card, very easy to use with clear screen ; I love it and still not used all the many settings. Great buy

As yet i have not found any, only not having more time to enjoy this great piece ; of kit

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: anthony (

Samsung SMX-F30


the camera is very comfortable to hold when using and it is very easy to use and i like the way it is so compact

i do not have any bad points about this camera

Jun, 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