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Samsung HMX-W200

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Samsung’s entry in the waterproof compact stakes is well worth taking a dive with. Weighing just 140g, with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor for additional sensitivity, it’s a well engineered shooter for the money, with impressive durability. The company says it’ll survive a drop of 2m and will work 3m down in the drink. To that end, there’s an Aqua-filter giving optimised underwater colour balance alongside prerequisite image stabilisation; however the digital zoom is a paltry x3.

The W200 shoots 1080p/25 and 720p/25 MPEG-4 video, and will snap images at 5.5Mp. Movies and snaps are recorded to a MicroSD/SDHC card. Throw in some funky digital effects (fisheye, negative, sepia) and you have an appealing active compact. And considering the price, it's easy to recommend for the casual user who needs a knockabout camcorder.

Samsung HMX-W200
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Reg Rating 80%
Price £80
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Sony Bloggie Sport Mobile HD MHS-TS22

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This ruggedized addition to Sony’s one-button record line of cam-pacts may only weigh 148g but it’s a game beast able to withstand a moderate soaking, sandy beaches and some rough and tumble in the woods. It comes in a choice of black, red and blue and features a 6.7cm/2.7-inch touchscreen which provides the main control interface. 

The tolerant F2.8 lens and Exmor CMOS sensor are sensitive enough to retain at least some detail when the light fades; after that you can call on a built-in LED lamp to brighten the frame.

The Bloggie Sport shoots crisp 1080/30p and 720/60p MPEG-4 onto the resident 4GB memory (no cards required), along with 5.1Mp stills. A SteadyShot image stabiliser calms BASE jumping jitters. Connectivity is good too – the camera has an integrated USB arm, for easy PC connection and charging; there’s also an HDMI output for direct TV connection. A bit pricey compared to similar models on test here and the fixed storage capacity seems meagre these days. But if you can live with those limitations, this Bloggie is a certainly worth checking out.

Sony Bloggie Sport Mobile HD MHS-TS22
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Reg Rating 75%
Price £179
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