When the Q10 was made, Samsung had two things in mind - price economy and universal usage. The first was achieved through a very competitive price while the second was achieved in a very unique and special manner - the camcorder can be held and used in either hand! Almost all the camcorders out there have been built for the dominant, right-handed population. What should be the plight of those that are 'left'? The thick rubbery hand strap of the Q10 ensures that with the help of a simple sliding buckle, a southpaw is able to handle it. The image in the viewfinder also flips and the circular zoom controls function either way up. Even if you are not a left-hander, this would be an elegant piece of equipment to use when your right hand is busier in other things!
When it comes to the performance of the camera, it is a mixed bag. The CMOS sensors have been backlit to allow a good image quality even in low light conditions. However, in spite of this, videos taken in low light conditions show a lot of color noise and a general loss in the picture clarity. While shooting in adequate or artificial lighting, the camera performs very well for a device of its size and price range. The still images taken too have the same kind of results - good under light and poor in dark conditions. There is a speaker in the front which is quite sensitive to sounds. Commendably, the microphone does a good job of filtering away the wind noises. Since the camera is usable by both hands, screen orientation is a fact that one has to live with. However, the screen is quite quick in adjusting to the upside down orientation. The image stabilizer does a good job of reducing the hand shake. But there is quite some shake that gets generated while zooming. This is because of shot-jogging that occurs while using the awkward zoom.
In spite of its low price, the Q10 arrives loaded with features. With the ability to shoot in full HD (1920 × 1080) at 50 fps, the camcorder can also shoot still photographs at 4.9 MP resolution. Those that seek professional control can rejoice with the manual white-balance feature that is available in this model. The manual focus control is another great feature that helps in shot composition and movement. These features are usually not available in a camera of this kind. Added features that enhance the videography are the image stabilizer, the 10X Schneider optical lens and an illuminated CMOS sensor. The connectivity is ensured via the mini USB, the AV jack or the HDMI jack.
When one emphasizes on quality alone, the Q10 may not figure as high in the list as Canon or Panasonic. But when the emphasis is on value for money, the camcorder is an excellent deal. It definitely has its drawbacks, but those on budget will have to learn to focus on and celebrate the many strong points that it boasts of.