It’s a classic dilemma: Being in and around the water naturally lends itself to video-worthy moments. But all too many people are afraid to bring their camcorder to the beach or pool for fear of getting it wet. The solution: A waterproof pocket camcorder like the Samsung W300.
The Samsung W300 is a pocket-sized camcorder built for those times when water sports and pool time are on the menu. Waterproof to 16.4 feet, shockproof to drops from 6.5 feet, and dustproof, the W300 can handle a lazy day by the lake or a trip down the water slide. With full 1080p high-definition video recording at 30 frames per second, the 5MP MSI CMOS sensor offers double the sensitivity of conventional camcorder sensors, so your videos will come out crisp and clean with a minimum of visual noise.
One of the great advantages of the W300 is that you really don’t have to do anything to prepare for shooting in, around, or under the water. With image stabilization, automatic backlight correction, and face recognition features, the W300 comes primed to shoot outdoor action. When it’s time to head into the water to shoot marine life or your child’s swimming lessons, simply activate the W300’s Auto Aqua mode, which is optimized for underwater shooting and prevents the lens from fogging over.
One manual camera adjustment you might want to make involves the white balance on your W300. While your camcorder will automatically adjust to compensate for ambient lighting conditions, you might get better results by manually tweaking the white balance. On a blazing hot day with no clouds in the sky, the W300’s “Daylight” setting is best. Similarly, “Cloudy” will work better if it’s overcast or getting late in the day. For indoor shots of kids playing, try the “Fluorescent” or “Tungsten” settings, depending on the type of lighting in the room.
Millions of people are susceptible to motion sickness, so it makes sense to keep camera motion as limited as possible, lest your audience turn green while watching your video. Make sure image stabilization is on and keep physical movements minimized while you’re shooting. Although the W300 includes a 3x digital zoom, it’s best to use this feature on dry land rather than when you’re bobbing up and down in the sea, or else you’ll introduce additional motion to the shot. When in doubt use the 2.3-inch LCD on the W300 to review your clips after you shoot them to make sure you aren’t introducing too much motion.
This is good advice for any photography or videography project, but it’s especially important if you’re shooting underwater, where the light is naturally dimmer. Get as close to your subjects as possible, whether that’s your kids or the fish they’re swimming after, and try to fill the screen with the action. Avoid using zoom during a shot; instead zoom the lens before you start recording to get the shot framed the way you want it.
The W300 is unique in that it includes a “pause” button, so use it liberally while you’re planning your next video segment. By pausing the video instead of stopping and starting it repeatedly, you end up with a single, long video file at the end of the day instead of a mountain of tiny clips that have to be stitched together later.
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