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Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 1080i, 720p HD
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot
  • 1/4.1" CMOS Low Light Sensor
  • H.264 Compression
  • 30x Optical Zoom
  • 3.0" Wide Touch Screen LCD
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Long Recording Time
  • 4.9MP (2MP) Still Capture

The Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black) is the perfect little device for capturing your vacations and family memories. Its compact size and 30x optical zoom let you easily capture 1080i or 720p HD video in all sorts of out-of-the-way places, while the large 3" touchscreen LCD gives you a range of control over how your images are recorded. Along with the H.264-format video you can shoot JPEG photos--both of which benefit greatly from the camera's optical image stabilization, which keeps zoomed-in and handheld images from getting too shaky or blurry. A 5-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor helps keep noise and distortion to a minimum, even under low light, letting you shoot in less-than-ideal conditions. All your video and stills are captured to a readily available SD/SDHC memory card, which allows for hours of high-quality HD footage that can be easily shared with family and friends.

3'' LCD Touch Screen
3.0" LCD Touch Panel display gives you a clearer picture of what you're shooting. By leveraging the latest in LCD display technology, the Touch Panel delivers clean, crisp images that are saturated with natural color and deep, dynamic detail, enabling you to shoot with enhanced comfort and confidence in any external light condition. With the large 3.0" display, it's much easier to browse through content and find the exact features you're looking for. Most useful, the extra large LCD screen makes it easier to select the features you need.
HD Time-Lapse Recording
Still frames are taken at preset intervals and put together in sequential order to create a video file that speeds up the slow passage of time.
OIS Duo
Samsung HD camcorders offer OIS Duo that ensures the steadiness and stability of every moment. Minute lens shifts compensate for shaky hand and body movement, guaranteeing that every image is presented to perfection.
Backside Illuminated Sensor
BSI (Backside Illuminated) CMOS is twice as sensitive, for better low-light recording with less image noise and distortion.
Camera
Sensor 1x 5 Megapixel 1/4"  CMOS Sensor
Optics
Lens 2.47 - 74.1 mm (16: 9)
f/1.8 - 3.7
Zoom Optical: 30x
Digital: 300x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC  
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
1280 x 720p
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 4.9 Megapixel, 2944 x 1656
JPEG: 2 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3"
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 3
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Accessory Shoe None
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs Not Specified By Manufacturer
Outputs 1x USB Mini-B
1x HDMI A (Full Size)
1x Composite Video (out)
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
Languages English
Battery Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Adapter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.0 x 2.2 x 4.7" / 5.0 x 5.7 x 12.0 cm
Weight .5 lb / .23 kg
Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black)
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Battery Pack
  • Component A/V Cable
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
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    SamsungHMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (22)
    • Easy to use (17)
    • Great picture quality (13)
    • Image stabilization (12)
    • Large clear LCD (9)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)
    • Poor still image (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (12)
    • Travel (8)
    • HD shooting (7)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Low light (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (9), Enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    above average quality for price

    This is my 1st HD camcorder, and it did not disappoint. It also integrates well with a Samsung TV.

    I read numerous reviews of the H300 before buying it, and...Read complete review

    This is my 1st HD camcorder, and it did not disappoint. It also integrates well with a Samsung TV.

    I read numerous reviews of the H300 before buying it, and none of the noted 'cons' have been noticed. In my opinion, you will not be disappointed.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disapointing to say the least

    I purchased the Samsung H300 shortly after I returned the Samsung H200 (previous model). The problem with the H200 was that its internal mic would record the noise from the zoom and autofocus...Read complete review

    I purchased the Samsung H300 shortly after I returned the Samsung H200 (previous model). The problem with the H200 was that its internal mic would record the noise from the zoom and autofocus motors. The firmware update removed some of the high-frequency noise others have complained about. But the motor noise only got worse.

    So I decided to trade up for the H300. But I was very disappointed to find that it did not correct the previous model's wrongs. The motor noise is still there, yet slightly softer. But Samsung continues to mount their internal mic on the lens housing (what do they expect!). I wish they would move the mic to the back of the LCD panel like most other cameras.

    But the biggest flaw is in its video quality. I was actually very pleased with my H200's video quality and sensitivity in low light, thanks to its BSI (back-side illuminated) CMOS sensor. But for some reason, even though the H300 uses the exact same sensor, it produces horrible noise and graininess in similar conditions. Even under direct indoor lighting (kitchen table with bright chandelier) I experienced noticeable noise where I did not with the H200.

    I thought that this had to simply be a problem with the firmware calibrations and it must have been fixed with an update. But no. I was already running the most current version of firmware. So that's when I decided to give up and return it.

    For my purposes, I was looking for an HD camera that could record in a native format like .mov or .mp4 so I could easily edit without converting. I did not want an AVCHD camera because I didn't want to spend hours and hours converting before I could use the footage. If you are in the same boat, you'll find that your choices are limited to Sanyo, Samsung, or a few different "generic" brands.

    After trying a Sanyo and several other cameras in this category, I have given up and went back to DV until the industry improves.

    I do have to say that the 30X zoom is amazing, and the stabilization is buttery smooth. Besides that and the nice .mp4 format, there's not much else on this camera worth mentioning.

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    5.0

    Great Camcorder

    By Family Man

    from Roanoke, VA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

      Great camcorder for the price. Very compact and easy to use. Sufficient zoom capabilities.

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      4.0

      With HDMI to 55" TV WOW! .. Amazing!

      By Oldbaldy

      from Gukf Shores, AL 36542

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

      I'm 89 yrs old and having fun with my new toy. Just went to a gethering of friends and got home ans HDMI cable was in the mail. It's hard to believe the quality & detail...You can count every whisker! This is my 4th camcorder, VHS, 8mm, before to compair it with. Using it less than a week is not long enough to learn all the Pros & cons, I'm just learning to use the touch screen...easy to use & fun In a month or two. I;ll be able give a more complete review. Now I'm pleased with purchase & BHfoto.

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      5.0

      Great

      By family paparasi

      from Virginia, USA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

        This is a great camcorder and eassy to use, fo thee Holidays I will be using with my family.

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        • Yes

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        3.0

        WARNING

        By cincinat

        from SF USA

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

          It takes tamelapse video ONLY IN 1280x720. Otherwise nice little unit, eazy well designed controls, semyOK in low light. Inage stabilisation in DUO mode reduses fild of view at wide angle.

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          4.0

          small and easy

          By cincinat

          from SF CA

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

            All as advertised, but time lapse rec is only HD720, not HD1080 as regular video.

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            3.0

            LCD glare too strong to use outside

            By Lady Traveler

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

            • Complicated To Operate

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

            I bought the camera to take on a cruise, but the video screen glare is so strong that I was not able to see what I was recording. Now I'm trying to capture my grandson playing little league; same problem ... All I see is my own reflection. I am unable to zoom in and out because I cannot see what image I'm getting. I'm so disappointed. I'm going back to my MDV tape video cameras for all outside activities.

            When recording inside the camera is wonderful.

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            3.0

            HMX-H300 HD Camcorder by Samsung

            By Tapeless Now

            from Northeast Ohio

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                  I have had this for about 2 weeks. So far, so good. Battery life is a little short, but seems all of them have a short battery life. I haven't downloaded yet, but menu is easiest of any on the market in this class to use. And small enough to fit in your pocket.

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                  5.0

                  Very happy with this camcorder!

                  By NWC

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                    Easy to use, easy to hold, easy to carry with you and great picture quality and zoom. So far very happy with this camcorder.

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                    4.0

                    Good for record at night

                    By Woody

                    from Oakland, NJ

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Must buy Min 16GB SDHC

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                    I bought the camcorder to record the middle school football. It is excellent to record night game. But I must buy a SDHC(Min. 16 GB).

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                    5.0

                    HMX-H300 SAMSUNG

                    By greek

                    from Ruston, louisiana

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        purchased to video grand children ball games. easy to use, great zoom, easy to carry, no problems so far,

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera for the Price.

                        By Ben from SC

                        from South Carolina

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                        • No External Mic Input

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        Bought this camera to record my Son's Football games. It works great in full HD. however the battery life might only be about 2hrs instead of 3. But I wasn't counting on 3 hrs. Zoom is awesome as well as the Picture. I connected directly from the camera to my HD TV and it was like watching the super bowl in HD 1080. Great picture. I reccomend this camera.

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                        5.0

                        above average quality for price

                        By DO

                        from Canada

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • Poor Still Image

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                          This is my 1st HD camcorder, and it did not disappoint. It also integrates well with a Samsung TV.

                          I read numerous reviews of the H300 before buying it, and none of the noted 'cons' have been noticed. In my opinion, you will not be disappointed.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great seller

                          By HK

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                            [...].Samsung camcorder is great and really really reasonable price with HD quality wich is not avaiable with other companies' one..

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best Little Device I've Had

                            By Bel

                            from Columbus, OH

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Movies/Short Films

                              Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                              For the money, this little camera is fantastic.
                              The video is great, and the zoom is also fantastic.
                              The built-in video stabilization feature is a great add on, and I recommend anyone from someone looking for something to record memories on or even to beginning film makers (like myself) to get this camera.

                              There are really no problems I've had with the camera. It comes with plenty of built-in effects and settings, everything from Macro and White Balance to Color modes that make a fun time for beginners.

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                              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              NICE HD VIDEO

                              By TPD9

                              from AKRON OHIO

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • HD Shooting
                                • Home Movies
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                GREAT HD QUALITY. HAS FEATURES OF CAMCORDERS COSTING TWICE AS MUCH. ANY CAMCORDER AT SUB $ PRICE POINTS ARE GOING TO SUFFER IN LOW LIGHT. THIS CAMS NOT TOO BAD THOUGH NO INDOOR ISSUES THAT I HAVE SEEN. THE BEST HD QUALITY WILL BE OUTDOORS THOUGH. IF LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE IS YOUR THING YOU'LL NEED TO SPEND MORE.

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                                (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                SERIUS GLARE PROBLEM

                                By CAMBO

                                from SYDNEY. AUSTRALIA

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Zoom range/performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                    CAMERA CANNOT BE USED IN SUNLIGHT.
                                    HUGE GLARE PROBLEM. PAGE 30 OF MANUAL FORBIDS USE OF ANTI GLARE PROTECTOR FILM. LCD SCREEN BRIGHTNESS CANNOT BE ADJUSTED.
                                    CAMERA DESERVES 4 STARS . GREAT FEATURES.
                                    GREAT ZOOM. GREAT PICTURE.
                                    CONCLUSION : GREAT CAMERA FOR CLOUDY DAYS !!

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                                    (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I just purchased this cam 3 day ago

                                    By dragon

                                    from va

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Zoom range/performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Documentaries
                                      • HD Shooting
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Movies/Short Films
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                      [...]

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                                      (1 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Very poor qoality product

                                      By socodor

                                      from TX

                                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                                      Pros

                                      • none

                                      Cons

                                      • No image stabilization
                                      • Poor Image Quality
                                      • Poor In Low Light
                                      • Poor Sound
                                      • Poor Still Image

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                        It doesn't matter what you do or how you try to use this camcorder, the only thing do do is to send it back where it came from. Poor video, stabilization is like inexistent even in what they call "duo" mode.
                                        My advise: stay away from samsung, these people don't know the meaning of the word quality.

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                                        3.0

                                        Disapointing to say the least

                                        By Jhonny0099

                                        from Detroit, MI

                                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Excellent battery life
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Great Zoom
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Manual controls

                                        Cons

                                        • Mic picks up zoom noise
                                        • No External Mic Input
                                        • No Flash
                                        • Poor Image Quality
                                        • Poor In Low Light
                                        • Poor Sound
                                        • Poor Still Image

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Only in outdoor lighting

                                        Comments about Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                        I purchased the Samsung H300 shortly after I returned the Samsung H200 (previous model). The problem with the H200 was that its internal mic would record the noise from the zoom and autofocus motors. The firmware update removed some of the high-frequency noise others have complained about. But the motor noise only got worse.

                                        So I decided to trade up for the H300. But I was very disappointed to find that it did not correct the previous model's wrongs. The motor noise is still there, yet slightly softer. But Samsung continues to mount their internal mic on the lens housing (what do they expect!). I wish they would move the mic to the back of the LCD panel like most other cameras.

                                        But the biggest flaw is in its video quality. I was actually very pleased with my H200's video quality and sensitivity in low light, thanks to its BSI (back-side illuminated) CMOS sensor. But for some reason, even though the H300 uses the exact same sensor, it produces horrible noise and graininess in similar conditions. Even under direct indoor lighting (kitchen table with bright chandelier) I experienced noticeable noise where I did not with the H200.

                                        I thought that this had to simply be a problem with the firmware calibrations and it must have been fixed with an update. But no. I was already running the most current version of firmware. So that's when I decided to give up and return it.

                                        For my purposes, I was looking for an HD camera that could record in a native format like .mov or .mp4 so I could easily edit without converting. I did not want an AVCHD camera because I didn't want to spend hours and hours converting before I could use the footage. If you are in the same boat, you'll find that your choices are limited to Sanyo, Samsung, or a few different "generic" brands.

                                        After trying a Sanyo and several other cameras in this category, I have given up and went back to DV until the industry improves.

                                        I do have to say that the 30X zoom is amazing, and the stabilization is buttery smooth. Besides that and the nice .mp4 format, there's not much else on this camera worth mentioning.

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                                        Transcend -  8GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10
                                        • You Pay: $7.49
                                         

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                                        Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

                                        Samsung -  IA-BP210E/PP Lithium-Ion Battery (3.7V)
                                        • You Pay: $27.95
                                         
                                        Pearstone -  IA-BP420E Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 3950mAh)
                                        • You Pay: $19.99
                                         

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                                        Pearstone -  Onyx 1030 Digital Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
                                        • You Pay: $17.95
                                         

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                                        • You Pay: $249.00
                                         
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