|Samsung SC-MX20 Flash Memory Camcorder w/34x Optical Zoom (Red)
|List Price: $279.99
Our Price: Too low to display
The MX20 makes it easy to capture everything you want to remember and some you might want to forget. It features an optimized recording mode for YouTube, a schneider lens with 34x optical zoom, image stabilization and face detection. You can also record up to 16 hours using a 32 GB memory card. The SAMSUNG SC-MX20 also features the longest battery life in its class, lasting up to three hours. 680K/800K pixel CCD 34x optical zoom 2.7 LCD viewfinder Schneider Lens H.264 (720x480i) for longer recording - 6 hours recording in 8GB (optional) SDHC/MMC+ slot Advanced image stabilizer USB 2.0 Easy YouTube uploading 24 language GUI Jack - USB, A/V out Dimension - 4.9 x 2.6 x 2.4 Weight - 0.6 lbs.
- Record high quality video images with 680K pixel CCD, plus Schneider Lens
- Get close to the action with 34x optical zoom / 1,200x digital zoom
- Also shoot H.264 (720x480i) - 6 hours recording with 8 GB card, or 16 hours with a 32 GB card
- Designed and optimized for easy YouTube uploading
- Features an advanced image stabilizer and a 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder
- Unexpectedly Low Video Quality
When purchasing this camera, I was looking for a very basic video camera, something that would allow me to capture video memories of decent quality, but without extra features such as HD and still-photo capability that would drive up the price. I was happy with the look and feel of the camera, the size, and the menu set-up. I used the camera for a few weeks around the house, shooting impromptu videos of pets and family members. However, when I finally got around to viewing the videos on my computer, the quality was unacceptable. There were horizontal lines on the screen, horrible light capture, very fuzzy quality, and lack of true color. I ended up returning the item, because my digital camera takes videos that are of better quality than this video camera....more info
- Intuitive operation in a compact, highly portable unit: Great for Youtube!
There is a market for simplicity of design and this camera caters to that crowd. If you are a user that would like to just turn on the camera and start taking movies, this camcorder will make a happy consumer. This first generation of Flash memory camcorders is a nice step for allowing users to interchange media between cameras and camcorders in a very portable form of media.
The camera features a 2.7" LCD screen, 34x optical zoom, a swivel handle and a rotating LCD screen. This particular model operates utilizing a SDHC (high capacity HD card) or MMC (multimedia card) plus. A flexible option is to record in 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 standard options.
WHAT IS IN THE BOX?
AC power adaptor
Software CD (Cyberlink Media Show)
User manual CD, quick start guide (hard copy)
Cloth pouch (for the carrying case)
Unfortunately, to read the manual in detail, you have to load the disk and access the PDF on computer. A quick start guide gets you up and running very easily so you don't really need to read the manual given the simplicity of the camera. But the manual decodes some of the subtle features.
The software is a simple product with limited capabilities. Fine tuning allows brightness, contrast, color saturation, and white balance. You can trim out sections of a video clip for deletion or extract an interval of the video. Additionally there are general fixes for a shaky video, background noise and fixing lighting. The video can also be rotated. You can add annotations but no music or sound to existing video clips.
The software's system requirements are below:
RAM: 1 GB recommended
3 GHZ Pentium 4
OS: Windows Vista or XP
MEDIA Supported: DVD+/RW or DVD-/RW
My biggest requirement for a camera is a battery life indicator. You can see this when the unit is in video mode or if you hold the iCheck button down. While taking videos, I love seeing how much recording time I have left (hours,minutes,seconds) and approximately how much battery life I have left in minutes.
The housing is hard plastic in a silver and blue combination. A switch operates the built-in lens cover. I find a built-in cover to be convenient since it is hard to keep track of something that can be easily taken off. A novel feature is the ability to rotate the handle with the built-in vinyl strap 180 degrees. The handle allows the user to record in almost any up-down angle. The most useful configuration is holding the camera like a pistol. You will not have to hold your camera up to your face (or on your shoulder) or have your elbow at a constant 90 degree angle (which is really hard for many people), like old camcorders had the user have to do.
The LCD screen opens out and also swivels 180 degrees so you can film yourself talking. A tripod mount is in the underside of the unit and the unit does sit flat when set onto a counter - despite the fact that this is shaped like a bullet.
A small door in the back of the unit contains ports for the A/V cable, USB cable and AC power supply. The underside of the unit contains a battery door with a slot next to the battery for a memory card.
There are not too many buttons on this unit to simplify the operation. There is a record button, playback and video button, and an on-off switch in the back. The body houses only 3 buttons: an icheck button for the LCD display, LCD contrast button and an Easy button that makes this a point and shoot camcorder.
On the LCD frame, there is a menu button, 4 way directional button with central enter button, and a record button.
The top of the unit has a zoom/wide angle button. This button does not have fine control so it should be set and video should be taken at that setting. Otherwise the audience watching the video could get sick.
Now, practically speaking the record button in the back of the unit is hard to access when your hand is in the strap. The button on the LCD frame is easier to access, but is more for 2 handed operation.
There is a tiny speaker in the body of the camera that serves the purpose of just hearing sound. Quality of the audio playback from the camera is limited. A volume control toggle, fast forward, reverse, play and pause button are utilized with the 4 button directional keys, during playback.
Before you can use this camera, you need an SDMC. There is no internal memory.
It takes about 8 seconds from the time you push the power button to getting ready to take videos. The toggle switch for video and playback seamlessly allows the user to take video and quickly select the clip that he or she wants to review.
Playback mode utilizes the directional keys to select the video clip of interest to review. The menu button during playback allows the user to have play options, delete clips, format the card, lock/protect a clip. With digital media, you don't have to worry about rewinding or fast-forwarding as you would would Mini-DV, 8 mm or VHS.
Taking videos is easy with the EasyQ button. Camera shake is activated, white balance, color, shutter speed, etc. are set. All you have to do is adjust your zoom and push record. This is the best feature for a simple person like myself who wants a foolproof method of capturing a moment in time.
For more advanced users, turn off the EasyQ button and you can access the Menu. There are 10 iScene buttons for various situations: Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow, Manual, High speed, Waterfall and Food. You can toggle Digital Zoom off (which I recommend since there is too much pixelation with digital zoom) - 34x is more than enough for many practical situations. Guide lines are available to frame your video in 3 modes: Off, Cross, Grid and Safety Zone. Resolution can be set for Superfine to Youtube mode.
You can set the fader to on or off.
Intervals for the length of a clip can be customized.
Backlight for objects in front of a light source can be turned on and off.
My favorite custom feature on this camera is the Digital Effect function where you can set Black and White, Sepia, Negative, Art, Emboss, Mosaic, Cosmetic, Pastel, and Stepprinting can be set for a more artsy touch.
The A/V cable allows me to connect to my Plasma using a RCA input. What you see on the LCD (good or bad) is the same image you get on the television. You can watch video clips or record while attached. The LCD flips out and inverts so you can have the camcorder shut with the LCD menu out to watch your videos. No remote is available with the unit which is a negative.
My house has soft light and image quality under lower light conditions is grainy. High intensity light (Fluoresent) and outdoors gives better picture clarity through better color balance, intensity of brightness and less graininess. Candlelight darkness, renders this camera nonfunctional for good color picture quality. Low light for sepia and black and white is actually better for contrast.
My perception of color saturation is that the camera does not handle lower light conditions well.
A trial of video recording a TV commercial showed a slight graininess also but was also limited by a lag in the sound. The microphone seemed to capture video but there was a latency between the lips moving and sound output (equivalent to watching a dubbed movie, if you get my drift). Live recording of sound and video is more in sync and sound quality is very good, despite the compact size of this camera. It is quite robust.
With faster motion, there is slight pixelation. Occassionally, the autofocus comes out of focus despite a more stationary video subject.
The anti-shake features decreases motion slightly but does not minimize severe motion. The difference is barely perceptible. This is exacerbated when on 34x zoom. Practically speaking, you will need a monopod or small tripod to keep the motion down to a minimum.
Overall, its use is better as an outdoor camera than an indoor camera. Birthday party videos at home would be a limited application.
This camera accepts SDHC cards by Panasonic, Toshiba, and SanDisk (if you're buying this camera with memory cards, as you read this). A write speed of 2 megabytes per second is recommended for video. The card I used for this test is a Transcend SDHC 8 GB card that performs at 6 MB/Second.
Transcend 8 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
I suggest the following to transfer video to your computer, instead of the USB cable:
15-In-1 Memory Card Reader
Charging can only be performed by plugging in the unit - as opposed to many digital cameras that have dedicated battery chargers. You need a spare battery. I ordered the following:
Samsung BP85 Lithium Ion Battery for SC-HMX10,SC-HMX20 and SC-MX10
Compact and light
34x optical zoom
Simplicity of design and operation
One media between cameras and camcorders: Flash memory (SDHC) which can be interchanged with digital cameras
Intuitive menu system
Robust sound quality for a camera of this size
Excellent battery life
Limited by low light
Negligible effect of the Anti-shake feature
No still camera features, nor can you can extract a still from a video clip
Average image quality but not quite the resolution attainable on Mini-DV
Software not MAC compatible
No internal flash memory
Good entry level camera for a student or a person who wants a point and shoot camcorder.
This is above average in performance for a person wanting a camera capable of uploading to Youtube.
Great budget camcorder for analyzing your golf swing.
Not recommended for a Prosumer, intermediate or advanced videographer - given the limitations in low light.
For the price, simplicity and portability, this camera deserves 4 out of 5 stars for this category of camcorders. Two thumbs up!
A real camera case instead of the drawstring sack.
Backup battery when on the road.
NOTE (I have both the SC-HMX20 and the SC-MX20):
I also have the Samsung SC-HMX20 1080p HD camcorder/6.4 MP digital camera Samsung SC-HMX20C 8GB High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom with pop up flash and 8 MB of built-in RAM. It is an excellent camcorder, heavier in weight with excellent resolution - especially in lower light. If you want something for HD and low light, consider this camera (SC-HMX20). However, there is about a $400 price difference that may not be worth it to you.
However, if you are a Youtube or other online video publisher, this SC-MX20 is a better option. It is lighter and more comfortable to take around trips to the park, picnics and the beach.
This camera is so light and easy to handle that my 8 year old can use this camcorder without any problems. It is a great tool to help a child stimulate their imagination and make their own videos.
This camera captures my golf swing very easily. It's only drawback is the absence of a remote control. Otherwise, this would be a perfect item to use for analyzing the golf swing - for a training aid....more info
- Good beginners camcorder and great value!
The SC-MX20 is a very good beginners camcorder - the menus are very simple and logical, the battery life is OUTSTANDING, the zoom range is quite terrific considering the price.
The camera produces good standard definition video under bright conditions and records very good audio.
Its low light capabilities are quite bad which is the norm within the cheaply priced segment.
Those looking for a more capable in low light conditions camcorder should skip this unit and look for something else, in the much higher price range.
Don't expect to get the high end capabilities at the bargain based prices.
Overall I'm very satisfied with the camera.
It's very easy and simple to use, won't break your bank, takes good enough standard definition videos (especially if mostly used for uploading to youtube). Well worth the price....more info
- JPG Images
I had purchased this item on 30 Mar and it arrived upon the 31st! Now I ask you, is that service or is that, service? (5 Stars)
Camera had arrived with all items advertised and in excellent condition. After only a few short minutes, this camera was fully charged and ready to go. Found it exceedingly easy to use and the video quality with the audio is outstanding. (5 Stars)
The reason I had purchased this item, is that it was advertised as taking JPG images along with the ability in taking videos. After spending several hours trying to figure this out, decided to call Customer Support for help. (1-800-726-7864) I was informed by a lady who was barely able to speak let alone understand English, that this item doesn't take still images. (1 Star)
Wish Amazon would pay closer attention to the products they offer! About the only 2 options I have in still images is: 1. Capture images with a video editor. 2. Purchase a digital camera.
- Great bargain
For the price, you can't beat the quality you get in this video cam. Although not a professional video camcorder, it is quite capable of recording all of those special family events, vacation footage and just making any type of fun video recordings. The 3-hour battery life is what sets this video camcorder apart from others in its price range. Put an 8-gb memory card in it, and you're good to go for 3-hours in high resolution mode! I'm very happy with this Samsung MX20 video camcorder....more info
- GREAT CAMCORDER FOR BEGINNERS
THIS IS MY FIRST CAMCORDER AND I FOUND IT TO BE A GREAT CAMCORDER FOR THE MONEY. EASY TO WORK AND THE FEATURES ARE GREAT. I WAS GETTING READY TO BUY A CANON F100 CAMCORDER AND FOUND OUT CANON PUTS A 20 MINUTE BATTERY IN THEIR CAMCORDERS ON PURPOSE SO YOU WILL HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER BATTERY, THE BATTERIES COST ABOUT 80-100.00 DOLLARS. THE BATTERY IN THIS CAMCORDER CAME FULLY CHARGED AND THE LIFE IS CLOSE TO 3.5 HOURS WHICH WAS GREAT, I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO BUY ANOTHER BATTERY JUST TO HAVE ON HAND (THE BATTERIES ARE NOT EXPENSE).
WHAT I DID FIND OUT WAS, AFTER RECORDING ABOUT 38 MINUTES IT STARTS VIDEO TAPING A NEW FILE, BUT YOU WILL NOT MISS ANYTHING. WHEN I PLAYED IT ON MY TV IT GOES RIGHT TO THE NEXT FILE, YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW THE FILES ARE SEPARATED. THIS WAS NOT A BIG DEAL TO ME, PLUS I HAVE A FILE JOINER BY BOILSOFT WHICH IS REALLY GOOD AND IT FREE.
THERE IS NO MEMORY ON THIS CAMCORDER AND IT DID NOT COME WITH A SD CARD. BUT I LOVE THE FACT YOU RECORD ON A SD CARD, I BOUGHT A KINGSTON SDHC4 16GB SD CARD MADE FOR VIDEO TAPING. THE 16 GIG WILL GIVE YOU 6HRS. ON THE HIGHEST RESOULTION,(TV SUPER FINE).
YOU MUST READ THE MANUAL SO THAT YOU CAN LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CAMCORDER.
THE ZOOM IS GREAT AND THE SOUND QUALITY IS EXCELLENT AS WELL.
THIS CAMCORDER IS LIGHTWEIGHT AND IT IS NOT VERY BIG, I CARRIED IT IN MY PURSE. WHAT CAN I SAY I LOVE THIS CAMCORDER.oh yes the video is a mp4, but that is no big deal, it open up in realplayer. but you can do 2 thing get a converter or just change the extention to .avi, i tried that and it still played. but you must read the manual, i have used this in low light and it record very well, there are 2 features you can use, but you donot know that if you do not read the manual.
this really is a great camcorder for the price!!!!!
THE SELLER I BOUGHT IT FROM WAS GREAT AS WELL!!!!!!!!!...more info
- operator manual
The camera is very good. The operator manual is on a cd making it very difficult to use all of the features.There should be a hard copy so it could be carried with you....more info
- Good Intentions, Good Camera
Really easy to use and it shoots everything in Quick Time format, which can be downloaded on to You Tube with ease. Simply point and shoot because of the fast response time, it's ready to shoot again almost immediately and it records onto digital SD. The price is very reasonable considering what a typical "Point n Shoot" camera costs compared to the features you get with this Samsung SC-MX20L. I have only tried it outdoors so far and am completely satisfied with the results I obtained. Having a 34X optical zoom offers those far away shots as long as you have a steady hand and the quality does fall off at that level of zoom.
If you want or need a great little camera for family outings, filming outside at varied events or just to carry around to catch that once-in-a-lifetime moment, you can't go wrong with this Samsung.
This is not a professional camera, but rather a camera great for those of you that enjoy posting video shorts on YouTube. Using it for what its designed for will make you satisfied with it's ability.
Now that the holidays are upon us, I'll be in a much better position to give this little camera an updated review. I will rate this SC-MX20L a 4 Star for its ease of use and multitude of capable tasks.
- Samsung MX20
I am a first time user to any camcorder and found this one fairly easy to put and shoot. I used it to upload a video to YouTube. Works fine.
Great for the price and meets my needs....more info
- Almost perfect (for the price)
I won't dwell upon the little things missing from such an inexpensive camcorder (viewfinder, for one). You expect to sacrifice some details when you strip a camcorder down to its bare essentials and sell it cheap (well, not really cheap but inexpensive).
While you won't get DV quality video, you will get acceptable quality as long as you understand that you're shooting in a highly compressed H264. Editing your footage on your Mac is virtually impossible unless you convert it all to DV and edit it in iMovieHD (or use that iMovie'08 abomination). Personally, I use MPEG Streamclip to convert to DV, drop those conversions into iMovieHD, do my editing, and convert the "reference movie" using MPEG Streamclip so I get a nice H264 for my iPod or AppleTV.
I would have given this camcorder 4 stars but there is a flaw in the firmware that neglects to give any of the better quality settings (the 16:9 footage that's better than the "YouTube" quality) the "16:9 flag" setting. So what you get is footage that's squished narrow because all the players and editing apps see this video as 4:3. (QT Player and VLC on both Macs and PCs see this problem.) As I mentioned above, I use MPEG Streamclip (it's free) to correct this problem when I export to DV - I set the 16:9 flag there. This problem with the camcorder is, frankly, inexcusable and shows that at least one engineer was asleep at the switch.
If this problem were fixed (a firmware update, perhaps?), I'd go back to a 4-star rating. How could it get 5 stars? Give me an external microphone port.
REVISING MY RATING: SAMSUNG HAS ADDED CIRCUITRY TO THE MX20 THAT DISABLES THE CAMCORDER AFTER 30 SECONDS IF IT DETECTS AN AFTERMARKET BATTERY. SEND A COMPLAINING EMAIL TO SAMSUNG AT THEIR WEBSITE. (Use the "contact us" link at their website)....more info
- Completely Awesome, especially for the price.
This camera has well met my expectations. I'm assuming by the time anyone reads this review, all the other reviews have been read. My camera does not have the widescreen problem. I don't know if the camera is being used with the provided software or not, but I have had my videos export to widescreen. I just plug in my camera to my computer, and drag and drop the files, I don't use the software provided. The only gripe that I have with this, but being a cheap camera I really could care less, is the interlacing in the video. But thats really not a problem at all, because that can be fixed with a little work. I very much recommend this camera to someone who wants something on the cheap with very good quality....more info
- Great Camera
I bought this product because I was tired of making movies with my digital camera. I was amazed at the quality - it is close to HD. I wiil now go over the pros and cons.
Small video file size: 1GB = 30min.
Very fast transfer speed.
Sound is not fuzzy at all.
Shiny outside case.
Lots of battery life.
Buttons all placed within easy reach of fingers.
When standing in the sun the camera dosen't darken the video enough.
Made of plastic.
No control over zoom speed.
Software it comes with is completly useless.
The video camera records in MP4 format. This means if you are a PC user you need to get Quicktime Player from apple.com. there is also a way to get it to play in Windows Media Player, but you need to doownload things from Microsoft's we site.
Overall this camera is very good and i highly recommend it....more info
- alls well the ends well!
I love the camera, but it almost gave me a heart attack! (metaphor) the camera would NOT charge. I work at a dept. store, and a customer old me her son's did the SAME THING! This made me contact Samsung themselves. They responded swiftly, but I heard the customer say her son's did that for a while...so I thought why not charge it again! Voila, worked again, and I can not wait to do more videos on Youtube! So if you want something that can hold good footage, do buy this camera! The best thing about the memory is you can CHOSE to put it on DVD. Good for movies, shorts, or even fun outings!...more info
- Not Worth It
I purchased this model at Best Buy, and I must say that I am very sad that I ever even looked at this. The start-up is slow. For anyone who needs an on-the-go but High-quality camera, make sure you don't waste your time looking at this. The quality is good, but you cannot edit this on Windows O.S. unless you convert the file. This shoots in MPEG-4, which cannot be used on anything but Apple computers. It has poor image stabilization, and works awfully in low-light. If you're like me, and you need a camera that is quick-to-start, delivers great image quality and finalizes in file formats that you can edit easily on your computer... you should stick to Canon or JVC....more info
- saving the fun
this camera is so easy to use, It records wonderful memories.
I am enjoying watching my grandchildren over and over again
Would recommend this camera...more info
- samsung camcorder
The camcorder works great out of the box. Set up and use is very simple, So I don't need to read the manual . The quality of video is acceptable not super. ...more info
- a skate filmier / scooter(er)s perspective
some people think your going to get vx2000 hd quality out of this. your dumb. its 200 dollars. the zoom to me is useless, but there are creepers out there that like spying so its good for them. this thing EATS memory like a depressed girl eats icecream. yea the internet format saves memory, but its terrible. the more you compress something, the worse it looks. use tv superfine, get a 4 gig memory card, and after everyday put the videos on the cpu and take it out of the memory. i film alot of skate / scooter videos (yes i scooter is there a problem?) and i really like it. the reason its 4 starts is because the image stabilizer isnt AMAZING but works ok. the quality is great. cant get better for 200 dollars. i do sugest if your a skater / bmxer / scootrer, you get a fisheye and a tripod. both can be really cheap. for this camera the filter size is 30.5mm so.. http://47stphotoonline.com/B00191QKMQ/M/B00191QKMQ.htm cheapest your going to find. the people there are sooooooo legit its crazy. as for a tripod http://47stphotoonline.com/Kodak-5.75-Compact-Metal-Mini-Tripod/M/B000R2Y4OY.htm this is incredible for the price. its solid and strong but still dirt cheap, like cheaper then dirt, dirty dirt, like dusty dirt cheap. make sure you turn the image stabilizer OFF when useing BOTH things. dont feel like explaining just do it. the lens gets really dirty really fast, but cleans with out a problem. its got the different settings blah blah.. oh and there is a button on the side you can press to see the battery life without turning on the camera. mine says 114 minutes (used it for like an hour already at least.. and its accurate to. its bigget then it looks, so that good. i like it big :)...more info
- OK But Over Hyped?
I bought this and was thrilled at how far a cheap camera could go. That was while hooked up to my TV. Then I came to understand ANY software that comes with any product just sucks. The software company blames Samsung and Samsung blames the software company. We on the other hand, are stuck here screaming and kicking....
Long story short, I kept this 3 1/2 weeks before I returned it. Some picture quality was nice, a LOT had that cheap looking blurry look. Have to use a lot of "technique" to trick this camera into consistent quality video. Then there is that great zoom. Great but very "jerky". No thanks. Image stabilazation? Not much of a help. Oh, and then I run into a few people who have had the battery LEAK and ruin this camera? NO THANKS! And you are supposed to remove the battery every single time you are not going to be using it? No thanks again. And to remove it, you have to just go to too much crap for me.
What did I replace it with? The Canon FS 100. I read about all the nightmares of dealing with MOD files. Well I'm sorry....people having problems must be using computers older than me? I simply pop out my memory card, pop it into my computers (running both Vista AND one running Windows 7) and the movies all play PERFECT! Wide-screen is already wide-screen. My Pinnacle Editing Software has NO problem with it. The zoom is WAY better than Samsung and give me 3 built in setting to "control" that zoom so it is smooth & professional looking. Plus, it is simply so much clearer & stronger. Then the BEST feature. It has a remote control. Use it for not just play back, but for recording. Can zoom in on yourself etc from across the room. Picture quality? I would say 70%+ BETTER on the Canon. Why? No idea. It just is.
There's more but my YouTube site lets you see all the quality differences plain as day. Indoor picture quality problems do NOT exist as I have read for me either. Check mikentrishcartwright out on YouTube if in doubt. For $50.00 more, I have a camera that will work every time, looks professional and I have yet to even master it! And the remote control, ease of getting to that memory card, just so many things make this new Canon a joy. Every single quirk of the Samsung is replaced with ease of use on the Canon.
- Great Inexpensive Camera
I just got this camera today and think it is a great camera for how inexpensive it is. Just like other reviews a view finder would be a great addition to conserve battery life. I have used the camera in a low light setting (dusk) and it did a great job compared to my old Panasonic Camera (2003) which was horrible in low light. For Mac users, Imovie recognized the camera immediately. The camera uses a USB cable and quickly imported the video without problems....more info
- Excellent camera for a beginner
I was really excited to get this camera, as we really needed one. While this isn't the most professional camera to use, it's really handy to bring out when you want to shoot events in your life. We've used it for weddings, birthdays, hanging out in parks and the airport. Uploading the videos was a breeze. It's great for beginners because it's pretty much a point and shoot camera. It's very small and not heavy at all, but not too small that it won't fit in your hand. If you're looking for a present for a high school grad, this would be a perfect gift.
Pros: easy to use, small, lightweight, good quality.
Cons: no printed manual. The manual is on the CD but since I'm the type of person that likes having a hard copy, it makes it difficult since I don't want to print out the whole thing. ...more info
- You WILL have to re-save the widescreen files.
Overall this is a good camera for only around $200. The most important thing that you should know when you are considering buying this camera is that when you record in wide screen mode on your camera (16:9), the file is not initially set to be read as a wide screen file, so it appears in 4:3 ratio in programs. This is relatively easy to fix however, just by importing the video into the software program that comes with it, (Cyberlink Media Show), and then simply re-saving the file, as either mp4, wmv, or mpg. The file is then set to read as a wide screen file, and you can import it into windows movie maker, any other program for editing, or just burn a DVD of the files. You can also just record in 4:3 ratio and bypass all that hassle if you aren't very computer savvy. On a side note, of my own clumsiness, I have dropped my camera twice on cement and it still works fine. If you are looking for an inexpensive camera, which has good battery life, and good zoom, then this is a good buy....more info
- Great for what i use it for
I bought this camcorder to record my daughter growing up and so far i have been extremely pleased with the results. can save the videos to my computer very easily and haven't had the same problem as some of the other reviewers with the 16:9 ratio problem it works for me....more info
- Does the job and can't beat the price
So far, this does exactly what you'd hope for a $200 video camera. If you want - as most of us do - to record day to day happenings with family and friends, indoor and outdoor, you can't beat this for the price. The key feature of this for me was recording to a flash card. It is SO convenient to just take out the flash card, put it in my card reader, and copy the file to my mac, and then use it in iPhoto or iMovie. No problems at all so far with that. I haven't really put it through its technical paces in terms of trying to "outwit" the designers, by using it in really lowlight situations, or with fast movement and so on. What I really love about this is you just switch it on and go. No tape, not start-up time (a couple of seconds). It covers the basics, it has an automatic lens cover (no plastic cap dangling around) and simple functionality. For $200 you can't beat it. I've recorded a live concert at a mall [...] as well as kids at home practicing school presentations, and just messing around, and so far, it's done everything I've asked. It feels VERY light and arguably "cheap" which of course it is, but if you want something that feels more substantial, you're probably going to pay for something more substantial. ...more info
- Great Little Camera
This is a great little camera. Took a video, connected to my laptop, which looked at the camcorder as a USB storage device, opened it in a new window and just copied the MP4 to my desktop. I can play it as an MP4 from my desktop, but I opened Adobe Premier Elements and changed it to a Quicktime video (conversion took about a minute) which I can email to friends. I had no problem with video lag and I am wondering if the other reviewer may have inadvertantly put the camera in its time-lapse mode. I would say that the video is comparable to my Sony Handycam (for which I spent considerably more)....more info
- Perfect for what I need.
I just wanted a little camcorder with decent quality. For the money you can't go wrong with the SC-MX20. It is so simple and straight forward. The only thing I don't like is that none of the common/standard media players can play mp4 format. Other than that I like it and am very happy with the quality of the video. I would recomend it. I did a lot of research on camcorders the ones with good reviews are $350 +. I decided to take a chance on this camcorder because it is so new there aren't many reviews yet and I am very happy with my choice....more info
- Simple, easy-to-use camera
This is a great camera if you're looking for a basic product and nothing too high tech.
Samsung is known for innovative design--this camcorder is no exception. It looks great and fits nicely into your hand. There is a grip on the top of the camcorder where you can rest your fingers and there's an adjustable strap on the side so you can attach it to your hand.
--VIDEO & SOUND--
The video is nice and clear, and the great thing is that there is a built-in lens clap. You toggle a sliding button for the protective lens to open and close. This is really great because you don't have to deal with a lens cap but you still have something to save your screen from scratches, dust, etc. The zoom works well and as far as I can tell the picture quality doesn't distort much when you use the zoom all the way. The viewing screen on the side is a pretty good size and can flip horizontally 180 and 360 degrees.
The camera is really easy-to-use--great for people who aren't tech-savvy. There aren't a lot of buttons to complicate things and the camcorder actually guides you through on-screen messages if it notices a problem (i.e. the lens protector is on).
It's incredibly easy to place a memory card in the camcorder, film and then remove the card.
For the price, I think it's a great quality camcorder. It works well and performs its basic functions: record video and capture sound.
This camcorder would make a great gift for the holidays! ...more info