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Olympus LS-20M
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Olympus LS-20M Camcorder

5.14MP 1/4 154g Apr 2012
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- Full HD 1080p movie recording- 96kHz/24-bit Linear PCM recording- Variety of audio & video features Choose the best angle for recording your subject, even upside down with the LS-20M's... More
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16 Reasons For

Good Technical Features

One Olympus LS-20M owner who reviewed it thought it had good features. Three years ago Videomaker.com wrote in their Olympus LS-20M review “Nice variety of features, including tripod mount”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Olympus LS-20M has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Olympus LS-20M is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the LS-20M also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Olympus LS-20M has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the LS-20M.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Olympus LS-20M is 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the LS-20M the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

This camcorder supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on video cameras of this age and spec. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Olympus LS-20M has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Olympus LS-20M has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Olympus camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the LS-20M. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Sunny" are also found on this Olympus video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this type and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on camcorders of this type and age.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Small

The average depth of camcorders of this age and spec is 100mm. The Olympus LS-20M is one of the smaller camcorders that were released more than two years ago (only 18.1 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 42fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 30 frames per second, the Olympus LS-20M has one of the slower maximum frame rates amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the LS-20M is 2x and the biggest is 1,800x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus LS-20M has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the LS-20M.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Olympus LS-20M does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HS900.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2 inches, the Olympus LS-20M has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the LS-20M. The screen sizes of camcorders of a similar type and age to the LS-20M range from 1.5" to 4", and the average screen size is 2.8".

We compared this video camera to all the other 2" screen size video cameras and we think the Philips CAM150 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam ($149.99) (2.4"), or the Sony HDR-PJ240 (2.7").

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the LS-20M, the Olympus LS-20M is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Philips CAM150.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Olympus LS-20M does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Sony HDR-PJ330 is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus LS-20M is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Olympus LS-20M does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the LS-20M also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of camcorders of a similar age and type to the LS-20M is 720mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 4mm to 1,900mm. With a maximum focal length of only 59 millimeters, the Olympus LS-20M has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Included Memory Card Size

With an included memory card size of only 2 gigabytes, the Olympus LS-20M has one of the smaller included memory card sizes amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. Medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years have included memory card sizes of between 1GB and 8GB.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

Medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the LS-20M have video recording times of between 0.016h and 94h. At only 1.08 hours, the Olympus LS-20M has a quite short video recording time compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the LS-20M.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

At only 30 frames per second, the Olympus LS-20M has a quite low video capturing speed compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the LS-20M. The video capturing speeds of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the LS-20M range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Olympus LS-20M is more than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This Olympus camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus LS-20M

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the LS-20M over four years ago.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Olympus LS-20M has a pretty typical maximum memory card size (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the LS-20M.

There are a number of alternative 32GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including the Contour Design Contour+ ($68.32) which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 154 grams, the Olympus LS-20M has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the LS-20M.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Continuous Video Playback Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Memory Card Included
Included Memory Card Size
Other Features
The Windows Operating System
Mac Operating Systems

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus ls20, olympus ls20m
Barcodes 04545350036188
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