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Samsung HMX-QF20
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Samsung HMX-QF20 Camcorder

5.1MP 1/4 180g CMOS Feb 2012
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20 Reasons For

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 121 user and expert reviews for Samsung camcorders and found that on average Samsung has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. However we also found that Samsung has unexceptional reviews specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Samsung HMX-QF20 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF20 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF S30, or the Sony HDR-PJ330 which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HMX-QF20 has an HDMI, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-QF20.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-CX240, or the Samsung F90BN.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HMX-QF20 is 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all video cameras of this age and type is 2/3" and the best is 1/2".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

The HMX-QF20 has an Optical image stabilizer type which is better than the Digital image stabilizer type found on most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

This video camera's image stabiliser type (Optical) is actually the best image stabiliser type across all medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF20.

The worst image stabiliser type amongst similar types of video camera is Digital.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HMX-QF20 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-QF20.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The HMX-QF20 has a greater number of photo effects than most medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camcorder has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-QF20. The photo effectss "Art", "Negative film" and "Sepia" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HMX-QF20 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a built-in display.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ330, or the HDR-GW66E both from Sony or the Samsung HMX-H304.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p supported video modes, which is the most commonly found supported video modes on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number

The Samsung HMX-QF20 has one of the lower minimum aperture numbers (only 1.8) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The minimum aperture numbers of video cameras of this spec and age range from 1.1 to 6.8.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has a H.264 video formats supported, which is the most commonly found video formats supported on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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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 age and type.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the HMX-QF20 is more than most medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This Samsung video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This camcorder received an expert rating of 60% from agdlab.pl. The expert review sites don't rate this Samsung camcorder very highly.

Not Full HD

The Samsung HMX-QF20 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Toshiba Camileo X150, or the Samsung QF20.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-QF20 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HMX-QF20 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic or the Canon EOS C100.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Samsung HMX-QF20 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst video cameras of this age. The average display diagonal of similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 2.7".

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF M32, and the Sony PJ200E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camcorder display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Camileo X150 (3" and higher rated), or the Camileo P25 (3" and higher rated) both from Toshiba or the Sony HDR-GW66E (3" and higher rated).

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.75 megapixels, the Samsung HMX-QF20 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Video cameras that are a comparable age to the HMX-QF20 have effective megapixels (movie)s of between 0.49MP and 9.9MP.

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Not 3D

The HMX-QF20 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HMX-QF20 are also not 3D.

If you want a video camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000 both from Panasonic or the Aiptek 3D i2.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Samsung HMX-QF20 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Aiptek 3D i2, or the Sony HDR-PJ330.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the HMX-QF20 is not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the GE DV1 ($59.99), the JVC GZ-R15, or the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HMX-QF20 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the PJ200E, the HDR-PJ330, or the HDR-PJ530 all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of only 1.3 hours, the Samsung HMX-QF20 has one of the shorter video recording times amongst camcorders of this age. The shortest video recording time of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF20 is 0.016h and the longest is 94h.

If this Samsung camcorder video recording time is too short for you then you might want to look at the HMX-U20 (1.5h), or the F90BN (1.6h) both from Samsung or the GE DV1 ($59.99) (1.5h) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HMX-QF20 is 120,000 pixels, the highest is 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 370,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Samsung HMX-QF20 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HMX-QF20 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HMX-QF20.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-QF20 range from 1.8mm to 44mm. The Samsung HMX-QF20 has one of the longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (38.4 millimeters) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Hand Strap
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Compatible Operating Systems

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxqf20, hmxqf20b, hmxqf20bn, hmxqf20bp, hmxqf20bpedc, hmxqf20bpxeu, samsung hmxqf20, samsung hmxqf20b, samsung hmxqf20bp, samsung hmxqf20bpx, samsung hmxqf20bpxe, samsung hmxqf20bpxeu
Barcodes 08806071842813, 08806071887517
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