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Samsung HMX-QF20
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Samsung HMX-QF20 Camcorder

5.1MP 1/4 180g CMOS Feb 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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22 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

This medium sensor size camcorder has an average expert rating of 70 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including tecnozoom.it and agdlab.pl.

Samsung Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We looked at average ratings for each camcorder brand and found that whilst Samsung has good average ratings across all video cameras, Samsung has unexceptional ratings specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HMX-QF20, the Samsung HMX-QF20 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF S30 which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Samsung HMX-QF20 is Full HD.

Alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Rollei Movieline Live 100, or the Toshiba Camileo BW10.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF20, the HMX-QF20 has an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Olympus LS-20M ($490.07), or the Toshiba Camileo X150 which has better reviews.

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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" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years optical sensor sizes range from 1/5.8" to 1/3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on video cameras of this spec and age. 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.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HMX-QF20 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. This Samsung camcorder also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

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 the most frequently found battery on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The HMX-QF20 has a greater number of photo effects than most medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Samsung camcorder has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The photo effects "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 age and type also have a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX240, or the Samsung HMX-R10 which has better reviews.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The HMX-QF20 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-QF20. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Small

Across all the camcorders that were released more than two years ago the heights range from 17mm to 240mm. The HMX-QF20 is quite small (only 52.4 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HMX-QF20.

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Very Small

With a width of only 42.8 millimeters, the Samsung HMX-QF20 is quite small compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HMX-QF20. The smallest comparable spec camcorder that was launched more than two years ago is 17mm wide and the biggest is 270mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Samsung HMX-QF20 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might want to look at including the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic or the CamOne Fly Cam One which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The HMX-QF20 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the HDC-SD90, the HDC-Z10000E, or the HDC-Z10000 all from Panasonic.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

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

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think the Panasonic HDC-SD90, or the Sony HDR-PJ330 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HMX-QF20 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years 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 Aiptek ProjectorCam C25, or the Sony HDR-PJ240 which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HMX-QF20 are not waterproof. The Samsung HMX-QF20 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The HMX-QF20 has one of the shorter video recording times (only 1.3 hours) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF20 the video recording times range from 0.016h to 94h.

If this video camera video recording time is too short for you then you might want to consider the Samsung F90BN (1.6h) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The HMX-QF20 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. Medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-QF20 have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The HMX-QF20 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HMX-QF20.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HMX-QF20 is 30mm. The Samsung HMX-QF20 has a fairly long minimum focal length (38.4 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-QF20.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung HMX-QF20

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Samsung released the HMX-QF20.

Average Optical Zoom

The Samsung HMX-QF20 has a relatively standard optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the HDR-CX290/B (27x), the HDR-PJ240 (27x), or the HDR-CX240 (27x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

The Samsung HMX-QF20 has a pretty typical screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF M32 which has better reviews.

If you want a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Camileo S40 (3"), or the Camileo X150 (3") both from Toshiba which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 40 times zoom factor, the Samsung HMX-QF20 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HMX-QF20.

If this Samsung camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-GW66VE (120x and higher rated), the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E (120x and higher rated), or the Samsung F90BN (130x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 180 grams, the HMX-QF20 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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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

Expert Reviews

(1)
10 June 2013

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The Samsung HMXQ 20 is a small, lightweight, shootandshare camcorder with a 20x optical zoom and builtin WiFi for backups and direct uploads to YouTube
Facebook, and Picasa
The Samsung HMX-Q 20 is a small, lightweight, shoot-and-share camcorder with a 20x optical zoom and built-in Wi-Fi for backups and direct uploads to YouTube
Wireless sharing and backup
Lots of builtin features and adjustments
The Q 20's video isn't really HDquality and it's only good for viewing at small sizes
HD recordings cannot be uploaded wirelessly and WiFi back up is Windows only
The Q 20's video isn't really HD-quality and it's only good for viewing at small sizes
HD recordings cannot be uploaded wirelessly and Wi-Fi back up is Windows only
Still image quality is poor

Brochures and Manuals

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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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