|Samsung SC-MX20 Flash Memory Camcorder w/34x Optical Zoom (Black)
|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. The MX20 also features the longest battery life in its class, lasting up to three hours.
- 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
- A note on recording time
Full 3 hours recording even when the view finder is left open
2 gig video length limit (but the camera works around this by creating another file when 2 gig is reached)
I'm not going to review this item in full as it has been done so before.
I bought this camera to record 3 hour meetings. I was concerned the claimed recording time (3 hours) may be possible only when the LCD view finder was turned off (closed). I was happy to find this was not the case. I just ran a test recording with the view finder turned on for a full 3 hours.
Note file size is limited to 2 gig per video (this is common with low end video cameras). With some camera's this means recording stops when the file reaches 2 gig, I was happy to find the camera automatically continued recording to another file. It does mean I need to join 3 clips together, but thats very simple to do with Apple QuickTime, Final Cut, or any media editor....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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Video is skewed by design - MUST READ
I will skip over all the good things this player has to offer (battery life, optical zoom, features, 16:9 format) and get right to the showstopper I came across: The video images are skewed, i.e. the proportions are off! Practically speaking, if you record something in 16:9 mode, the resulting video is horizontally compressed and people look squeezed and too thin. I've done a number of experiments and research and also talked to Samsung tech support and it boils down to the following design flaw: Unless you use the web and mobile mode (meant for YouTube etc.), the image format produced by the player is ALWAYS 720 x 480, regardless if you record in normal mode or 16:9. 720 x 480 equals an width/height ratio of 1.5. A 16:9 image should be a width/height ratio of 1.78 while a 4:3 image should be a ratio of 1.33. But the player always reformats and distorts images to fit the 720 x 480 format. Therefore regardless of the mode, all images are distorted and there's nothing you can do about it. Tech support confirmed this.
I'm not sure why nobody else has commented on this yet, but to me this is a killer because video always looks distorted and the proportions are off. I am now returning this camcorder for this very reason.
I had bought it to document the birth of my 1st son and now all I have is distorted video. Very disappointing. I ended up purchasing QuickTime Pro which offers the functionality to resize video, but the resulting quality is obviously not as good as the original should have been.
Do not buy this camcorder if you cannot live with distorted images/video!...more info
- GREAT LITTLE CAMCORDER
I just received my camcorder today and I already love it! I don't understand all the complaints others are having. I had no trouble importing my videos in 16:9 mode using the Cyberlink software that's included. I've already burned my first DVD and it looks GREAT on my 56" Samsung TV. The cam feels good in your hand and the buttons are all in easy reach. The zoom is awesome! Yes there is a little shake at full 34x zoom, but that's to be expected. I also own a Flip Ultra and for a few more bucks, this cam blows it away! I can't wait to try the interval recording mode (try to find that on another cam in this price range). I got the blue one and it is very nice looking. The cam has a good quality feel to it. Get one for yourself. You won't regret it....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
- Very Bad!!
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Yraly Gonzalez Daza...more info
- 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
- Great For The Price
I bought this for snowboarding. I use it on the mountain, the swivel hand rest and swivel screen work great! Good amount of time on a 4 gig card, no battery issues at all in lower temps, really surprised at the quality of the vids in the snow. Has a snow, high speed, sport settings along with others make it a steal for less than 300 bucks!
- 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 camera when on a budget
I was impressed with the Samsung SC-MX20L. I was upgrading from an old analog camera. This camera is a good first step into digital. It has great battery life, approx 3 to 4 hours. With an 8gb memory card, I can get 4 hours of record time at hightest settings, which is more than enough for short videos of the kids or small trips. The daytime recording is great. The one drawback is that the battery drains if in the camera, even if it isn't being used, but as long as you take it out between uses, it is fine. The video quality isn't HD, but it is better than a Flip video, because it has a greater zoom and image stabilization. Night shots are a little grainy, but show me a digital camcorder at this price range that isn't!...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
- Terrible video quality, critical flaw in aspect ratio
This camera is extremely disappointing. The most important point I want to make is that I own a Canon Powershot SD1100is point and shoot camera which also takes video, and the video quality is far better than this camera. I wasted over $200 on this video camera and I could have used the camera I've already got that takes better quality video.
The other major flaw, that many people have pointed out, is that the wide screen video is not really wide screen. It records using the same resolution as standard, but squishes more data into those pixels, so the image is squashed vertically. This is then supposed to be stretched by the aspect ratio to 16:9, but the camera has a flaw and does not do that. So unless you do some software conversion (NOT included with the camera) you have distorted videos when you film in the widescreen format.
It records in MP4 format. The advantage is the compression - smaller files - but at the expense of quality. Also, Windows XP can't thumbnail these files like it can .AVI files (Canon uses), so you can't preview them in Explorer or My Computer.
If you're going to spend $200, you may as well get a Canon powershot camera and then you'll have an awesome still picture camera with great battery life, more compact, and better quality. Don't waste your money on this....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
- NICE CAMCORDER!
this is a very nice camcorder for the money! like any camcorder it takes time to master. this camcorder has many features and a image stablelizer to boot. its very easy to use. but for three times the cost you should go for the canon hv30 for quality pictures. this camcorder will get the job done and i have no problems recomending it at $200.00 ...more info