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Samsung SC-MX20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 334 reviews of Samsung SC-MX20. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and zoom. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the connectivity and image quality. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, price, portability, zoom, battery

image quality, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SC-MX20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung SC-MX20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 289 user reviews of Samsung SC-MX20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the battery and zoom. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the connectivity and image quality, while the viewfinder and memory get mixed reviews.

usability, price, portability, zoom, battery

image quality, connectivity

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung SC-MX20 Shoot & Share memory camcorder w/34x Optical Zoom (Blue)Samsung SC-MX20 Shoot & Share memory camcorder w/34x Optical Zoom (Blue)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Samsung SC-MX20 review:

 

What can $200 buy you in a camcorder? Not a whole heckuva lot, which is probably why the standard-definition SC-MX20, with its traditional design, long zoom lens, convenient SD-card-based recording, and relatively nice manual feature set, jumps out...

Surprisingly good sound; comfortable design; relatively nice manual feature set for its class.

Generally poor video quality; poor focus performance; hard to control zoom rocker and awkward interface; long zoom lens lacks optical image stabilization.

The Samsung SC-MX20 has an attractive price, but you get what you pay for.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Samsung SC-MX20

 

This Samsung camcorder is an excellent recorder in its class. The standard video quality it produces is very clear and crisp. The camcorder has a mode for recording video for YouTube that produces good quality video that is easy to upload. This unit...

Easy to upload to YouTubeLong battery lifeSmall and easy to holdClear and crisp video

Not great in low light

The Samsung SC-MX20 camcorder makes capturing those special moments a...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Kaitlyn Chantry (camcorderinfo.com)

Samsung SC-MX20 Camcorder Review

 

Earlier this year, Samsung blew us away with the surprisingly strong performance of their high definition SC-HMX20. Over the years, we had grown accustomed to mediocre video from the Samsung line and the HMX20 gave us not just reason to pause, but to

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Simon (ccereviews.com)

Samsung SC-MX20 Digital Memory Camcorder

 

Life is full of memories you don't want to forget. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video has to be worth at least two. With the SC-MX20 you can capture all life's greatest moments with battery and storage to spare.

Easy to use ; Lots of features for entry camera ; Rotating screen makes self-captures very easy

Picture and audio quality acceptable but not the best

The Samsung SC-MX20 is a great starter camcorder. It is very customizable allowing you to progress from a new or novice user to one who becomes more familiar at the manual modes. The small profile, long battery life and relatively low price makes it...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Simon (overclockersonline.net)

Samsung SC-MX20 Digital Memory Camcorder

 

Life is full of memories you don't want to forget. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video has to be worth at least two. With the SC-MX20 you can capture all life's greatest moments with battery and storage to spare.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Kaitlyn Chantry (washingtonpost.com)

Samsung SC-MX20

 

The Samsung SC-MX20 is the standard definition version of its more impressive HD cousin, the Samsung SC-HMX20. For the higher end model, Samsung made a number of improvements that resulted in an intuitive, attractive camcorder with stellar video...

The SC-MX20 comes equipped with the same 1/6-inch CCD sensor and 34x optical zoom as its predecessor, the SC-MX10. This time around, you'll find the lens branded by Schneider-Kreuznach, but it's otherwise identical. The camcorder records exclusively to...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Kaitlyn Chantry (reviewed.com)

Samsung SC-MX20

 

Earlier this year, Samsung blew us away with the surprisingly strong performance of their high definition SC-HMX20. Over the years, we had grown accustomed to mediocre video from the Samsung line and the HMX20 gave us reason to pause—even reason to...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Samsung SC-MX20 SC-MX20 Review

 

Consumer review by: xtel (newegg.com)

good first cam

 

This is my first camcorder, and did my research before purchasing. I've used it for about 2 weeks now and it's great for all around use. I wanted to have something to capture important moments in life and this is the camera for that if you're on a...

Small & fits perfect in my hand. Doesn't feel flimsy or cheaply made. Built-in lens cover. Great zoom ; Easy to use straight out of the box & charges quickly

Doesn't have any night vision setting (which is why I deducted an "egg".)

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: miscmayzee (viewpoints.com)

The Samsung SC-MX20 Still Passes ”

 

When I first purchased the Samsung SC-MX20 over competitors like the flip, I thought I was a step or two ahead of the curb. While I still feel that way, it is to a much lesser extent.

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing:N
Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Sound:Stereo
Wind filter:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:IA-BP85ST
Video recording time:30

Connections

Composite Output: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
Headphone Jack: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: No
S-Video Output: No
USB Connection: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Blue

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Screen Resolution:112000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Features

Web Cam Function: No

Flash

Built-in Flash:N
Internal flash/video light: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:0.68 Megapixels

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.68
Optical sensor size:1/0.236
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:11.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Filter Size:3 / 30
Focal length range (f-f):1.6 - 4.3
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Optical Zoom:32 / 34

Lens/Zoom

Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.6-F4.3
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:1200 x
Filter Size:30 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:34 x
Shutter speeds:1/60-1/10000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Manual

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):66.04x60.96x124.46 mm
Weight:272 grams
Weight (lb):0.6 lb

Other features

Audio recording formats:AAC
Auto exposure:N
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 / Windows XP SP2/Vista 32, 64
Flash memory:32000
Lens system:Schneider / Schneider lens
Manual exposure:N
Manual Focus:Y
Night mode:N
Noise Reduction:Y
Power consumption (typical):2

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
HDMI:N / No
PictBridge:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Life:180 minutes

Related

Miscellaneous:With Back Light compensation

Sensor

Sensor Size:1/6 inch
Sensor Type:CCD

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/60 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):800 x 600

Storage

Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
External Memory Type:Secure Digital High Capacity and MultiMediaCard Plus
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Max Supported Memory Size:32 MB

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD Recording: No
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 480
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-4
Recording Format:Internal Flash / SDHC / MMC+
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:720x480/60i

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:125 / 6
Height :6.05 / 60.5
Weight:270
Width:12.5 / 60