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Samsung SMX-C20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Samsung SMX-C20. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and price. The size and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

reliability, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SMX-C20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Samsung SMX-C20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The portability and design are also appreciated. There are some less positive opinions about the reliability and memory, and reviews are divided on the price.

usability, design, portability, image quality, zoom

size, viewfinder, memory, reliability

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung C20 Ultra Compact Camcorder- Black (10x Optical, 2.7 LCD, 2.5 Hours Battery Recording)Samsung C20 Ultra Compact Camcorder- Black (10x Optical, 2.7 LCD, 2.5 Hours Battery Recording)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Smith (

Samsung SMX-C20 review


Is anyone still interested in a standard def camcorder?

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Samsung SMX-C20


The band may be turning up to play the swansong for standard definition, but Samsung's SMX-C20 keeps marching to a different tune - for now.

May, 2011

Expert review by: paul_smart (

Samsung Memory Cam : Samsung C20 Memory Cam


This is a small Camcorder weighing little more than the budget ‘Flip' type units. However this unit has all the abilities of a Camcorder but is small and light so easy is easy to slip into a pocket or bag and is easy to use.

There a one touch button to allow you to upload video to You Tube. It is possible to store around three hours of video on an 8GB card. The internal battery should give you more than 150 minutes of shooting time on a single charge

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: (

Review of Samsung MemoryCam SMX-C20RP camcorder


The best looking camera, a delight to handle and excellent zoom. Drawbacks: Lack of HD really shows – video quality isn’t in the same league as the HD cameras. Quite bad jagged effects on straight edges when the camera is moved.

Lack of HD really shows – video quality isn’t in the same league as the HD cameras. Quite bad jagged effects on straight edges when the camera is moved

Consumer review by: Deka (

good purchase



Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: Geoff (

Samsung SMX-C20


small, light and easy to use

wind noise can sound loud on playback and still photo quality poor

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Claire (

Samsung SMX-C20


Easy to use and size of product

Picture Quality was very bad in low light, would have expected better, Photos were also very poor quality in either light conditions, would not recommend if you want good quality images

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Les (

Samsung SMX-C20


Quick, fun, portable, easy to use, not too expensive pocket camera. Good battery life. Nice time-lapse feature, and great macro performance. Supplied software is pretty good and can run from the camera. Great little 'notebook' camera for short movies...

Poor low light performance can result in noisy images and affects auto-focus efficiency. Manual focus a bit fiddly to set-up. Menu can be slow when switching playback from stills to movies

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Samsung SMX-C20


Small, lightweight and easy to use. Love the angled lens

Not HD, not good for big handed people as it is hard to keep it steady

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Suzanne (

Samsung SMX-C20


Easy to handle and use

Movie software lacks features

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

The Samsung C20 has an ergonomic design that blends style, comfort and innovative technology into one digital camcorder. You'll capture life's special moments and share them over the Internet - in one touch.


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:IA-BH130LB
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung IA-BH130LB


3D: No
Minimum illumination:3


Colour of product:Black / Blue / Grey / Red

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Built-in Flash: No


Focus adjustment:Auto


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:680000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Focal length range (f-f):2.4 - 24
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:2.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP SP2, Vista / Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):1600 x 1200


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:PAL
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 480 / 720 x 576
Video formats supported:H.264 / H.264, MP4

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:1200
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.9 / 5.62
Height :10.9 / 5.62
Weight:136 / 145
Width:3.4 / 3.52