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Samsung HMX-QF20BN Camcorder

5.1MP 1/4 180g CMOS Jun 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Supports HDMI
Has an image stabilizer
Poor expert reviews

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Reviews

Poor Expert Reviews

Camcorder expert review site agdlab.pl scored this video camera 60%. This puts this medium total megapixels video camera in the bottom 10% of all the video cameras of this age and type when ranked by average expert review score.

Samsung Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Samsung has good average ratings across all camcorders, however it has unexceptional ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 100% of those that bought a Samsung video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was June 2012 when Samsung released the HMX-QF20BN.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-PJ330, and the Samsung HMX-QF30WN which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HMX-QF20BN has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (21x and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£399.99) (27x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the HMX-QF20BN has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (50x and higher rated), the JVC GZ-R10 (100x and higher rated), or the Samsung F90BN (130x and higher rated).

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera is 1.8mm and the longest is 40mm. When compared to other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Samsung HMX-QF20BN's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 38.4 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN supports HDMI, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C500 (£9,954) both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX330 which all of have better reviews.

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Supports PictBridge

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN supports PictBridge, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder do not support PictBridge.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HMX-QF20BN has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HMX-QF20BN has a composite video out. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 180 grams, the Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the PJ200E, and the HDR-CX190 both from Sony or the Samsung F70 are also worth considering.

If this camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ530 (£429) (3" and higher rated), or the HXR-MC2500E (£1,198.80) (3" and higher rated) both from Sony or the Toshiba Camileo X150 (£79) (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a touchscreen.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN features wi-Fi, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HMX-QF20BN does not have a built-in light, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The HMX-QF20BN has a hand strap, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a batteries included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HMX-QF20BN has an AC adapter included. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an AC adapter included.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a continuous shooting mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera also have a continuous shooting mode.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Pixels Image Resolution

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a maximum maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 87% less maximum image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

A 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution is the best maximum image resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HMX-QF20BN has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in microphone.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 720 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 typical of many video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

At only 1.75 megapixels, the HMX-QF20BN has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.49MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 4.7MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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5.1 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 5.1 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If this video camera total megapixels is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Olympus LS-20M (5.14MP and higher rated), the Midland XTC-200 (£59.80) (5.2MP and higher rated), or the Polaroid POLC3 (£64) (6MP and higher rated).

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 1.3 hours, the Samsung HMX-QF20BN has a fairly standard video recording time compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

If you would prefer a longer video recording time then you might want to consider the HMX-U20 (1.5h and higher rated), or the F90BN (1.6h and higher rated) both from Samsung or the GE DV1 (£169.99) (1.5h and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers samsung hmxqf20bpxeu, hmxqf20bpedc, hmxqf20bn
Barcodes 08806071842813, 08806071887517

Samsung HMX-QF20BN Review Sources

To prepare this Samsung HMX-QF20BN review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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