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Samsung QF20 Camcorder

5.1MP 1/4 20x Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Optical Zoom Release Date
One industry award
Good size
Good product quality
15 Reviews + 1 Award
vido.com.ua Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

This Samsung video camera received a "Recommended" award from websites Vido.com.ua who concluded that this video camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this video camera is 65% based on twelve expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Digitaltrends.com and hifitest.de.

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We analysed average ratings for each video camera brand and found that whilst Samsung has good average reviews across all video cameras, Samsung has unexceptional reviews 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.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two people wrote that it was compact. Expert review site Mobilemag.com mentioned “I like the compact size, as well as the “switch grip” feature” in their review of the Samsung QF20. Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert review site Expert Reviews “The Samsung HMX-QF20 is a compact hand-held camcorder with a single 1/4in sensor” in their review of this camcorder however they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.


Design

Good Product Quality

Two customers who reviewed it wrote that it was good quality. Expert website Bcchardware.com mentioned “The amazing thing about new smartphones is the quality of the video they can record” in their Samsung QF20 review. Expert website Digitaltrends.com wrote “The $300 cam pairs decent image and video quality with” but even so they gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was September 2013 when Samsung released the QF20.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Samsung QF20 supports HDMI, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

Alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available which you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C500 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX330.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Samsung QF20 has a composite video out, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Samsung QF20 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not support PictBridge.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The Samsung QF20 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.7 inches) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The display diagonals of medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.5" to 4".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the HDR-PJ330, or the PJ200E both from Sony.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£200.73) (3" and higher rated), the JVC GZ-R15 (3" and higher rated), or the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The Samsung QF20 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Samsung QF20 is Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-CX400E, and the ION The Game ActION which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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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 around the same time as 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 video cameras of this spec and age.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Samsung QF20 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

There are a number of alternative 20x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Samsung HMX-QF30WN.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (21x and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-CX330 (30x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 40 times zoom factor, the Samsung QF20 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 40x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Samsung HMX-QF30WN.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the GZ-R10 (£157) (100x and higher rated), or the GZ-R15 (200x and higher rated) both from JVC or the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (50x and higher rated).

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Focusing

Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

The Samsung QF20 has an auto Focus (AF) lock, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Samsung QF20 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago do not have a built-in flash.

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Still Image

Only 1920 X 1080 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Samsung QF20 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 87% less maximum image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution.

This camcorder's maximum image resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

A 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution is the best maximum image resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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5.1 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 5.1 megapixels sensor video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 5.1MP sensor video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Vivitar DVR785 (£29.99), or the Samsung HMX-QF30WN.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to consider the Polaroid POLC3 (£64) (6MP and higher rated), the Sony HXR-MC2500E (£1,198.80) (6.59MP and higher rated), or the Samsung HMX-U20 (7.8MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers samsung hmxqf20bpxeu, qf20bn
Barcodes 00036725304383, 08806071887517

Samsung QF20 Review Sources

To prepare this Samsung QF20 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 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 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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