Samsung SC-MX20 Review


Samsung's SC-MX20 full-size camcorder features a 34X optical zoom, image stabilization, auto focus, and an attractive design, but it gets panned in expert camcorder reviews for poor video quality.

Although Samsung's SC-MX20 has a couple of appealing features not commonly found in this price range, such as image stabilization, reviewers are not taken with this cheap camcorder's video performance. A Samsung SC-MX20 review on CNET likes the overall design, as well as the audio quality, but considers the SC-MX20's video quality subpar. At a Samsung SC-MX20 review also remarks on the poor video quality.

The SC-MX20 (starting at $205, Amazon) is a full-size standard definition (720 x 480) camcorder with 34X optical zoom, 1200X digital zoom, and a 2.7-inch LCD. It records video to SD flash memory, a popular option among camcorder users, but it can also record to the MMC flash memory format, which is less common.

The Samsung SC-MX20's image stabilization, smooth design, ease of use, and good audio are all preferred features in a budget camcorder. But a camcorder's most important asset is the quality of its recorded video, and unfortunately, that's a critical weakness of the Samsung SC-MX20.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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