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Hands-On Review: Samsung HMX-QF20 HD Flash Camcorder with Wi-Fi


The Samsung HMX-QF20 HD Flash Camcorder allows you to record 1080i and 720p movies in a highly simple and intuitive manner. This camcorder features a minimal design with an efficient user interface. Most of the settings on the camcorder are controlled via the 2.7” touch-screen LCD or with the single home button. For greater flexibility, this camera incorporates Samsung’s switch grip technology, which allows you to rotate the camera upside-down in order to use left-handed or vertically; the display on the LCD will flip automatically for you, too.

Movies and 5.3MP stills are recorded to SD media and can be instantly uploaded to social networking sites when you are located within a Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, you can sync your files with your computer or monitor videos live on a TV while shooting when connected to a local network. In regard to optics, the QF20 features a 20x optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 38.4-768mm. Instantly apply background music and edit your videos or photos. For further editing on a computer, the camcorder features built-in Intelli-Studio 3.0 software, which runs automatically when your camcorder is connected to a PC via USB.

Camera Type Full HD SwitchGrip Camcorder
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom 40x
Aperture f/1.8-3.9
Focal Length  2.6-52mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv.) 38.4-768mm
Macro Wide/Tele
Sensor Type 1/6.3" BSI CMOS
Effective Pixels 5.1 MP
LCD Type 2.7" WVGA Touch Screen
LCD Resolution 230K-dot
LCD Rotation Angle 90-180°
Image Stabilization OIS Duo
Video Recording Auto Exposure, Auto Focus, Auto Shutter, Back Light Compensation, Manual Exposure, Manual Focus, Shooting Guideline
Digital Special Effects Off, Black & White, Sepia, Negative, Art, Ghost, Noir, Western, Dazzle
Low-Light Sensitivity Auto: 5 Lux (1/30 sec.)
C.Nite: 3 Lux (1/15 sec.)
Recording Format H.264 HP
Recording Quality Super Fine
Recording Resolution Full HD i (1920 x 1080/60i)
Vertical HD(1920 x 1080/30p)
HD p (1280 x 720/60p) SD D1 (720 x 480/60p)
Smart Auto Functions Auto, Night, Backlight, Portrait, White, Landscape, Macro, Bluesky, Natural Green, Sunset
Video File Format MP4
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Custom
Still Image Format JPEG
Still Image Resolution 5.3 MP
Audio Format AAC
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Input/Output Connections Composite, HDMI, IEEE 1394 / FireWire, USB 2.0
Functions Continous Shot, Delete All, FF/FPS, Frame Advance, Divide, Like It, PB All, Play/Still, Protect All, Protect Selected, Record / Pause, Repeat, REW/RPS, Skip, Slide Show (5 background music choices), Slow Motion, Smart BGM
Time Lapse Recording Normal, Jumping, Zooming, Panning, Zooming + Panning, Night, Reverse (playback)
Power Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
System Requirements Intel Core2Duo 1.66 GHz, 1.0GB RAM, 2.0GB HDD, Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2
Dimensions 1.7 x 2.0 x 4.7" / 4.3 x 5.1 x 11.9 cm
Weight 0.38 lb / 0.17 kg

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When I say that this is the worst camera possible, I mean it.  The camera on your cell phone will record better videos than this, even if you have a cheap cell phone.  This does NOT record high definition videos.  The videos are super low definition and grainy.   The microphone sucks, as someone else stated.  And the camera is so fucking complicated that troubleshooting it will take forever.  By the time you are done trying to troubleshoot it and figure out why the quality sucks so bad your warranty will have expired.  This is a waste of $250 and a year or two of your time trying to record videos that will suck and just frustrate you.  Buy literally any other camera than this one.  Not a samsung though, they obviously are a bunch of scammers that make things that dont actually work.  

This camera cannot record high volumes. It distorts to a level that makes the memory of watching useless.. while other cameras ipods and iphones do just fine in this environment. One video it recorded it upside down .. Another time I could not shut it off.. so pulled battery out and the video I was taking was rendered useles.. It stops for no reason.. this is a bad camera!! I putting mine up on sale... maybe someone want this cheap camera. Let's see..Samsung won't take their product back as they don't stand behind their product... Just bad.