Summary: I researched camcorders before deciding on this particular model. Consumer Reports gave it a pretty high rating. I have since returned this camera back to the seller, because of other issues. I wasn't impressed with this camera. I experimented with it a full day, indoors and outdoors and reviewed the video's. I just didn't like the picture quality The contrast was distorted, or something. The camcorder may have been defective.
Summary: Pros: -Easy to use -Works well with iMovie -Widescreen video -Does "ok" in good lighting Cons: -Terrible in low-light conditions -Colors do not reproduce accurately in low light -Lots of noise in video quality -Zoom is too fast, you cannot zoom in or out slowly Overall, this video camera is OK. No one is going to be impressed with the video quality and you can get a comparable picture for a much lower price. This camera does poorly in anything but good lighting.
Kort "Art, Music, Book & Movie Enthusiast", Amazon
4 March 2010
Summary: Length:: 1:24 Mins ((I included a short video to show how the camera performs in low-light conditions, though I didn't move much or focus on a moving object)) At this price, a consumer really shouldn't expect too much. But a product that works reasonably well shouldn't be too much to ask for. Samsung's SMX-F34 is a decent lower end video camera, but it has a few flaws that keep it from being a good all-purpose model.
Not for videophiles, but great for video on-the-go
Jonathan K. Perkins, Amazon
13 August 2009
Summary: In this day and age, "HD" is almost considered entry-level. And this is a standard-resolution camera, so if you're looking for the latest technology, look elsewhere. That's not to say, however, that this camera has nothing going for it. The Samsung is affordable and does a decent job of taking standard-resolution video. Image stabilization is available, and works reasonably well.
Summary: Please note that this camera does not shoot in HIGH DEFINITION. The idea of migrating the storage of camcorder shots to an internal memory was very appealing with this camera. It stores up 16GB and there is a slot to add an SD card. Hence, there is no extra cost in buying an SD card, which is not the case for all camcorders in the same price range. What we liked about the camcorder - very light, very easy to hold and shoot.
Summary: The similarities: both are small, slightly larger than pocket sized, and both have a manual lens cover. My unit's lens cover had a hard time closing. This was at any angle and appears to be a persistent problem. I did not experience this with the MX20. This may be a new issue Samsung needs to address. Both units have good quality Schneider lenses with multiple coatings. It would be a bummer to have the lens get damaged because of a faulty cover.