When it get things right, Samsung is capable of producing
some uniquely attractive electronic devices, and the SMX-C20 is precisely one
of those products. Small, ovoid and available in various colour accents (ours
was red), the SMX-C20 camcorder may not have the high-definition video capabilities of
some of its rivals, but it certainly knows how to catch the eye of the more
style-conscious gadget buyer. It also happens to sell for a fraction of the
price of most HD cams -- £140 -- and it's about as complicated to master
as a shoelace.
A different slant
Opting for a fold-out form factor over the increasingly popular candybar designs favoured by other pocket-sized video cams, the SMX-C20 isn't afraid to buck a few trends. It features a most peculiar upward-angled lens that gives the impression someone has sheared off its front end at a 25-degree angle. This, we're told, has been implemented in the name of ergonomics. The slanted lens is supposed to encourage a healthier, more-natural hand position. Just who would be using their camcorder for RSI-inducing periods of time, we're not quite sure. What we can tell you is that holding the device non-horizontally takes a bit of getting used to and doesn't seem to help eliminate camera shake. An electronic image stabiliser is available, but this doesn't particularly help, either.
Welcome features include a 10x optical zoom, SDHC-compatible memory card slot and a one-button direct upload option that sends your clips straight to YouTube, Flickr or Facebook over USB.