I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor with CNET, and this is a look at the Samsung HMX-QF20.
It's an entry-level HD camcorder that, like many in its class, isn't really HD.
It uses a low-resolution sensor to capture standard def video and then interpolates that up to a 720p or 1080i resolutions.
Viewed on a large HD TV or even full-screen
on a computer monitor, it's easy to see noise and artifacts, and it generally looks soft with a lack of detail.
Scaled down to web-player sizes though, and its movies are okay, and the camcorder itself does have some nice points that make it worth considering.
That includes a 20x Optical Zoom with optical image stabilization, and a small light-weight body.
It's basically a Point-and-Shoot camcorder too, so you don't have to worry about settings if you don't
And it does have built-in WiFi for wireless backups to a Windows computer, streaming to a DLNA-supported web-connected TV, and direct sharing to YouTube and Facebook, though you do have to shoot in a special HD web video resolution that creates two clips, one at 720p and another low-rise clip for sharing.
It's not a bad camcorder for the money, but if your biggest concern is great video
quality, this won't get you there.
I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the Samsung QF20.
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