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Samsung SC-MX20The Samsung SC-MX20 has an attractive price, but you get what you pay for.
>> Hi, I'm Lori Grunin, senior editor with CNET, and this is the Samsung SE MX 20. The MX 20 is a really, really attractively priced standard definition camcorder that has all of the trappings of today's standard def camcorders. 34 X zoom, way longer than you need, and it's not optically stabilized so you can't really use it all the way out to the end of the range without a tripod. Doesn't have a video light, does have separated stereo mics which nice, and this camcorder does have surprisingly good audio. And I expect that's why. Like it's competitors, it has a built in lens cover, manual not electronic, but that's a small price to pay. One of the really nice things about the camcorder is the design. Like previous models it has this handle which rotates down to adjust so that it can fit almost any hand and it's complimented by this inset rubber grip that just makes holding it a much more comfortable experience with this rounded design than you get with a lot of the competitors. Unfortunately the zoom switch is kind of wobbly and it's very hard to get a consistent zoom rate. One of the other problems with the MX 20 is the performance. There's just a lag before -- when you hit record to start recording and when you hit stop record to stop recording. It doesn't have pretty or obvious buttons or switches, just the basics. And the video quality just isn't that good, and that's unfortunately where a lot of the manufacturers cut corners on these low end camcorders is the video quality. So if you're looking for great quality at a bargain, this is not the model for you. But if you're looking for something that's comfortable to shoot with, long zoom at an attractive price, the Samsung S E MX 20 is probably a good deal. I'm Lori Grunin, this is the Samsung SE MX 30.