Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Built-In Editing Software
Full HD Compatible: The Samsung HMX-Q20 high-definition (HD)
flash-memory camcorder is capable of recording and playback of Full HD (1920 x
1080/60i) and HD (1280 x 720/60p).
In addition, you can record videos in Web/HD format for uploading to various
1/4" CMOS Image Sensor: The 1/4" CMOS image sensor features
5.1-million total pixels, and 1.75-million effective pixels for recording videos
and still images.
2.7" LCD Touch Screen Monitor: The Q20 has a 2.7"
wide-screen LCD touch panel monitor with 230,000 pixels. You can play back and
record with a simple touch of your finger. You can also change the recording
mode, zoom in/out, and change the resolution by touching the appropriate icons
on the LCD. When in the menu or viewing image files, you can scan through the
selections with a swiping motion. When the LCD monitor is rotated 180 degrees
toward the lens and closed against the camcorder body, the unit switches
automatically to the playback mode.
Recording Formats: The Samsung HMX-Q20 uses
advanced H.264 video compression technology. It uses a high compression rate to
sharply increase the recordable time with the same size storage. The camcorder
also records JPEG still images.
Recording Media: You can record high-definition video, as well as JPEG still images onto optional SD, SDHC,
or SDXC memory cards. The camcorder supports SD cards 1 GB to 2 GB, SDHC cards
from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 64 GB.
Note: The camcorder does not include an internal memory,
nor does it come with an SD or SDHC card. An optional SD/SDHC card must be
obtained prior to recording.
Lens: The Q20's Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan HD F1.8-F3.9 lens has a
20x optical zoom, and a
focal length of 2.6mm-52mm (35mm equivalent: 38.4mm - 768mm). In addition to the
20x optical zoom, the camcorder has a digital zoom factor of 2x to give you a
total zoom of 40x.
One Button Operation: To simplify its operation, the
camcorder has a single button for beginning and ending a video recording and
shooting a still image. Surrounding the button is a 4-way control for zooming in
and out (left and right action) and tagging scenes for the My Clip function (up
and down action).
Switch Grip 2.0: The Switch Grip function allows you to flip
the video and monitor orientation for using the camcorder with either hand. When
Switch Grip is enabled, the orientation of the recording and the LCD monitor
flips 180 degrees when you rotate the camcorder from right hand operation (hand
strap on the right) to left hand operation (hand strap on the left). The
camcorder stays in right hand orientation when the function is disabled.
Vertical Grip: In addition to Switch Grip, you can select
Vertical HD Recording in the menu, and rotate the camcorder to a vertical
position for recording in Portrait orientation. The on-screen icons rotate so
they can be viewed in the proper orientation.
Video Camcorder Features
Recording Movies: The Samsung HMX-Q20 can record High
Definition video at Full HD 1080/60i (1920 x 1080), HD 720/60p (1280 x 720), and
Web/HD for videos you can upload to the Internet (up to 10 minutes). Using a 4
GB SDHC card, you can record 30 minutes of video at Full HD, 42 minutes at HD
720, and 40 minutes at Web/HD.
Recording Modes: You can choose from the following recording
- Smart Auto: The camcorder automatically detects a scene
and adjusts the camcorder settings accordingly. Available scenes include:
Night, Backlight, Portrait, White, Landscape, Macro, Blue Sky, Natural
Green, and Sunset.
- Manual: While recording, you can make the following
adjustments: White Balance, Exposure Value, Back Light, Focus, Super C.Nite,
Self Timer, and Continuous Shooting,
- Art Film: Gives the recording a professional look by
using special effects such as fade in/fade out and digital effects (black &
white, sepia, negative, art, noir, western, dazzle, ghost).
- Art Time Lapse: When recording a time lapse video, you
can add effects such as jumping, zooming, panning, zooming + panning, and
- Vertical HD Recording: Videos are recorded in Portrait
mode in a vertical position.
My Clip: The My Clip function lets you tag good scenes while
you're recording or viewing a long video for extracting later. The tagged
scenes are saved into a single file, and can be viewed or even combined
Movie Playback: The HMX-Q20 allows you to playback your recorded
videos on the camcorder's LCD monitor. The camcorder offers playback
functions such as Play/Pause/Stop, Fast-Forward/Reverse (2x, 4x, 8x),
Previous/Next, Frame-by-Frame, and Slow-Playback (1/2x, 1/4x, 1/8x).
Movie Edit: You can divide a recorded movie into to and
easily delete a section you no longer need. Since the edit changes the original
movie file, you should create a backup of the original movie if you want to save
Digital Still Camera Features
Photo Recording: The Samsung HMX-Q20 allows you to record JPEG still images onto an inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC
memory card. Two image sizes are available: 5.3M (3072 x 1728) and 2M (1920 x
1080). Using a 4 GB SDHC card, you can record approximately 2832 photos at the
higher resolution and 4602 at the lower resolution.
Slide Show: Recorded still images can be played back as a
slide show with the following options:
- Interval: 1 second or 3 seconds
- Effects: Fade In or Fade Out
- Music: Background music can be played during the slide
show if desired. Up to 20 melodies will play back in shuffle mode if the
music function is enabled. Music function can be enabled by shaking the
camcorder (Shake It function).
Playback Zoom: You can magnify the playback photo image from its
original size. You can zoom in 1.1x to 8.0x. Once the image is zoomed in, you can pan up/down and left/right of the image.
Rechargeable Battery: The Samsung HMX-Q20 is powered by a
rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (BP125A). The battery can provide up to
105 minutes of Full HD recording and 120 minutes of HD
recording. It offers 140 minutes of
Full HD playback and 160 minutes of HD playback.
AC Adapter/Charger: The Samsung HMX-Q20 comes supplied with
an AC adapter/charger which allows you to operate the camcorder on standard household current and also
fully charges the included battery in 2 hours and 40 minutes (95% charge in 2
USB Charging: In addition to the AC adapter, the camcorder
can be charged while plugged into your computer via the built-in USB plug. USB
charging takes approximately 6 hours to complete.
Auto Power Off: For power saving purposes, the camcorder will
automatically turn off it there is no operation for 2 minutes in Standby mode or
5 minutes when in Recording mode.
USB: The Samsung HMX-Q20 features a micro USB port, and a
micro-USB-to-Type A USB cable
for connecting the camcorder to your computer.
You can also charge the battery when the camcorder is connected via USB.
AV Output: You can view the recorded movie and photo images
on your television by connecting the camcorder to your television using the
supplied A/V cable. The camcorder is based on the NTSC system, and is not
switchable to PAL.
micro-HDMI: The Samsung HMX-Q20 is equipped with a micro-HDMI
(Type D) output for connecting the camcorder to your HDTV via HDMI. (No HDMI
cable is included.) The camcorder supports Anynet+,
an AV network system that lets you control all connected Samsung AV devices with
a Samsung TV remote control.
Built-In Editing Software
Intelli-Studio Built-in Software: Editing software is stored inside the
camcorder. Connecting the camcorder to a Windows computer via USB runs the editing software application. The application enables
playback and editing of the camcorder's recordings on your Windows
PC. You can also upload files to social websites, such as YouTube and Flickr. The built-in software is not compatible with a Macintosh computer.
System Requirement: The internal Intelli-Studio software is
compatible with Windows only. Your Windows PC will need to meet the following
system requirements to use this software:
||Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher recommended
AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.2 GHz or higher recommended
(Notebook: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.6 GHz
or higher recommended)
||1 GB and above recommended
||nVIDIA Geforce 8500GT or higher
Ati Radeon HD 2600 series
||1024 x 768, 16-bit color or higher
(1280 x 1024,
32-bit color recommended)
||micro USB 2.0
||DirectX 9.0c or higher