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We take a look at the Samsung C20 Camcorder

In this day and age, you'd be forgiven for thinking that everything needed to sparkle in crystal clear HD for people to show any interest in it. Well, apparently, that's not the case, as demonstrated by the Samsung C20 Camcorder, a curious device that boasts top class recording - in standard definition! For those of you who already struggle to remember a time before 1080i was the desired standard in everything with an electronic display, that means a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, which isn't particularly shabby to be honest. Quite who the target market for such a device could possibly be had us stumped for quite a while before we realised that there's probably a huge untapped market out there filled with people who had very little interest in joining the HD revolution, at least not yet. And who could blame them? With the rate of technical improvement increasing all the time it often seems frivolous to try to keep up, so we don't doubt that there are many who will cling dearly to their SD devices until they simply don't work any more. And this is the ideal camcorder for them.Obviously the lack of HD has its drawbacks. The colour, for instance, doesn't boast anything close to the vibrant pallets we have grown accustomed to. Instead we are subject to comparatively washed out representations of the world at large. This has a knock-on effect when it comes to the low light quality of the device too, with such attempts foiled by a disappointingly grainy picture, even when employing one of the two low-light modes available.The Samsung C20 Camcorder does have some redeeming features though. For those of you who can't live without YouTubing your exploits, it records in the extremely common and versatile H.264 format which makes footage shot on it an absolute breeze to upload to the web with minimum effort, thanks to the bundled intelli-Studio software. The design is also pleasing, with the C20 coming in a sleek 2.2 x 4.3 x 1.3 inch form factor, with a weight of just 5.3 ounces when stocked up with battery and SDHC memory card. We'd give it even more praise if it weren't for the unfortunately lightweight record button - a bizarre oversight from Samsung given the nature of the device - but aside from that it's certainly robust enough to see you throw more than a few family holidays.With plenty of features, an easy to navigate on-screen menu and low price point, the Samsung C20 Camcorder offers a great solution to anyone who simply wants to record with the minimum of fuss, and then share with their friends. You get what you pay for in terms of video quality, but since when does everything need to look like a Hollywood blockbuster anyway?

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