Samsung HMX-QF20 Wi-Fi Enabled HD Camcorder - HMX-QF20 Menus and Setup

Article Index
Samsung HMX-QF20 Wi-Fi Enabled HD Camcorder
Bundle and Specs
HMX-QF20 Menus and Setup
Still Camera and HD Testing
Final Thoughts

 

Menus and Settings - System Settings:

There are a lot of menu screens, settings and customization that can be done with this camcorder and I won't insult you by explaining every slide.  Instead, you can choose the ones you want to look at and we'll briefly cover some of the details at the bottom of each section.

Menu Screen
Menu Screen 1
Menu Screen - 2
Menu Screen 2

The menu above is accessed by pressing the physical "Home" button on the flip-out LCD Screen.  From here you use the touch screen to access the settings you are looking for.  Smart Auto tries (quite successfully) to match up what you are shooting.  Manual mode gives you full control over White Balance, Exposure, Backlight, Auto/Manual Focus and Night Mode.

Under the Art Film effects include some nifty/gimmicky effects as well as the ability to fade in and out of your video clips.  These effects can all be done in post, but if you want to quickly do it during production, this is the way to quickly get it done.

Art - Digital Effects
Art - Digital Effects
Art - Fader
Art - Fader

 

Wireless Functions:

It's pretty amazing how companies have not capitalized much in the past on built-in wireless functionality.  Samsung makes up for this and adds WiFi Auto Backup that pushes pictures and videos over the network to your PC (software included).  This is handy and means that if you are frequently around your base of operations, you'll have your video backed up and available on your PC - without connecting wires.  The TV Link option is like "All-Share" from Samsung but it works on more than just their TVs.  It works on supported DLNA devices.  This sounds great, but there are some bandwidth problems.

Auto Backup
Auto Backup
WiFi TV Link
WiFi TV Link

 

The Social Sharing option built into the HMX-QF20 includes support for uploading videos and images directly to Facebook, Picasa and YouTube.  These worked flawlessly during testing and I was quite impressed at the ability to push photos quickly to Picasa.  As I recorded video at full resolution, the file sizes were a little large to upload directly to YouTube or Facebook.  I know these services support it, but the time it takes to upload 1GB of video over a 256kbps upload is a little excessive.

 

Settings:

The default settings on this camera are more than adequate, but if you want to tweak, there are plenty of options to do just that.  You can choose several video and a couple of photo resolutions to get you started.

Video Resolution
Video Resolution
Photo Resolution
Photo Resolution

 

Below are a few more of the settings screens that are fairly self-explanatory.

Settings - 1
Settings - 1
Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Macro Mode
Macro Mode
     
Settings - Display
Settings - Display
Settings - Connectivity
Settings - Connectivity
Settings - General
Settings - General

 

 

Many of the same settings for the still camera are also available for the video camera.  The exceptions include items such as Super C.Nite and Image Stabilization.  If you're expecting to shoot in extremely low light with the HMX-QF20, you'll be disappointed.  There is no IR light feature like that Sony uses and recording in the dark is pretty disappointing.  Night modes increase the ISO and lower the frame-rate.  This allows you to capture something - but it's not pretty.

On the next page we'll jump into testing the camcorder before we draw up our final thoughts and conclusions.