tucked behind the same door as the battery, but it's not like you have to remove the batteryto access the card slot. Additionally, the video outputs are hidden behind a small door which is concealed behind the flip-out LCD. Not a problem for us -- just letting the quirks beknown.
Touchscreen LCD monitors can always be hit or miss, particularly on handheld camcorders.We're pleased to say that the flip-out touch panel on this unit was undoubtedly useful andwell implemented. The screen did have a thing for maintaining fingerprints, but it never became more than a minor annoyance. It recognized haphazard touches and only misreadour true intentions once or twice during an entire week. Our only real dig here was theslight pause between menu switches; momentary lag was introduced when traversingbetween a deep menu item and one closer to the top, but it never proved to be anythingmore than a slight irritation.The menu system itself was exceptionally well-crafted. A "Quick Menu" button pulled up thesix most popular selections (Storage Medium, Resolution, White Balance, Focus, Exposureand Shutter), and at no time did we feel the screen was too cluttered with options. The in-depth menus were yet again well thought out and easy to navigate, making on-the-flytweaks relatively easy to achieve. Switching between Movie Mode, Photo Mode andPlayback Mode was even simpler, as Samsung provided a dedicated button just beside thePhoto Capture button solely for swapping between that trio.We also appreciated the twin record and zoom buttons; users can zoom in / out and stop /start recording by hitting the thumb buttons on the unit itself
by selecting them on the flip-out display. Again, a minor -- albeit thoughtful -- touch. Overall, the SC-HMX20C wasdesigned for the average joe / jane to pick up and fire up without ever having to tear intothe user's manual. Sure enough, the only time we ever referenced said pamphlet was justto make sure we didn't miss anything while surfing around the UI ourselves. Granted, thisalso speaks volumes about its intended audience. Yeah, it does 1080/30p and 1080/60i(along with 480/60p and an SD-only SlowMotion mode), but this camcorder isn't made for professionals. That being said, folks obsessed with archiving every single family outing in