Face-Off: SMX-C10 vs HDR-CX740 vs NEX-VG20 vs HDR-PJ260


 
Samsung SMX-C10 Sony HDR-CX740 Sony NEX-VG20 Sony HDR-PJ260
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Samsung SMX-C10
Overview - Full review
Sony HDR-CX740
Overview - Full review
Sony NEX-VG20
Overview - Full review
Sony HDR-PJ260
Overview - Full review
Price
Wide-angle setting
Samsung SMX-C10
Sony HDR-CX740
Sony NEX-VG20
Sony HDR-PJ260
Score
2/5
5/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Video Quality
2/5 5/5 4/5 3/5
User Score
5/5 (2)
5/5 (1)
Specifications
Specifications
Format MP4 (H264)
Sensor CCD 1/6''
Zoom 10 x
Focal length in 24x36 34.6-346 mm
Image stabilization Digital
Dimensions 38.5 x 56.5 x 114 mm
Weight 156000 g
Specifications
Format AVCHD
Sensor Backit CMOS Exmor R 1/2.88 inches (6.3 mm)
Zoom 10 x
Focal length in 24x36 26 - 260 mm
Image stabilization Opical (active)
Dimensions 137.5 x 73.5 x 67.5 mm
Weight 1000 g
Specifications
Format AVCHD
Sensor CMOS HD Exmor APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Zoom 0 x
Focal length in 24x36 29-322 mm
Image stabilization Optical
Dimensions 223 x 130 x 91 mm
Weight 1000 g
Specifications
Format AVCHD
Sensor CMOS Exmor R 1/3.91 (4.6 mm)
Zoom 30 x
Focal length in 24x36 29.8 - 894 mm
Image stabilization Lens with Active stabilisation mode
Dimensions 116.5 x 58.5 x 64.5
Weight 0 g
Conclusion
While it’s easy to use and quite handsome, the C10 is behind the curve. At this price, it faces strong competition from “pocket” camcorders that shoot in Full HD without being more expensive, like the Kodak Zi8.
It's hard to find fault with Sony's CX740. It's a five-star camcorder with an impressive number of qualities (just look at how many 'Pros' we listed above!). The unique image stabilisation system works very well and picture quality is good in all conditions. It's not cheap, but at least the CX740 gives you top quality for your top dollar.
The Sony NEX-VG20 is a good update of the VG10 that's not too far from perfect. Image quality is excellent and sound has been upped to 5.1. Although the depth of field is no match for the Canon 5D/7D, the VG20 is a great stand-alone camcorder with autofocus, 50p video, a swivel screen and a viewfinder that can be angled. All that's missing is a motorised zoom!
The Sony Handycam PJ260 is a family camcorder with plenty of great features, as much in its optics (zoom, wide angle) as in terms of its design (touchscreen, built-in memory). The integrated projector is a nice touch that's a decent enough fallback solution when there's no TV to hand. All in all, it's a good four-star camcorder.
Pros

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Light and compact

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34.6 mm focal length

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Easy to use

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Recharges via USB port

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Excellent image stabilisation system

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Very good picture quality in 50p mode

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Good build and finish, lens hood supplied

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Adjustable viewfinder

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Built-in USB cable

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26 mm wide angle

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32 GB internal memory

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5.1 microphone

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Built-in light

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Progressive scan video modes: 50p and 25p

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High-power battery

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5.1 microphone

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Low depth of field

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Good build and finish

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Viewfinder can be angled

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Photo mode - RAW/Jpeg

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50p video mode and 5.1 microphone

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29.8 mm wide angle

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30x optical zoom

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16 GB internal memory

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Headphones and mic sockets

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Built-in projector

Cons

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High noise in low light

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Digital image stabilizer not very effective

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Low bitrate video

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Hot-shoe can only be used with Sony accessories

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Strong moiré effect is visible on lines

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Zoom isn't motorised

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Colours are a bit dull