Built on the inside of the SMX-C20 is a 10x optical, 2.4-24mm zoom lens. At F1.8-2.4, it is great for shooting in low-light situations. This lens has been built into the camera at a 25° angle, allowing for a more natural and more comfortable hand position while recording.
On top of the camera you will find controls that operate the lens's zoom as well as a button that allows the camera to capture still images up to 1.9-Megapixels, but not while recording video.
The 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD swings out from the right side of the camera and tilts 270° to give you a great view of the screen no matter where you are holding the camera. Next to the LCD are the menu button, 4-way controller and a record button. The camera menu allows you to change both the video and still image settings.
On the side of the camera, under the LCD, you will find the power button, one touch sharing button, LCD information button, playback button and the Smart Auto button. These buttons function the same as they do on a digicam. The one touch sharing button allows you to directly upload your videos to YouTube when the camera is plugged into a computer. Smart Auto chooses all of the settings for the camera, so you can just point and shoot.
The back of the camera, including the large REC button slide down to reveal the camera's USB and Audio/Video outputs, as well as the charging port, SD compartment and the battery.
The SMX-C20 does not feature any internal memory, so you will be relying completely on SDHC memory cards. Using the H.264 Quicktime codec, the camera is able to capture approx. 1.5 hours of video on a 4GB memory card. With a maximum capacity of 32GB in a SDHC card, you have the ability to record up to 12 hours on a single card.
Powering the C20 is a 3.7V Li-Ion rechargeable battery (IA-BH130LB). This battery allows the camera to operate for over 2 hours and 40 minutes on a single charge. This gives you plenty of time to create your masterpiece or just shoot home movies.