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Samsung HMX-U20

Samsung HMX-U20
alaScore 86

240 reviews

May, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 240 reviews of Samsung HMX-U20. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the battery.

usability, portability, price, image quality, design

battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung HMX-U20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 240 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung HMX-U20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Samsung HMX-U20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The usability and price are also appreciated. There are mixed views on the reliability and memory. Some have doubts about the zoom.

portability, price, usability, size, design

zoom

64% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder - Red (2.0 LCD, HDMI Output, 8MP Photo)Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder - Black (2.0 LCD, HDMI Output, 8MP Photo)Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder - Blue (2.0 LCD, HDMI Output, 8MP Photo)

May, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung HMX-U20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of Samsung HMX-U20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the battery and price.

usability, portability, design, image quality, size

price, battery

38% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung HMX-U20 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder (Black)Samsung HMX-U20 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder (Red)Samsung HMX-U20 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder (Silver)

May, 2015

Expert review by: PC Plus (techradar.com)

Samsung HMX-U20 review

 

This pocket camcorder packs a quality lens offering optical zoom

Good quality zoom ; Still picture performance ; Fast to adjust ; Price

Little noisier than competition ; Slow to focus

Feb, 2011
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Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung HMX-U20 review

 

Sticking with the slightly bent form factor of the HMX-U10, Samsung return with another stab at the pocket camcorder segment. The previous model suffered the way many of these cameras do: it was fixed focus and failed to deliver good results except in...

Image quality, autofocus, optical zoom

Environmental noise from mic, background and operational noise in quiet conditions, low light performance not great, screen viewing angle not brilliant

Strong video meets weak audio, with some underlying audio detection of operational noises. This will deter some customers, but we suspect those filming your average children's party will be happy with the results

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (crn.com.au)

Samsung HMX-U20, a surprisingly cheap pocket video camera

 

It can't quite match the polish of the Flip range of cameras, but it's very good for the money.

Mar, 2011

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (pcauthority.com.au)

Samsung HMX-U20, a surprisingly cheap pocket video camera

 

It can't quite match the polish of the Flip range of cameras, but it's very good for the money.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: T3 Staff (t3.com.au)

Review: Samsung HMX-U20

 

The most noticeable feature of the Samsung HMX-U20 is the lens, which makes it look more like a serious piece of photographic equipment than a pocket video camera.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: PC Pro (pcpro.co.uk)

Samsung HMX-U20

 

Can’t quite match the polish of the Flip range of cameras, but it’s very good for the money

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: TimeLapsePrince (cnet.com)

1st HD camcorder.I have no need for new digital camera

 

It's little. 1080p and 720p 60 fps. The ease and output beauty of the time lapse mode sparked a cool hobby of hiking a mountain and time lapsing the sunset at the top. 10 mega pixel camera. Doesn't click when I zoom ; Why are you zooming while filming an

I can't control the speed of the telephoto. The software it comes with is not great

May, 2011

Consumer review by: buck76182 (cnet.com)

This is NOT an optical zoom!

 

I entered my local Best Buy with the intent of purchasing a Kodak Zi8. Instead, the Samsung caught my eye. The main selling feature for me was the Samsung's prominently advertised "3x optical zoom". The Kodak has a digital zoom, and I prefer optical....

Size--that's it

No optical zoom on video, terrible lens flare even in moderate sun, miserable on line and telephone service from Samsung

May, 2011

Consumer review by: buck76182 (cnet.com)

This is NOT an optical zoom!

 

I entered my local Best Buy with the intent of purchasing a Kodak Zi8. Instead, the Samsung caught my eye. The main selling feature for me was the Samsung's prominently advertised "3x optical zoom". The Kodak has a digital zoom, and I prefer optical....

Size--that's it

No optical zoom on video, terrible lens flare even in moderate sun, miserable on line and telephone service from Samsung

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: buck76182 (cnet.com)

This is NOT an optical zoom!

 

I entered my local Best Buy with the intent of purchasing a Kodak Zi8. Instead, the Samsung caught my eye. The main selling feature for me was the Samsung's prominently advertised "3x optical zoom". The Kodak has a digital zoom, and I prefer optical....

Size--that's it

No optical zoom on video, terrible lens flare even in moderate sun, miserable on line and telephone service from Samsung

Jun, 2010

Product Specifications

Recording lifes precious moments is just as important as sharing them. The ultra compact U20 point and shoot camcorder designed with a unique 7-degree body shape gives great grip for lengthy recording of 1920 x 1080 Full HD H.264 video or 10-megapixel still photos. Featuring a 3x optical zoom, large 2 LCD display, and built-in Intelli-studio software so you can playback, edit, or upload your videos to YouTube.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung IA-BH130LB

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:4.1in
Weight:3.9oz
Width:2.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:HMX-U20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-6.8
Max Focal Length:15.3mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:8Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:7.8Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:BSI-CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:10
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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