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Samsung HMX-U20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the battery. Some have doubts about the zoom and features.

value for money, usability, image quality, portability, size

features, zoom

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 135 reviews)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 despite advertising to the contrary, terrible lens flare even in moderate sun, miserable on line and telephone service from Samsung

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mechanical noises during recording

 

The Smart Auto feature does a surprisingly good job of detecting what you're shooting and adjusting accordingly

I didn't like the fact that there is a mechanical noises during recording during recording

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Amazon 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.

portability, design, image quality, usability, size

value for money, battery, features

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

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Don't Buy!

 

Can't find any yet

I tried to use it in a room with regular lighting and the image was so dark it was hard to tell what was being recorded ; When I played it back the audio seemed distorted. I tried playing it back on my tv and computer to see if it was just the speaker...

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Not satisfied

 

Not a all time use camera, but its a fair outdoor usage camera for those who are not going to put importance on audio output.

Pocket size and Handy, easy to use, easy to download and share, sturdy design

Bad sound reproduction, continuous after-record clicking noise in the audio, barely visible operating touch button labels, extremely noisy(bad) low light video and pictures, not good for even medium scale party videoing, unnecessarily large lens for a...

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click-a-click-a-click"

 

Hey, there's a reason why this camera was released in the late spring of 2010 with an MSRP of $250 , a street price of $200, and now (Sept 2010) retailers are discounting it to $129. If it weren't for the noise, it would have been a Flip killer. Its a...

Cheap, optical zoom unheard of in this class of camera, time lapse mode

The autofocus motor noise is picked up by the mic, and when you play back any video "click-a-click-a-click" is heard continuously. You don't think you care about it, but once you notice it you can't shake it

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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