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Samsung HMX-U20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 338 reviews of Samsung HMX-U20. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

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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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 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. Comments about the size and image quality are overall positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the reliability and memory are different, while some have doubts about the zoom.

portability, price, usability, image quality, size

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68% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung U10 Full HD Ultra Compact Camcorder - Black (1920 x 1080 x 30p Full HD video, 10MP Still Image) 2 inch ScreenSamsung U10 Full HD Ultra Compact Camcorder - Black (1920 x 1080 x 30p Full HD video, 10MP Still Image) 2 inch Screen

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung HMX-U20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 user reviews of Samsung HMX-U20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and image quality. The design and usability are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the price. Some have doubts about the battery.

portability, usability, design, image quality, size

battery

47% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung HMX-U10 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder with10 MP Still (Red)Samsung HMX-U10 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder with10 MP Still (Red)

Sep, 2016

NOT RECOMMENDED

Expert review by: Michael Kwan (futurelooks)

Samsung HMX-U10 Pocket Camcorder

 

The pocket camcorder market is as popular as ever, because people want a simple and easy way to record videos on the go. As this market continues to mature, people ...

Takes still photos and HD video ; Unique angled body design ; Easy-access SDHC memory card slot ; More features than many competitors

Over-exposed video under higher light ; Near cameraphone-level photo quality ; Cannot handle close-up content ; Strange side placement of tripod screw

Inside, you'll find the Samsung U10 pocket camcorder itself, as well as the AC wall charger, USB cable, special component video cables, tripod adapter, wrist strap, quick start guide, user manual CD, and other supplementary documentation.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Samsung HMX-U10

 

Lens quality and video format issues are a few of the drawbacks, but the 1080p HD and sturdy design make up the difference.

Full 1080p HD, 10MP still pictures, stylish design and simplicity is what this camcorder offers

The video you take is very highly compressed which causes some major problems for editing videos

The idea behind a pocket camcorder is that you get a portable device that can take high-end videos and pictures at an affordable price. Samsung hit the design right on the head but missed the boat in some huge areas such as quality video in any setting...

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

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

Samsung HMX-U20 - Pocket-lint

 

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

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

The Samsung HMX-U20 isn't perfect, but it punches hard in one of the areas that matters: the video quality is above par for this type of device, with both autofocus and optical zoom a step above the normal fixed focus options. You aren't overwhelmed...

Sep, 2010

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

Samsung HMX-U10 camcorder - Pocket-lint

 

The pocket camcorder segment has caught the eye of Samsung, offering up their HMX-U10. It brings with it high-definition recording capabilities and plenty

Plenty of options

Fixed focus lets it down, poor low light performance, no HDMI

Overall the Samsung HMX-U10 is an attractive looking device which offers more options than many of its rivals. Unfortunately what it brings in superficial novelty it lacks in core strength. The HD footage is let down by focal range and the low light...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Seth Barton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung HMX-U10 review

 

A good design with some fun features, but its sensor generates lots of noise in lowlight conditions and 1080p video is bloated.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Samsung HMX-U10 review

 

The big guns have well and truly arrived in pocket camcorder town. What was once a playground for Flip and Creative is now a warzone for Kodak's Zi8 , Sony's MHS-PM1 and now Samsung's debut, the 1080p U10. Its claim to fame is an angled, ergonomic...

Nov, 2009

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

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

HD type:Full HD

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