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Samsung HMX-U20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 449 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and usability. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback, but many are negative about the zoom and features.

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

battery, 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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 75 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 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

features

67% 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 - Silver (1920 x 1080 x 30p Full HD video, 10MP Still Image) 2 inch ScreenSamsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder - Red (2.0 LCD, HDMI Output, 8MP Photo)Samsung U10 Full HD Ultra Compact Camcorder - Red (1920 x 1080 x 30p Full HD video, 10MP Still Image) 2 inch Screen

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung HMX-U20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 189 user reviews of Samsung HMX-U20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

portability, image quality, design, usability, size

value for money, battery, features

45% 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-U10 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder with10 MP Still (Red)Samsung HMX-U10 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder with10 MP Still (Red)

NOT RECOMMENDED

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Samsung HMX-U10 Pocket Camcorder Review

 

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 are expecting higher resolution videos and additional…

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

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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

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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

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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.

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

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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.

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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.

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Samsung HMX-U10 compact HD camcorder

 

Good looking compact camcorder with a range of HD recording options, but rather clunky to use.

The HMX-U10 is proof that beauty can only be skin deep. In terms of looks and design, it's head and shoulders above many of its rivals, but a clunky touch interface makes this a frustrating device to use, and both still and video quality are...

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The HMX-U10 is an example of 'almost' engineering.

 

Samsung is so close on this one. My suggestions? Orient the camera like a camera, no mount adapters. Improve the automatic light sensitivity to adjust properly. Make the camera zoom capable on the HD setting. Move the capture buttons to the side of the...

This camcorder offers awesome HD resolution video. The addition of a 10 Mp still camera is handy and images that come out clear are pretty stunning. There is a 4x zoom in lower video resolutions but not in HD. The LCD is bright and clear. The fixed lens r

Is it a phone or a camera? Samsung provides an adapter mount mount (sic) to compensate for the built-in mount which orients the camera to capture videos on their side ; The fixed lens is always exposed, there is no protective cap ; The covers on the memo

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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

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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