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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. People really like the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, 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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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

zoom

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

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: PC Pro (alphr.com)

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

Expert review by: George Cole (reghardware.co.uk)

Samsung HMX-U10

 

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...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Samsung HMX U10

 

The Samsung HMX-U10 is the latest rival to the Flip budget video recorder. It brings 1080p video quality and stills imaging to the budget camcorder table. Unlike the Flip it needs an SD card to record onto. The good Thanks to the SD card, the HMX-U10...

The Samsung HMX-U10 looks cracking on paper, with higher-resolution video, stills, better price than the Flip. But these camcorders are about usability rather than pure power, and it's here that the U10 falls down. Samsung HMX U10 is tagged with...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: electricpig.co.uk (electricpig.co.uk)

Samsung HMX-U10 review

 

Impressive specs, but hampered by lacklustre performance

Small, good quality video, takes stills

Not that user friendly, poor quality stills

Dec, 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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing:N / No
Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:STEREO
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Sound:Stereo
Wind filter:N / No / Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):1.66
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:IA-BH130LB / SLB-10A
Battery voltage:3.7
Video recording time:1.5

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:movie, single image, slide show

Connections

Composite Output: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: No
USB Connection: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Red / Silver
LED indicators:Y / Yes
Tripod mountable:Y

Display

Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:5.08 / 50.8
Display resolution (numeric):154000
Screen Resolution:154000 pixels
Screen Size:2 in
Screen Type:LCD

Features

Web Cam Function: No

Flash

Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light:N

Focusing

Face detection:Y
Focus adjustment:Auto

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective mega pixels:7.8 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):10
Effective megapixels (movie):7.8
Optical sensor size:1/0.0906 / 25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:10 / 7.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 15.3
Image stabilizer:N / No / Yes
Maximum aperture number:6.8
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Optical Zoom:1 / 3

Lens/Zoom

Aperture (Wide-tele):F3.5-6.8
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:0 x
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):5.1-15.3 mm
Manual Focus: No
Optical Zoom:3 x
White Balance:Auto

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):104x52.5x15.6 mm
Weight:111 g

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 6.8
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
AV output:1
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7, XP SP2, Vista32, 64 / Windows 7\nVista (32/64-bit)\nTripod XP SP2+ / Windows XP SP2, Vista32, 64 / Windows XP SP2, Vista32,64
Lens system:Samsung Lens
Manual Focus:N / No
Photo mode:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included:Y
Bundled software:Intelli-studio
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap:Y
Handheld remote control:N / No
Quick start guide:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI:No / Y / Yes
PictBridge:N
S-Video Out:N / No / Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Sensor

Sensor Size:1/2.3 in
Sensor Type:CMOS

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Still image resolution(s):3648 x 2736

Storage

Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
External Memory Type:Secure Digital, SDHC
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Memory slots:1

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC / NTSC, PAL
Full HD:Y
HD Recording:HD 1080p
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready:Y
Maximum frame rate:25 / 30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recording Format:SD/SDHC
Recording System:PAL/NTSC
Video capturing speed:30
Video formats supported:H.264
Video Resolution:1920x1080, 30fps, 1280x720, 60/30fps, 720x480, 720x576
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080 / 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.55 / 1.56 / 104 / 5.25 / 5.6 / 56
Height :1.55 / 10.4 / 15.5 / 5.6 / 52.5
Weight:111 / 95
Width:1.56 / 10.3 / 103 / 15.6 / 5.25

White balance

White Balance:Auto