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Samsung HMX-U20 Camcorder

7.8MP 1/2.3 111g CMOS Sep 2014
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Recording lives 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... More
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Average Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review website erenumerique.fr scored this video camera 70%.

Reasonably Priced

Four Samsung HMX-U20 owners who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was good value for money. A Basu mentioned on Amazon “Hey ho good price”. J. Stephens wrote on Amazon five years ago “Lovely Camcorder for the price”. J. Stephens also mentioned “I've had other Samsung camcorders, which I found were good value for money”.

Two Samsung HMX-U20 reviewers who bought it agreed that it was a bargain for the price. Coolhands mentioned “I bought it as it was small and pretty cheap” in their review. One Samsung HMX-U20 owner who bought the product reckoned that it was cheap. R. Bingham gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “It's relatively inexpensive, extremely portable, easy to use” in their review.

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Easy to Use

Several people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. R. Bingham said on Amazon “Is so easy to use I can forgive that” in their Samsung HMX-U20 review. Sandra Gray mentioned “If you are into fine cinematography, buy a full size recorder! I have had no issues with clicking or hiss and found it fairly intuitive to operate” and scored the product 5 stars. Stanley Park said “Had purchased it because I thought it was produced by a trusted manufacturer and the handy size” in his review of the Samsung HMX-U20 but even so he only gave the Samsung HMX-U20 a rating of 1 stars.

A few Samsung HMX-U20 reviewers said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Coolhands said in their review of the Samsung HMX-U20 five years ago “The 720 HD recording settings work well enough”. Mr. C. Dioramma wrote “For better understanding on how to use this camera, you would need to carefully study it's menu to get it's settings right in order to achieve the result you want” and scored it very highly.

One Samsung HMX-U20 reviewer who purchased it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Charles W. King wrote “The camera is reasonable although you need to hold it very steady or you get blurred pictures” in his Samsung HMX-U20 review.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder thought it performed as expected. Pegprops mentioned in their review of the Samsung HMX-U20 on Amazon “The Samsung Smart Camcorder arrived very quickly and does exactly what it says on the box”.

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Nice Design

Some people concluded that the product was a good design. Animani rated it 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Good design” in their review. Two Samsung HMX-U20 owners reckoned that it was good looking. R. Bingham rated the Samsung HMX-U20 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The first part is beautiful”.

One customer who reviewed the product said that it was smooth. R. Bingham rated the product 5 stars and said in their review six years ago “After some trials decided that 720dpi / 50fps was the optimum setting for smooth panning whilst maintaining good definition”.

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Good Product Quality

Seven customers considered that the Samsung HMX-U20 was good quality. Coolhands said five years ago “A) the quality is good (it has decent lens); b) it was the only small camcorder that has an 'optical' zoom ie the lens moves as you expect” in their review of the Samsung HMX-U20. Karl Bell wrote in his review on Amazon “The HD camcorder is excellent, great quality, I used it whilst on holiday on Scotland, views of the landscape are breathtaking”. Karl Bell also wrote “Has great quality and a great battery life”.

Good Size

Several people who reviewed the Samsung HMX-U20 agreed that it was compact. Elu69 wrote in their review of this camcorder “Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder”. Stanley Park said on Amazon “If you want a compact camcorder I recommend you look for something other than this model”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. R. Bingham mentioned on Amazon six years ago “Autofocus is mostly good and writing to memory is almost instantaneous” in their review. One person who bought the product considered that it had a good lens.

Good Battery Life

One Samsung HMX-U20 owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life.

Good Support

One person who purchased this camcorder considered that it had good technical guidance. Mr. C. Dioramma wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon five years ago “I hope my review would help you reach a better decision in buying this nice little machine”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Samsung HMX-U20 owner who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good screen. Animani mentioned on Amazon “I don't like it's Display (LCD) I can't see what I am recording” in their Samsung HMX-U20 review.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few Samsung HMX-U20 reviewers who reviewed this camcorder thought it was noisy. Samstu86 said “The clicking sound of the auto focus when viewing video is very loud and would ruin any home video” in their review.

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Samsung has unexceptional ratings for its medium sensor size video cameras, however it has good average ratings when measured across its entire video camera range.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HMX-U20 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, or the Sony HDR-CX440.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HMX-U20 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF S30, or the Samsung HMX-QF20 which has better reviews.

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The Samsung HMX-U20 supports an SDHC memory card which is better than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it support an SD memory card. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. Camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HMX-U20 memory cards range from MicroSDXC (worst) to SDXC (best).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HMX-U20 has a built-in display, as do most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HMX-U20.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider include the Camileo S40, or the Camileo BW10 both from Toshiba or the Sony HDR-GW66 which has better reviews.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on camcorders of this age and type.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 111 grams, the HMX-U20 is one of the lighter comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HMX-U20 amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-U20 the weights range from 76g to 2.8kg.

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Small

Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-U20 the depths range from 15mm to 460mm, and the average depth is 110mm. The depth of the Samsung HMX-U20 of only 15.6 millimeters is one of the smallest amongst medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HMX-U20.

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Owner Reviews Are Average

Users have rated this camcorder on average 66 out of 100.

Quite Small Optical Zoom

Across all the video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HMX-U20 the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. The HMX-U20 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 3 times zoom factor) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-CX240 (£129.99) (27x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The HMX-U20 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Rollei Movieline Live 100, or the Toshiba Camileo BW10 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HMX-U20, the HMX-U20 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Screen Size

At only 2 inches, the HMX-U20 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-U20. The average screen size of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-U20 is 2.8".

Other 2" screen size camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider include the Toshiba Camileo BW10, the Vivitar DVR785 (£29.99), or the Olympus LS-20M which has better reviews.

If you want a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the HDR-CX240 (£129.99) (2.7"), or the HXR-MC2500E (£1,089.49) (3") both from Sony or the easypix WDV1080 (2.7") which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-U20 have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels. The HMX-U20 has a very low display resolution (only 154,000 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Samsung HMX-U20 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-U20 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000E both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HMX-U20, the Samsung HMX-U20 does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Panasonic HDC-SD90, or the Sony HDR-PJ330 (£312.11).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Samsung HMX-U20 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might want to look at including the HDR-PJ200, or the HDR-PJ240 (£275.28) both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The HMX-U20 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HMX-U20 are also not waterproof.

Camcorders which are waterproof that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HX-A100 (£94.99), or the GE DV1 which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Samsung HMX-U20

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Samsung released the HMX-U20.

Average Video Recording Time

At 1.5 hours, the Samsung HMX-U20 has a pretty average video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this video camera to all the other 1.5h video recording time video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF S30, and the GE DV1 is also worth considering.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
7 June 2011

Si l?appareil est bien construit, on ne peut pas en dire autant de l?ergonomie. La forme ne facilite pas la prise en main et une partie des contrôles s?avère difficile à utiliser. La faute à... Read more…

Good quality zoom
Still picture performance
Fast to adjust
Price
Good picture quality
Little noisier than competition
Slow to focus
Glitches in 1080p when the camcorder is moved quickly
No microphone socket
No internal memory

User Reviews

(25)
Reviewed 22 July 2015 by Vksd
Vksd would recommend the Audio Technica ATH-CKX5iS (Verified Purchase)

Did purchase the phone around 2 months back. The buying experience with bestbuy was hassle free. And the phone is really good...

It's easy to use and fits into my handbag. Light weight as well
Price
Easy to use
The materials
Reviewed 16 January 2015 by Norman Gallagher
(Verified Purchase)

Very good...

Reviewed 15 January 2015 by Miss Joanna Wareham
(Verified Purchase)

Its ok but not the best.

Reviewed 24 February 2014 by Elu69
(Verified Purchase)

The supplier got in touch with me and said that this camera was no longer available. I was offered a replacement made by G.E, I am very pleased with that and used it underwater in Kenya for some... Read more…

Reviewed 6 January 2014 by A BASU
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this for candid shots of my toddler before its too late. Works fine but no memory card which I thought was a bit misely. But hey ho good price.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers hmxu20sn, hmxu20ln, samsung hmxu20, samsung hmxu20s, samsung hmxu20sp, samsung hmxu20spx, samsung hmxu20spxe, samsung hmxu20spxeu
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