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Samsung HMX-U20 Camcorder

7.8MP 1/2 111g CMOS Sep 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Two industry awards
Reasonably priced
Unacceptable noise level
58 Reviews + 2 Awards
hardwareheaven.com Performance Award pcauthority.com.au Recommended

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Seven owners who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was good value for money. Expert website Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The Samsung U20 is a budget pocket camcorder with a decent set of specs, including an optical zoom” . R. Bingham said “It's relatively inexpensive, extremely portable, easy to use” in their review of this camcorder. J. Stephens mentioned “I've had other Samsung camcorders, which I found were good value for money” in their Samsung HMX-U20 review.


Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites thought that this Samsung camcorder was good. The expert at review website Hardwareheaven.com gave this video camera a "Performance Award" and concluded it performed well and website Pcauthority.com.au conluded that they would recommend it and gave it a "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camcorder is 75 out of 100 based on eight expert reviews from sites including Techradar, Digital Versus, alphr.com and pcauthority.com.au.

Average Owner Reviews

On average, HMX-U20 owners rated this camcorder 66 out of 100. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Whilst Samsung is one of the superior camcorder brands according to average expert and user reviews, Samsung has unexceptional reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 100% of those that bought a Samsung camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two owners considered that it was compact. Seven years ago Stanley Park mentioned “If you want a compact camcorder I recommend you look for something other than this model”. Elu69 wrote “Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder”.

Very Light

The HMX-U20 is one of the lighter similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder (only 111 grams) amongst camcorders of this age. The average weight of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 370g.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Midland XTC-200 (£59.80) (93g).

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Samsung released the HMX-U20 in September 2014.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was noisy. Techradar said “Little noisier than competition” however despite that they still rated it 4 stars out of 5. Seven years ago Samstu86 wrote “The clicking sound of the auto focus when viewing video is very loud and would ruin any home video”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HMX-U20 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Samsung HMX-U20 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Little Noisier Than Competition

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was noisy. Techradar said “Little noisier than competition” however despite that they still rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Seven years ago Samstu86 wrote “The clicking sound of the auto focus when viewing video is very loud and would ruin any home video”.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The HMX-U20 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 3 times zoom factor) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The optical zooms of camcorders that have been available for more than two years range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 24x.

If you want a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-R10 (40x).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HMX-U20 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The Samsung HMX-U20 does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

Other camcorders which also support HDMI that you might want to look at include the JVC GZ-R15 which is also higher rated.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HMX-U20 has a composite video out, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera is 2.8". At only 2 inches, the HMX-U20 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Sony HXR-MC2500E (£1,198.80) (3" and higher rated).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder is 390,000 pixels. At only 154,000 pixels, the HMX-U20 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who purchased the product agreed that it had a good screen. Wiff said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk seven years ago “The screen is attractive and does not suffer from reflections” in their review of this camcorder. Animani scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “I don't like it's Display (LCD) I can't see what I am recording”.

Wide Angle Lens

Three people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good zoom. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “However, this feature has real benefits, like optical zoom, that differentiate the U20 f”. Coolhands mentioned on expert review site Amazon six 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”.

Two people who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it had a good lens. Digital Versus mentioned “Wide angle lens” but in spite of that they gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars out of 5. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar “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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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

At 1.5 hours, the HMX-U20 has a relatively average video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 1.5h video recording time camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon Legria HF S30.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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7.8 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 7.8 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this Samsung video camera total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-AS200 (£185) (8.8MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Design

Nice Design

Five people who bought it concluded that it was good looking. R. Bingham wrote on expert review site Amazon “The first part is beautiful” in their review of this camcorder. Seven years ago Wiff rated it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Perhaps there's a more elegant way? The installer only seemed to offer FAT32 so I converted the new drive to NTFS using Windows command shell "convert" command”. They also wrote “The calculator style keyboard is nice to type upon” in their review.

Two customers who bought it agreed that it was well designed. Animani gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned six years ago “Good design”.

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Easy to Use

Six people agreed that the Samsung HMX-U20 was easy to use. Website Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “It's easy to use and fits into my handbag”. R. Bingham mentioned seven years ago “Is so easy to use I can forgive that” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Sandra Gray gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote on expert review site Amazon “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”.

Two owners who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Coolhands said on expert website Amazon “The 720 HD recording settings work well enough”. Mr. C. Dioramma mentioned “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” in their review of this camcorder and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Quality Zoom

Eight people who bought it agreed that it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned “Good picture quality” but in spite of that they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Techradar wrote in their review of this camcorder “Good quality zoom” . Steve Gilham said “It picks up a great sound too, top quality”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers samsung hmxu20spxeu, hmxu20sn, hmxu20ln
Barcodes 00770332831206, 00770332836201, 08808993756599

Samsung HMX-U20 Review Sources

To prepare this Samsung HMX-U20 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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