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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.

Good Brand

Based on 122 user and expert reviews, Samsung has good reviews for its video cameras. However, Samsung has unexceptional reviews for its medium total megapixels video cameras.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Samsung HMX-U20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HMX-U20.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price], and the Philips CAM150BU/37[plb_1394755_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDHC Compatible Memory Cards

SDHC compatible memory cards

This video camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on camcorders of this type and age. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HMX-U20, the Samsung HMX-U20 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ50E[pl_80442_price], and the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This video camera has a H.264 video formats supported, which is the most commonly found video formats supported on comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently found image formats supported on video cameras of this age and spec.

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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 medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Light

The weights of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HMX-U20 range from 76g to 3.3kg. At only 111 grams, the HMX-U20 is fairly light compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The HMX-U20 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this video camera.

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Owner Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 25 owner reviews the average owner rating of this video camera is 66%.

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the video cameras of a similar age and type to the HMX-U20 the optical zooms range from 1x to 52x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. The HMX-U20 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 3 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] (27x), or the JVC GZ-R10[plb_2633778_price] (40x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Samsung HMX-U20 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HMX-U20 which have an HDMI.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI that you might also want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_2109552_price], or the Samsung F90BN[plb_1538898_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

The HMX-U20 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not Full HD.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Camileo X150[pl_1474876_price], or the Camileo P20[pl_2251043_price] both from Toshiba or the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HMX-U20 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-U20 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at including the HS900[pl_1047313_price], or the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of camcorders of a similar age and type to the HMX-U20 is 2.8", and the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4". At only 2 inches, the HMX-U20 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HMX-U20.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Philips CAM101BL/00[plb_1396276_price], the Vivitar DVR785[plb_2069430_price], or the Toshiba Camileo BW10[plb_1432168_price].

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the DVC2712[pl_2549120_price] (2.7"), or the WDV1080[pl_2782188_price] (2.7") both from easypix or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HMX-U20 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 91,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels. When compared to other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the HMX-U20's display resolution (numeric) of only 154,000 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Not 3D

The HMX-U20 is not 3D. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HMX-U20 are also not 3D.

Video cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price], or the HDC-Z10000[pl_1312813_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HMX-U20 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in projector. The Samsung HMX-U20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the PJ200E[pl_363159_price], the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price], or the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] all from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

The HMX-U20 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HMX-U20 are also not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might want to consider the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price], the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price], or the Panasonic HX-A100[plb_1879762_price] which is also higher rated.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Samsung HMX-U20

Released Over Two Years Ago

Samsung released the HMX-U20 over two years ago.

Average Video Recording Time

At 1.5 hours, the HMX-U20 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

Other 1.5h video recording time camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF S30[plb_1125145_price], or the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

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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Product Identifiers

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