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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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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

The author at review site Hardwareheaven.com gave this camcorder a "Performance Award" and decided it performed well and it received a "Recommended" award from review website Pcauthority.com.au.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including Techradar, Digital Versus, alphr.com and pcauthority.com.au this video camera has an overall expert rating of 75%.

Samsung Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Samsung has unexceptional ratings for its medium total megapixels camcorders, however it has good average ratings when measured across its entire video camera range. 100% of those that bought a Samsung video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 50 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camcorder is 66%. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Design

Nice Design

Five customers agreed that the product was good looking. R. Bingham gave this camcorder a rating of 8 stars and said in their Samsung HMX-U20 review on Amazon seven years ago “The first part is beautiful”. In the same month Wiff mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “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” in their review of this camcorder. Wiff also said “The calculator style keyboard is nice to type upon” in their review.

Two owners thought it was well designed. Animani said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Good design”.

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was smooth. R. Bingham wrote “Video is better than I anticipated and after some trials decided that 720dpi / 50fps was the optimum setting for smooth panning whilst maintaining good definition” .

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Easy to Use

Six people agreed that the Samsung HMX-U20 was easy to use. Bestbuy.com said “It's easy to use and fits into my handbag” nonetheless they only rated it 20 out of 100. Six years ago Sandra Gray rated this camcorder 5 stars and she said “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”. R. Bingham said on Amazon seven years ago “Is so easy to use I can forgive that”.

Two owners who bought this camcorder agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Coolhands wrote “The 720 HD recording settings work well enough” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Mr. C. Dioramma said on Amazon “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”.

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Charles W. King rated it 6 stars and he mentioned “The camera is reasonable although you need to hold it very steady or you get blurred pictures”.

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Good Quality Zoom

Eight owners who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Digital Versus said six years ago “Good picture quality”. Techradar said “Good quality zoom”. Steve Gilham he wrote on Amazon “Best vid cam ive ever had, really pleased with quality of HD video” in his review of this camcorder.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was compact. Seven years ago Stanley Park said in his review of this camcorder “If you want a compact camcorder I recommend you look for something other than this model”. Three years ago Elu69 said on Amazon “Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder” in their review of this camcorder.

Very Light

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 50g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 400g. The Samsung HMX-U20 is one of the lighter medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder (only 111 grams) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Midland XTC-200 ($85.99) (93g).

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Power

Good Battery Life

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good battery life. Karl Bell wrote on Amazon “Has great quality and a great battery life”.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good screen. Wiff mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk “The screen is attractive and does not suffer from reflections”. Animani wrote in their review of this camcorder “I don't like it's Display (LCD) I can't see what I am recording”.

Wide Angle Lens

Three owners who bought the Samsung HMX-U20 concluded that it had a good zoom. Techradar.com mentioned on expert website Techradar six years ago “However, this feature has real benefits, like optical zoom, that differentiate the U20 f” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. In the same month Coolhands rated it 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “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 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Digital Versus said “Wide angle lens” but despite that they only gave this camcorder a rating of 17.6 out of 100. Techradar.com said on expert website 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” in their review of this camcorder and gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars.

One customer mentioned that it had a good autofocus. R. Bingham gave it a score of 8 stars and mentioned “Autofocus is mostly good” in their Samsung HMX-U20 review.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two people agreed that it had good technical guidance. Wiff gave the Samsung HMX-U20 a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “There is help on the forums”. Mr. C. Dioramma said on Amazon “I hope my review would help you reach a better decision in buying this nice little machine” and gave this camcorder a rating of 7 stars.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Samsung HMX-U20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Samsung HMX-U20 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder. Medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 1x and 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Composite Video Out

The Samsung HMX-U20 has a composite video out. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Does Not Support HDMI

The Samsung HMX-U20 does not support HDMI. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago do support HDMI.

We compared all the other video cameras which also support HDMI to this video camera and we think the Samsung F90BN ($245.95) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HMX-U20 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HMX-U20 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Little Noisier Than Competition

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was noisy. Six years ago Techradar wrote “Little noisier than competition” in their review of the Samsung HMX-U20.

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

Unacceptable Noise Level

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was noisy. Six years ago Techradar wrote “Little noisier than competition” in their review of the Samsung HMX-U20. Samstu86 mentioned “The clicking sound of the auto focus when viewing video is very loud and would ruin any home video”.


Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar 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 typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

The HMX-U20 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera. Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4".

If this Samsung video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HXR-MC2500E (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The HMX-U20 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 154,000 pixels) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The display resolutions (numeric) of medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera range from 91,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 400,000 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camcorder was released.


Battery

Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 1.5 hours, the HMX-U20 has a fairly standard video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 1.5h video recording time video cameras currently available including because of it's 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 typical of many comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Product Identifiers

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

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