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Samsung HMX-U20 Ultra-Compact Full-HD Camcorder (Black)

by Samsung
3.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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  • Full HD Recording
  • Built-in USB Arm
  • 3x optical zoom for still photos, and 3.6x digital intelli zoom for video (no optical)
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Technical Details


Product Description

Product Description

Samsung HMX-U20 Pocket-Size Full HD Camcorder Features

  • Creative recording with 3x Optical Zoom
  • Battery-charging through USB connection
  • Capture more details with Full HD
  • Connect your camcorder to another device with HDMI
Capture More Details With Full HD
Shooting videos in 1920 x 1080 60i Full HD resolution retains the images' intensity when viewed on HD TVs and monitors. Upgrade your video viewing with full HD.

Easy On-Device Editing
Now you can edit by combining and dividing files on the camcorder easily, without transferring files to a PC.

Battery-Charging Built-In USB Cable
When your DC adaptor is not available, you can charge your camcorder battery with the built-in USB cable as well. Now upload easily while recharging your camcorder at the same time.

Connect Your Camcorder To Another Device With HDMI
One cable conveniently connects your camcorder directly to your TV, computer or DVD player, so you share videos as easily as you make them.

High-Quality Digital Photos And Full HD Video
With 4.7 Megapixels give you the best of both worlds: high-quality digital photos and full HD video featuring the deepest colors and sharpest details.

See, Edit, And Share Files From Any PC With Intelli-Studio
Intelli-studio 2.0 is intuitive and easy to use. It lets you view, edit, and share video files from any PC, anywhere in the world, thanks to built-in software that goes where you go.

Simple One-Touch File Upload
Upload files to YouTube, Facebook, and more with one touch of the direct upload button after you connect to a PC, choose the file and select your site. Sharing your life with loved ones was never easier.

Time Lapse Recording
Time Lapse Recording lets you capture the beauty of a sunset in HD detail by using still frames taken at pre-set intervals, then put together sequentially to create a video file that speeds up the slow passage of time.

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From the Manufacturer

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At just the touch of a button you can share life’s greatest moments—as soon as they happen, thanks to the Samsung HMX-U20. With a direct upload button you can send a winning homerun or baby’s first steps straight to YouTube for family and friends to watch. And with stunning 1920x1080 Full HD recording, it’s all crystal-clear and sharply detailed.

3X Optical Zoom

Compact & Ergonomic Samsung HMX-U20 equipped with a 3x optical zoom get you closer to the action. Within point & shoot category, 3x optical zoom is powerful enough to make a big difference.
Samsung U20

Samsung U20

Smart Auto

You see the image you want in your head. You point the HMX-U20. And Smart Auto sees it too. This smart auto technology actually chooses from 6 different settings ranging from landscape to portrait automatically. Then adjusts for the perfect recording. Whether it's catching your friends on a night on the town or a waterfall off a mountain. What you get is exactly what you had in mind.
* Smart auto is applied to both Video recording & Still Image capture.

Full HD

Video recorded at Full HD resolution can be played back perfectly on a Full HDTV or Monitor. Full HD images are saturated with rich, natural color and deep, dramatic detail, making them more enjoyable to shoot and more satisfying to share.
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Samsung U20

Built-in USB Arm

The Samsung HMX-U20 is made for your mobile lifestyle. With its built-in USB arm, it gives you the freedom to enjoy quick, convenient USB data transfer without the inconvenience of ever having to carry an extra cable.

USB Battery Charging

In addition to standard DC adapter charging, the Samsung HMX-U20 can be charged via USB to give you more options on the move. Simply connect it to any USB port and its battery will begin to charge.

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Samsung U20

High Resolution Photo

The depth of color and detail delivered by the Samsung HMX-U20 is high resolution photo gives you digital photos that are of the highest quality, so you can shoot and share still shots that capture the true beauty of the moment.

Record the Passing of Time

See the before, the after and everything in between with the U20's Full HD Time Lapse Recording feature. By simply setting intervals of up to 30 seconds, you can watch a flower bloom. Or take across-country trip in minutes. The U20 lets you enjoy every moment – literally.

Samsung U20


Samsung U20

Animated Thumb Nail

The Interactive Thumbnail feature allows you to see what is in the file without having to enter full playback mode, making file management and selection more intuitive and enjoyable.

Intelli Studio

For the modem mobile lifestyle, the Samsung HMX-U20’s Inteli-studio software is built-in, giving you the freedom to play, edit and share files on any PC. As soon as the Samsung HMX-U20 is connected to a PC via USB, Inteli-studio runs automatically.

Samsung U20


Samsung U20

HDMI

Just one HDMI cable (not included) is all it takes to connect your camcorder directly into your TV, computer or DVD player. The result? Professional-quality videos with high-quality picture and sound.

Specifications


HMX-U15
HMX-U20
Image Sensor


1/2.3” CMOS


1/2.3” CMOS

Lens
1X, Auto Focus
3X, Auto Focus
LCD

2-inch LCD

2-inch LCD
Image Stabilizer
Hyper Digital Image Stabilization
Hyper Digital Image Stabilization
Memory
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC
Unique Features

·     1920x1080 Full-HD Video

·     14MP Digital Stills

·     H.264 Video Format

·     Ultra-Compact Design

·     Seven Degree Angled Grip

·     HDMI Connectivity

·     Built-in USB (swing-out)

·     USB Charging

·     Hyper Digital Image Stabilization

·     Built-In intelli-studio2.0 Software

·     One-Touch Upload to YouTube


·     1920x1080 Full-HD Video

·     8MP Digital Stills

·     H.264 Video Format

·     Ultra-Compact Design

·     Seven Degree Angled Grip

·     HDMI Connectivity

·     Built-in USB (swing-out)

·     USB Charging

·     Hyper Digital Image Stabilization

·     Built-In intelli-studio2.0 Software

·     One-Touch Upload to YouTube


* Specifications are subject to change without notice.



Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.1 x 2 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B00365F6EQ
  • Item model number: HMX-U20BN/XAA
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,456 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 20, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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I purchased this May 28th, on sale for $170. I did not purchase a memory card as I had a 2 gig SD card at home and wasn't sure that I would be keeping this camera. I charged the battery, put in my memory card and went out in the yard and shot some video and some still photos. It was a bright sunny day. I hooked up the camera to my 50 inch plasma TV with the included composite video cable and looked at the photos, which were really great quality and detail. I was pleasantly surprised that they were the equal of my Olympus 10 mega pixel digital still camera. Next I looked at the video that I shot at 1080P and heard this clicking noise throughout the video. My commentary was recorded just fine but the clicking was a deal breaker. The video quality was also not what I expected for the 1080 P setting. I loaded the CD into my PC and started to read the manual. As another reviewer noted you must us HC SD memory or data will be lost while the memory is trying to keep up with the high data rate of this camera. That night I bought a recommended SDHC card and put it in the camera. The next day I went to a WWII era air show and brought the camera. I shot about 40 minutes of video at 720P 60 frames per second and about 24 photos at the 10 mega pixel setting. There were lots of action videos as the old fighters streaked overhead as well as some newer jets. I hooked up the camera to the plasma TV and viewed the photos, which were really sharp and clear with great detail. You could read the serial number and min/max blade pitch on one of the props. This is using a low quality composite video cable between the camera and TV. The videos were terrific and no clicking noise. The use of the correct memory card improved all the quality levels of the photos and videos.Read more ›
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I am surprised by the early negative reviews. I never owned a pocket HD cam before (like the Flip Mino, Creative Vado, or Kodak Zi6) though I've seen them compared online (Tekzilla), so when I pre-ordered this camera I had a good idea of what I would be getting. I've had it for 3 days now and it is exactly what I expected it to be for the price and size. It is not a replacement for larger, heavier higher-end digital SLRs or camcorders with better lenses and imaging chips. It's a convenient, cell phone sized FunCam. The smaller size and lighter weight means it's harder to keep steady, a reported problem with all the pocket HD cams. Another known problem is they don't do low light well. This camera is no exception.

Pros:

I found the 1080/30p video quite good outdoors in daylight, again considering the size of the chip and the quality of the lens you can expect at this price.

The Smart Auto feature does a surprisingly good job of detecting what you're shooting and adjusting accordingly. Hold the camera close to an object and it automatically goes into macro mode. Shoot a back-lit subject and it automatically goes into Backlight mode. It does have an Action mode for fast moving subjects but I haven't had it activated yet so I'm not sure how well it works to smooth out camera shake, if that's even what it's supposed to do. (There is no camera shake correction feature in the included software as another reviewed suggested.) I suspect Action mode may just increase shutter speed to minimize subject blur and not be an image stabilization feature. At any rate, this is a consumer point and shoot camera. These modes are not manually adjustable.
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I would say.. not bad...Here is the pictures I took under different kind of condition-[...]. All are shut in SMART/AUTO mode and there is not much night view cause it doesn't work well without enough lighting. I don't expect 170USD could have a professional sharp quality. But this one is compact and light, easy to carry on.
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Yes, you need a steady hand for all video recording. Just because you stink at taking video doesn't mean it's the camera's fault. Videographers all over spend lots of money on stabilizing equipment for the already skilled hands and already top of the line cameras. This camcorder takes great video, especially in proper lighting. Outside video has amazing rich detail and the TIME LAPSE feature is incredible. A+ product.
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I suffered from the flip's limited storage (8GB) and short battery life.. So, I switched to the Samsung HMX-20 for the following reasons:
1) SDHC support: I have a couple of 16GB cards that I take with me when traveling; a computer is not needed.
2) Full HD.
3) Can be charged with bundled electric charger or when plugged to USB.

Cons:
1) Poor low-light performance
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By Ish on March 15, 2011
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I bought this camera mainly for work. So far, I am pleased. I didn't need it for it's still shot capability. I mainly needed it for it's high definition video quality, and it's compact size. I was using my "Blackberry" video camera before, but the quality was horrible. With the Samsung HMX-U20, huge improvement! Excellent video, and great sound. If you plan on using the Samsung HMX-U20 for photo's, I hope you have a very steady hand, or use a tripod. The photos come out blurry. Although, If you take still photos while filming at the same time, the photos come out pretty good. I really have no complaint, for what I'm using the camera for.
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