Summary: Unfortunately the clicking problem other people have posted is continuing. It clicks on playback, loudly. It also doesn't consistently record audio so it is either no sound or clicking. Returning and not going to get another. But the design was nice and the size and weight were perfect for what I was looking for.
Summary: I bought this camera about two weeks before my high school graduation and a two week trip to Orlando, Florida. After using this camera throughout my entire prom, graduation, project graduation, and trip to florida I uploaded the videos to my computer. The Camera was VERY VERY easy to use and the vides were very clear. However, I noticed that the sound would stop whenever I would use the zoom.
Summary: I'm really torn on this one. On the one hand, this camera shoots really nice video outside. At noon. With clear skies. The time lapse feature is also really cool (if a bit gimmicky) and I wish more brands would implement this feature into theirs, and the optical zoom is a great feature. On the other hand, when you try to use it inside, or outside in less than absolutely perfect conditions, the video produced is completely unacceptable.
Still looking for an indoor, wide'ish angle camcorder. This aint' it.
Ziv "Ziv", Amazon
2 December 2010
Summary: I had read the tech specs for this camera and liked the 3x zoom, which I swear it didn't used to mention is for the camera function only. For the price, any type of stabilization would be worthwhile, but again, it doesn't seem to work for video. What really disappointed me though was the fact that the widest angle I could get for video was equivalent to around 42 or 45 mm on my SLR.
Summary: I pre-ordered this camcorder in April, 2010 and patiently waited for about 2 months for it's release. I was excited about its time lapse recording. The cost in April was $199. It is now $169, June 2010. A significant price drop in less than a month from its release. Since using this camcorder, I haven't had a chance to get satisfied digital picture yet. Nor have I had a chance to take good quality videos. The focusing of this camcorder isn't working very well.
Summary: i had ordered this camera back in April for it superior features. I was initially planning to buy Sony Bloggie PM5 ,but settled for this one. Very disappointed with this product, The moment i opened the box, expected a red camcorder, got a pink one instead. Had the horrible click noise on video playback. Bad audio, Seems like most of the reviewers are also experiencing the same audio issue.
Summary: OK, first of all I don't write reviews of products often, but I felt that this Samsung HMX-U20 product was so bad that I needed to tell others before they waste their time/money. I was excited to get it, but from the moment I took it out of the box I could tell this wasn't going to be good. 1. They couldn't even print the "OPTICAL 3X" label on the lens straight. Oops, it's not printed straight. It's actually off by quite a bit. Just poor quality assembly. 2.
Summary: The quality to this unit is very poor. The HD is not HD. I tested out the product in my room when it came. My room had plenty of light but it wasn't enough to get a good quality picture or video. This product has no flash or any adjustments for the dark, which makes it useless half of the day!
Summary: My expectations for a handheld video camera like this weren't too terribly high - the design is based around simplicity and portability. However, I was really disappointed by the clumsy way one particular feature, one which initially excited me, is implemented: time lapse video. While the camera will allow you to set up for time lapses of several hours, the battery is only rated for about 90 minutes.
Summary: I agree with the prior comments. In addition, I am disappointed that this device does not have an external microphone input. There is also no mention in the documentation of the "hyper-stabilization" that Samsung mentions in connection with this device, but if appears that this is not a function of the camcorder itself but might be an algorithmic processing function of the software once you transfer video from the camcorder into the computer.