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Old Mar 14, 2010, 7:20 PM   #1
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Default Samsung U20 pocket cam with 3X optical zoom

The Samsung U10 pocket camcorder has been replaced by the U15 with image stabilization, and the new U20 adds 3X optical zoom and auto-focus. Both have built-in stereo microphones, but no external mic input.


Samsung HMX-U20 and HMX-U15: Look Out, Flip

Also coming in the Spring are two new pocket camcorders, both of which record 1080p high-definition video (H.264) at 30 frames per second. The Samsung HMX-U20 also offers a 3x optical zoom lens—a feature you rarely see on a pocket camcorder—and the ability to shoot 10-megapixel still images.

The slightly lower-end HMX-U15 lacks the optical zoom lens, but adds the ability to take 14-megapixel photos. The camcorders also have stereo mics on the front of their faceplates to record audio.

Both camcorders offer flip-out USB connectors and one-touch uploads to YouTube, as well as HDMI-out ports, SD/SDHC storage slots, digital image stabilization, and an angled grip that Samsung says reduces arm strain while shooting footage.

The U20 and U15 boast a time-lapse recording feature that lets the shooter combine several shots snapped at a fixed interval to create an instant time-lapse video. The 3x optical zoom U20 will sell for $250, while the U15 will cost $230.
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Old Mar 14, 2010, 7:29 PM   #2
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First U20 test video doesn't look too good. It doesn't focus on close up objects, and the autofocus motor(?) makes loud clicking noises in the audio.

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