The Samsung U10 pocket camcorder has been replaced by the U15 with image stabilization, and the new U20 adds 3X optical zoom and auto-focus.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.