Samsung HMX-U20 and U15 Full HD point-&-shoot camcorders

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It's not all still cameras in Samsung's PMA 2010 range; the company have also brought along a pair of new ultra-compact HD camcorders, the HMX-U20 and HMX-U15.  Both support 1920 x 1080 Full HD video recording, and have integrated HDMI and USB connectivity; the U15 can also shoot 8- and 10-megapixel stills and has auto-focus, while the U20 can grab 14-megapixel stills and has a 3x optical zoom.

Each uses digital image stabilization and has a distinctive "seven degree" angled grip which apparently is more comfortable for longer periods of recording.  Samsung's own intelli-studio 2.0 editing and processing software is stored on-board the camcorder itself, ready to be booted up whenever it's plugged into a USB port.

Both measure 4.09 x 2.1 x 0.61 inches and have 2-inch LCD preview displays.  As well as regular filming, they can be set to shoot images every 1, 5, 10 or 30 seconds.  Both will be available in spring this year, priced at $229.99 for the U15 and $249.99 for the U20.

Press Release:


HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 Offer Full HD Video, Built-in USB and HDMI Connectivity

Anaheim, CA (February 20, 2010) – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today extended its family of ultra-compact camcorders with the introduction of two new models, the HMX-U20 and the HMX-U15. Building on the success of the Samsung HMX-U10, the new HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 bring new features and functionality to Samsung's ultra-compact camcorder family, such as a built-in USB connection, which now makes it easier than ever to not only record, but share full HD video with others. Adding even more, the new HMX-U20 now puts a true 3x optical zoom in the palm of consumers' hands, allowing for additional creativity when recording life's special memories. Both the HMX-U20 and HMX U15 will be on display during PMA 2010, February 21-23, in the Samsung booth, #2227, in the Anaheim Convention Center.

"Thanks to consumers' demand for portability and ease-of-use, the ultra-compact camcorder category has exploded in growth," said Mr. SangRyong Kim, Senior Vice President of Camcorder Team, Samsung Electronics. "The new HMX U20 and HMX-U15 offer not only portability and ease-of-use but also a number of versatile features like time-lapse recording that allow users to easily capture and share life's important moments the way they see them."

High-Quality Video and Digital Stills

The HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 come fully equipped with high-performing 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensors which help capture stunning, 1920x1080 full HD resolution video (30p / H.264). In addition, the ultra compact HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 also boast impressive digital still image capability. With the HMX U20, consumers can capture 10 mega-pixel digital still images, while the HMX-U15 shoots 14 mega-pixel digital still images. This impressive digital still capability eliminates the need for consumers to carry a separate digital camera as everything they'll need is in one, ultra-compact device. The camcorders also include Hyper Digital Image Stabilization to help produce blur-free video and the HMX U20 adds even more versatility with a true 3x optical zoom. Consumers can also get creative with their video thanks to fun and unique features such as time lapse recording, which allows users to program the camcorder to record at a pre-set interval of one image every one, five, 10 or 30 seconds. Time lapse recording is especially useful for condensing extremely long events, such as rolling clouds on a sunny day, into a short, easy to-view video.

Easy Connectivity

The HMX-U20's and HMX-U15's built-in, swing-out style USB connection gives users the ability to forego having to always carry a separate USB cable to connect and upload footage to a computer. The built-in USB connection can also recharge the camcorder's battery, eliminating the need to transport a separate charger while on-the-go. Furthermore, the HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 offer HDMI connectivity, allowing consumers to enjoy their full HD video on their HDTV.

The HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 also feature Samsung's play edit sharing program, called intelli studio. This intuitive program allows consumers to turn any computer into a mobile studio, giving them the ability to edit and play their video without having to install supporting software. Sharing is also simplified thanks to a one-touch "upload" button on the HMX-U20 and HMX-U15. When connected to a computer with an internet connection, the one-touch "upload" button links directly to popular destinations such as YouTube™, reducing the number of steps needed to upload footage to content sharing Web sites.

Designed for Portability and Comfort

The Samsung HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 are extremely portable with dimensions of just 2.1" x .61" x 4.09". In addition to their compact size, the HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 are also highlighted by a unique design that's as ergonomic as it is stylish. Designed to make the camcorders more comfortable to hold, the camcorders' bodies are angled at seven degrees which encourages a more natural grip reducing overall stress on the user's wrist and arm.