Samsung Intros New Ultra-Compact Camcorders at PMA 2010

Posted by at 11:45 pm on February 21, 2010


Samsung is introducing several new digital imaging products at the PMA 2010 trade show in Anaheim CA this week.   Among of the most interesting are the extension its family of ultra-compact camcorders with the introduction of two new models, the HMX-U20 and the HMX-U15.   Successors 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, designed to make it easier than ever to not only record, but share full HD video.

The HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 come fully equipped with high-performing 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensors which help capture 1920×1080 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, you can capture 10 mega-pixel digital still images, while the HMX-U15 shoots 14 mega-pixel digital still images. This digital still capability is meant to eliminate the need for you to carry a separate digital camera. Instead, putting everything you’ll need 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. With the new camcorders you can also get creative with their video thanks to fun and unique features such as time lapse recording,allowing you 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.

The HMX-U20’s and HMX-U15’s built-in, swing-out style USB connection makes it so that you don’t always have to 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,so you can enjoy full HD video playback on your HDTV.

The HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 also feature Samsung’s play edit sharing program, called intelli studio. This program turns any computer into a mobile studio, with the ability to edit and play 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 to make the camcorders more comfortable to hold,The Samsung HMX-U20 and HMX-U15 are portable with dimensions of just 2.1″ x .61″ x 4.09″. The camcorders’ bodies are angled at seven degrees which encourages a more natural grip reducing overall stress on your wrist and arm.   Both camcorders come in four different colors; black, silver, blue and red.   They will be available in spring 2010 for the list price of $249.99.

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