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Samsung HMX-U10 HD Camcorder: 1st Review, Photos, Videos

Samsung HMX-U10 HD Camcorder: 1st Review, Photos, Videos

Red Samsung HMX-U10 HD Ultra Compact CamcorderI recently purchased an ultra compact HD camcorder by Samsung from and Loreena Yeo left a comment for me, asking if I had made any videos using it I'd like to thank her for being the inspiration of this blog post!


  • Size - It's the perfect size for a handheld camcorder (2.2" W x 4.06" H x 0.61" D).
  • Weight - At 3.4 ounces, it's so much lighter than my digital camera!
  • Color - I love red! This one's best described as a matte metallic jewel-tone ruby red.
  • Video Quality - Wow...after taking digital camera quality videos, this is a HUGE improvement!!! If you'd like to compare the quality, just visit my YouTube Channel and watch my previous (non-HD) videos. Ugh! :)


  • No flash - I still haven't tested the video in low light conditions (camcorders typically don't come with flash anyway), but the low light photos came out better than I expected!
  • No zoom - When you take HD video in the highest resolution/setting, there is no zoom available. I haven't tried the lower settings yet.


  • Photo quality - Although the photos seem to be better quality than my iPhone photos, I don't think they're as good as those I take with my digital camera. In all fairness, I should take the same photo with all three devices before I make a decision! Here are a couple I took on a cloudy day almost at sundown:

Samsung HD Camcorder Photo

Samsung HD Camcorder Photo

Here are a couple videos I took as well in the same conditions and highest settings with no zoom, unedited:

Since Costco has a 90-day return policy on their electronics, I will continue to use this Samsung HD camcorder and see if it's something I want to keep. I probably will, based on the fact that it's extremely portable, takes clear videos (the slight choppiness I noticed may be videographer error?) and for the low $100's I think it's just worth keeping for being able to take short video clips and share them on YouTube.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsBob & Leilani Souza • December 21 2009 03:41AM


Thanks for sharing this information with us today.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 8 years ago
Leilani - Thanks so much for this wonderful review. I was at our local electronic store yesterday and was deeply disappointed that I didn't get to test any of these HD camcorders. I'm comparing this Samsung U10 to Kodak Zi8. Then again, I also have my own digital camera - Canon SD1200IS to just use. Thanks again for the review.
Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

You're welcome, Harry! :)

Thank you and I appreciate your inspiration, Loreena! I'm also usually hesitant about buying electronics without testing them first, but with Costco's hassle-free 90-day return policy, it puts me at ease to buy something and test it out before I decide to keep it. Like I said, the video quality is superior to my digital camera that also does video. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 8 years ago

Leilani, With a 90 day return policy you can test to your hearts delight! I think you may have found a winner, for the money that is. Lugging around a heavier item many times just doesn't work. I thought the video quality was very acceptable!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

I agree, Andrea...those are exactly the reasons why I think I will probably end up keeping this camcorder! :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 8 years ago

Hi Bob and Leilani,

That was very interesting and I had not seen that new small video camera. I have a Flip and it is just OK for fast on the run  but I think I will be investing in something more suitable. The SLR camera Nikon D-90 or the D-5000 have a capacity for short videos at very high quality and I would likey move in that direction. Sure thank you for a sharing this with the group.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 8 years ago

Thanks for talking camera,'s always nice to know what the pros are looking at! :)


P.S. I posted a new blog post with photos taken with my 3 cameras. I'm asking readers to rank the photos in order of quality:

Poll - Rank These 3 Photos From Best To Worst (Battle of the Cameras)

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 8 years ago
I think that was a good video, I am concerned with battery life, stabilization, sound, and lighting. I am thinking about a sony. I will blog a few videos when I get it. -Ingrid
Posted by Ingrid Laine, Sr. Loan Officer, Manager (Embrace Home Loans) over 8 years ago

Thanks for your comment, Ingrid! The battery life on the Samsung has been absolutely impressive. I've gone 2-3 weeks without a charge and I actually have to remind myself to charge it because so far, I haven't exhausted its battery. :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) about 8 years ago

Still happy with your camera?  Do you use a tripod?

Posted by Marcia Kramarz, CDPE,LMC,CBR (Re/Max Executive Realty) about 8 years ago

Marcia, I still like it for videos (and being so lightweight with an amazing battery life) but have found that I use my "other" digital camera to take photos because it lets you hold the camera and take photos the "normal" way with your forefinger. The Samsung requires you to use your thumb to snap a photo and I never got comfortable with that. Haven't used a tripod yet, but I should unless I'm just shooting a video for fun. :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 8 years ago

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