Samsung SCD103 Mini-DV Camcorder
|Samsung SCD103 Mini-DV Camcorder|
|Close Look at the Camera|
|LCD and Menu|
|Software, Testing and Conclusion|
Samsung has thrown me a curve as far as the "normal" hardware I get to review. This time around I received the SCD103 Mini-DV Camcorder. This model is located in their "Handy & Easy" category on their Mini-DV Camcorder page. This being said, it should be pretty handy and easy to use. We'll see. I have had this camcorder for over a month, and compared it subjectively to my Sony Mini-DV camcorder. Although you will not be seeing direct comparisons, I will use the Sony as reference. To see if this is truely "Handy & Easy", I let my boss' wife use the camcorder around the farm for a few hours. She is in her mid-70's, and yes, she figured it out - it's that easy to use.
Enough of the blather, let's take a look at some features and specs of this beauty.
Optical 18x Zoom
1/6", 680K Pixel CCD
2.5" TFT Color LCD
Digital Image Stabilizer
Memory Stick Slot
Built-in Digital Camera
MPEG4 Movie Clip
Multi Language Display
Digital PCM Stereo Audio
IEEE 1394 in/out
The Samsung SCD103 comes with everything you may expect, but a little less than you'd hope for. It ships with an analog audio/video cable, mini-usb to usb cable, power adapter and cord, neckstrap, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, software cd and manuals. What is missing in this package - and in most camcorder packages unfortunately, is the firewire cable. With the included cable, you have to use compression to get your video on your computer. You ruin the awesome quality of Mini-DV. If you pick up this camera to capture movies to your computer to burn DVD's, make sure that you pick up a firewire cable before you come home.
On the next page, we'll take a closer look at the camera itself.