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Samsung SC-DX103 DVD Camcorder

by Samsung
40 customer reviews

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  • DVD Camcorder w/ 2.7"W LCD Viewfinder
  • 680K Pixel CCD
  • Swivel Group
  • Shneider Lens, Digital Image Stablizer
  • Hidden 60 minute Battery
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Product Description

Product Description

Samsung DVD Camcorder w/680K Pixel CCD and Swivel Grip

From the Manufacturer

Zoom in on your subjects without moving an inch. The powerful 34x optical zoom lets you shoot even the farthest objects and still get high quality images. A 680K pixel CCD produces crystal-clear, remarkably detailed images that are easily captured with the digital image stabilizer. Blur caused by unsteady hands, is now a thing of the past. What you see is what you get with the SC-DX103 DVD camcorder. Your homemade movies never looked this good!

Samsung SC-DX103 Highlights

680K pixel video CCD Get bright, bold images in high resolution with a 680K pixel CCD. Better than conventional camcorders, the SAMSUNG SC-DX103 has digital quality, which offers superior color and amazing details.

Samsung SC-DX103 Highlights
SD/MMC card slot Enjoy more storage and flexibility. The SC-DX103 memory card slot offers you the option of using an SD card, or MMC as a flash memory card to record still images or movie clips.

720 x 480 pixel movie resolution A 720 x 480 pixel resolution will create crisp, crystal-clear images that are more lifelike than ever before.

Digital image stabilizer Eliminate blur with the digital image stabilizer. It minimizes unwanted picture shaking caused by hand movement during recording.

Samsung SC-DX103 Highlights
Capture visions farther than the eye can see Samsung's powerful 34x optical zoom lens bring the world closer without sacrificing image quality.

2.7-inch LCD viewfinder With the 2.7-inch wide LCD, you don't have to miss anything. Using a 16:9 wide-screen format, the 2.7-inch wide LCD enables you to catch more of the action and ensures that the entire image is recorded. Once your movies are captured in widescreen format, you can enjoy watching them without having to lose any of the images on your HDTV screen.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 5.9 x 4.7 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0014GUBJO
  • Item model number: SC-DX103
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,972 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 20, 2008

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Leflweuch Wausseux on July 14, 2008
I got the Samsung DigitalCam SC-DX103 from retail for $277 (without tax) to record my brother play the piano @ the Manchester Music School. There was a $680 Sony HandyCam with the Dolby 5.1 surround sound and really high quality video recording, but I didn't want to pay $400 extra & I doubted if the sound quality (my DigitalCam has Dolby Stereo sound) would be significantly better on the Sony Handycam because most of the costs would go to the video quality & not audio. So, for my purpose of recording a concert, I thought that this should suffice.

It did - there was a bit of booming in the sound quality when I recorded myself playing piano but it wouldn't matter. At first, I thought that the camcorder might actually be terrible buy - because after I made several test tries I played the videos from the camcorder & the sound was awful. Actually, the camcorder's speakers are mediocre & they sound terrible when they play the piano recording, but the actual recording's audio is not bad --> if you play the recording from a computer or a tv it should be fine.

The video quality was okay. In fact, the camcorder's software would make the recording really crisp & clear, but the only thing that made the whole thing "ok" was the smaller resolution of the recording--> doesn't look necessarily crisp on a tv. the video was fine in all circumstances except in really dark environments. then everything would turn unpleasantly gray. there's a c. nite function - which i haven't used but i looked up & i think it's a special mode for dark situations.

the lcd has backlight function which, according to wikipedia, increases readability in low light conditions.

it also has wind cut function if you want to cancel out of noises caused by heavy winds.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J.Buckley on September 21, 2008
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Maybe I'm asking too much for a $250 product, but I feel a little misled. In addition to the MiniDVD record capability it has a flash memory where you can take video and pictures too. The product came out this year, so I thought I could use a couple larger flash memory cards and mainly record video that route. Once I get this, I learn it only takes 2GB cards (no SDHC). So I buy 4 2GB cards and a 3pack of MiniDVDs, figuring I'd just use flash memory and that would be easy enough for most of my recording. The first time I put in an SD card and see that the screen switches from 16:9 to 4:3 on me. I discover that it only records 4:3 on SD. And I learn that it records in MPEG4 for SD memory (versus MPEG2 on the DVDs). I understand their MPEG4 has proprietary codecs, etc. I tried importing video into Sony Vegas, but found it would not read the format off of the MiniDVD. I tried re-ripping the DVD using DVD Decrypter, but that still did not work as once I dragged the video file into Vegas, I got only video (no audio). Also, in general I found the use of the MiniDVD's on this Samsung to be not very attractive. Like many users, I pause when recording. When viewing the recorded DVD, each pause at the end of a segment would show as a frozen image for 2-3 seconds before moving to the next scene, which is very annoying compared to using tapes to record to. Thanks to Amazon's generous return policy, I'm not at a loss. Am seriously considering going the High Def route, as it seems many of those products have less problems (based on reviews here) for someone like me who wants to be able to do some editing of the video I shoot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 27, 2008
For starters...I'm Rick's 13-year-old daughter. I recieved the Samsung SC-DX103 for Christmas. The instruction manual said it came with a diskette, however I did not recieve one. My uncle got the same camera--again with no diskette. That was OK since I'm not terribly excited with diskettes anyway. I prefer SD cards. A 2GB card holds 143 minutes of normal-quality video--better than an hour with the Flip Ultra. I prefer swapable memory cards over disk space.

The zoom is great (a big step up from the 2x optical zoom I had when I had the Flip Ultra which suddenly stopped working), the only problem is holding the camera steady at high zoom. The still pictures are nice, and the video is decent quality. However, the camera doesn't do so well in dim light.

One thing that really does suck is battery life. The first time I charged it, it charged so quickly--about 20 minutes. I was impressed and thought it would have a good battery life since it was all-digital. I was terribly wrong though. The battery only lasts as long as it's charged for, maybe a little longer. Maybe it's a defective battery pack. I don't know.

Overall, it's a good little camera with decent quality. Do some research before buying is all I suggest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2009
I made a HUGE mistake buying this camcorder. Let me preface by saying I did not get it at Amazon, but a "box" store, and could not return it, even though it was only 32 days old. The two year warranty was only for AFTER the manufactures warranty, and Samsung only warranties for defect and repair, they will NOT replace or refund anything.

That said. The worst part of this Cam. was the loss of video for not using the "specific" mini-dvd-rw's the manual recommends. You can NOT use just any brand of mini-DVD in this camera, or you could cause 'data loss, and the disk could become jammed in the disk slot. All of this information was "conviently" located in the manual in fine print under the 5th bullet of DVD Disk types / functions, nothing on the box suggests these potential problems. IF you buy this camera only use TDK, MKM, or Verbatim disks specifically for Video cameras. If you don't....

Our first use of this camcorder was a two week trip to New York and Canada's Niagra Falls. This is a once in a lifetime trip for my husband and I and we purchased this camcorder specifically for this trip. Initally, it was excellent. The video quality was what we expected for the $$ we spent, and it was very easy to use. After recording approx. 10-15 min. the cam. gave us a black screen of death and said disk error. Fine, as we brought two diff. types of DVD-RW's - two diff. brands sold by the same store we bought the camera in...and were told it would work with our camera. Each and every DVD ended up having disk errors and by the time we got home and were able to check what was recorded PRIOR to the errors, realized that NOTHING was there. The disk errors remained and we LOST our entire trip...mind you, this was 10 disks worth of filming our trip. All due to disk error.
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