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Samsung SCD103 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

by Samsung
34 customer reviews

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  • Sleek, compact MiniDV camcorder and digital still camera with 680,000 CCD
  • 18x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 900x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, built-in video light, Memory Stick slot, and MPEG-4 recording
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 2 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

Record broadcast quality video with this compact Samsung 2.5 LCD Mini-DV camcorder using the Mini-DV format. Also compatible with MPEG4 and JPEG, the SC-D103 captures rich, true-to-life color while being highly portable and the 2.5 color LCD gives you ample space to see exactly what you're shooting. Features: sleek, compact design; 18x optical and 900x digital zoom; multi-OSD languages; digital image stabilization (DIS); 680K pixel CCD; B&W viewfinder; color slow shutter; power nite pix; video light; Easy-Q button for simplified operations; and flash memory stick slot.

From the Manufacturer

The next generation of Samsung digital video has arrived with the SCD103. This MiniDV camcorder has all the right features that will please the avid camcorder fan, and is simple enough for the novice. Its sleek and compact design allows it to go anywhere you go without taking up much space.

18x optical and 900x digital zoom, is perfect for recording crystal clear, high quality video from great distances. Its 680,000 CCD captures stunning, true-to-life color without compromising the size of the camcorder, and the 2.5 inch color LCD lets you see exactly what you are shooting without peering into a small viewfinder.

Features for this camera include, a standard video light to use when the amount of light is low, Power Nite Pix for shooting in low-light situations when a light source is unavailable, Digital Image Stabilization to combat shakey situations, and an expansion Memory Stick slot.

The MPEG4 and JPEG formats allow for easy downloading into your PC. This is done quickly using either the IEEE1394 firewire port or the USB port. The Samsung SCD103 is a great companion to anyone interested in recording digital video with ease.

The MiniDV Format
MiniDV, the most common type of digital camcorder, records video using the standard DV-format. It's the preferred format for broadcast-quality video, and it is also highly regarded for its high audio and still image quality. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. Tapes come in lengths of 60 and 80 minutes at standard speed (SP), with use of lower speed mode (SP) increasing time to 90 and 120 minutes while reducing resolution.


Product Details

Product Manual [4.33mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 3.4 x 5.9 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0001DRRUM
  • Item model number: SC-D103
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,871 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2004

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Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
For this price, you can't go wrong, especially if you're really into video editing using your computer. Just make sure you've got firewire access, and you should be set. Still pictures aren't very good however (I think the digital picture resolution is 680,000 pixels max) but if you just save a still frame onto the memory stick while playing back video, the resolution isn't a problem. Overall, this is a perfect camera for the beginner (incredibly easy menus) or someone on a tight budget.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christy on September 27, 2004
At the start of our vacation this year our camcorder was stolen! We picked up this Samsung at a local Costco one day before arriving at Yellowstone National Park for a once in a lifetime trip.

My husband took movies all day and we did not have to recharge the battery (although we are getting a backup). The pictures were great! Although, we did see them on 3 different screens and each one the quality of the movies were different. On the large (60") screen they did look grainy but on a 32" they looked great. And we were glad that we had purchased it.

The only reason that I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I have not been able to hook it up to my computer via the USB cable and am online to order the other one. If all goes well I will readjust the stars!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Magician on June 1, 2004
I had a very low budget and a newborn... (you do the math!)
I did my research and finally, I got it.
The features I love:
- Can be used as webcam! I don't understand why they don't promote this feature. In fact, I went to Best Buy to see it and they had no idea about this capability.
- Very light.
- Resolution... it's ok. It's just for family memories... not to broadcast the SuperBowl in HD!!!
- Built-in light.
- Memory stick.
- Night PIX
- Good audio! Nice mic. Really.
- A/V connectors in several flavors.
Things I don't like too much but I can live with:
- Very low resolution in snapshots.
- Included battery lasts... nothing.
- The cover of the A/V connectors is very weak. Any bad movement... and It's broken.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Madison's Dad on December 28, 2004
I bought this camcorder because we were on a budget just having a new baby and wanting to record some video of her growing up. I first was scared because I didn't think the quality would be that good after it was uploaded to the internet. To my suprise the quality was phenominal!!! This is a great camera for starters. I live in Houston and it snowed here on Christmas eve so I went out side and used the light and then I used the night vision to take pictures of the snow falling and let me say I was amazed at the quality. The only complaint I have is that the stabilazation is not that great but then again I was using myself as the trypod so can't really complain. Practice will make perfect.

Also the camera comes with all the software and the s-cable, audio/video cables to hook up to the tv as well as a usb cable to connect to the computer and upload. You can use firewire also to transfer data but have to pay extra for the cable 20 something dollars.

I hope that this is is helpful.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill Justesen on October 11, 2005
When this digital camcorder works, it records a nice picture and captures a lot of sound. It has, however, some major drawbacks.

Our first main gripe is the substandard battery. We've charged it overnight and then would unplug thinking it was fully charged. After one week we'd grab the camcorder and head out the door to capture a magical moment...only to find the battery completely dead.

After our third use, the camcorder now has some type of 'mechanical defect' as the manufacturer's manual calls it. The warranty is recently expired and so we're still debating whether to repair this item or just get another more reliable brand.

If you decide purchase this camcorder, be sure to get extra batteries and always keep one on the charger. Hopefully you'll get more use out of yours than we did ours.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2004
Just bought this camcorder after A LOT of research...and couldn't be happier. It is very simple to use, and the manual is an easy read. The still pics are a little grainy...but we don't plan to use it for that purpose. The microphone picks up wonderful sound and the movie images are crisp and clean. Be careful, there is no memory stick included for still pictures, so you need to buy it. We have had no problems with the battery, although we will buy another one to have on hand for vacations, etc. If you're looking for a great camera, at a great price, this has it all!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
Not only did this camera exceed my expectations, but after shopping around, got it for a great price. The zoom and DIS are excellent, and the power nite pix is really cool. Pictures onto the memory stick aren't anything special, but I wasn't buying a camcorder to take pictures anyway. The size is very manageable, and hooking it up via the USB was a snap. The menus become easy to use after you get use to them, and some of the 'quick' buttons let you access functions even faster. The cassette insertion is actually pretty neat, and assuming you're not retarded, you shouldn't have a problem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Thurgood on May 10, 2005
I purchased this camera a little over a year ago. A few days after the one month warranty it broke, it recorded and played everything with lines in it. We sent it to samsung to be repaired and they sent us a refurbished camera that had problems rewinding. Then they sent us a refurbished camera that wouldn't focus, then one that wouldn't record and now one that won't turn off.

The camera's all arrived to my house broken!!!

We have had the camera for a little over a year and it has been at Samsung's repair facility more than it has been in our home. I will never again buy a Samsung product!
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