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Samsung SCM105 MPEG4 Sports Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 6-in-1 Features
- Shoots video and digital stills
- Portable MP3 player
- Portable data storage device
- Webcam and voicerecorder
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|Item Dimensions||4.1 x 5.8 x 6.9 inches|
|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||680,000 Pixels|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||4 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4|
Here's a digital camcorder that uses no tapes. Instead there's 512MB of internal memory and a slot for a MemoryStick Pro card adding more memory for storage use. A built-in USB port allows up/download of MP3 audio files and MP4 video files. Get the ability to perform many convenient functions with your SC-M105S. With superior camera features and built-in memory, as well as MP3 capability, you can lighten your load while touring or hiking and have all the needed functions to make your day more enjoyable right at your fingertips. 2-Inch 211,000 Pixel LCD Viewer PictBridge technology enables you to connect the camcorder directly to any printer which supports PictBridge standard via a USB cable 3 Lux light sensitivity Easy data transfer to Windows PC or Macintosh computer Unit Dimensions - 2.31(W) x 3.65(H) x 1.15(D) / Weight - 0.32 lbs (about 5 ounces)
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer Samsung SCM105Imagine having a camcorder that can be likened to a "Swiss army knife". A camcorder that does almost everything from taking movie clips and quality still pictures, playing your favorite music, and storing important data. This was like a dream in the past but don't be surprised to face "Dream-come-true" moments thanks to the digital video industry leader, Samsung Electronics.
Design and Layout
The new SCM105 MPEG4 is as small and light as a cigarette pack, and can slip into most pants pockets. It's curvaceous, diet-slim sized and silk-shiny. Contructed from metal and ABS applied material, it not only looks sleek and elegant but also feels surprisingly solid and durable. Get this true gadget that has a built-in memory chip in the set and indulge yourself in full entertainment.
Features and Performance
The features of the SCM105 are beyond what you'd expect of a multi-functional digital device. It has camcorder, still camera, MP3 player, voice recorder, storage functions and a PC camera function in one, plus it comes with a ready-built-in memory chip and a memory stick pro slot for additional memory capacity. This state of the art device also targets those movie clip freaks who seek camcorders that embody high quality MPEG4.
|1. Digital Video Camcorder |
|2. Digital Still Camera ||3. MP3 Player |
|4. Voice Recorder ||5. Data Storage |
|6. Web Cam |
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I notified customer service but they haven't changed it yet. This camera is silver not matt black. I tried it out and found the video a little blurry. I would probably wait for an updated version. I have found better quality MPEG video on the little Sony T33 cybercam. I like the smaller size of flash based video cameras but you don't get much full quality video on a 512MB card. Even 1G wouldn't be enough to take on a vacation without bringing a laptop or external storage system with you.
Still pics are limited to 1.2 Megapixel resolution. (Xacti's are 3.2, 4, and 5)
The available formats do not let you record the highest quality MPEGs (capable) to the external Memory Stick Pro. So, you can only get close to DVD quality for about 10 minutes on the internal memory (around 495MB). As well, the external memory is limited in size to 1GB. (Not so with the Sanyo Xacti which will take MPEG4 on up to 4GB SD Cards for about 2 hours and 20 minutes of near DVD quality video.)
Further, the buttons are way too small. You have to have childlike fingers and great dexterity to coordinate your movie making experience. The normal hand-hold position blocks the flash port... a major design flaw. (Xacti buttons are handy and intuitive in layout. The flash is properly positioned.)
Last but not least, the video format of the AVI's is an oddball version that Windows MediaPlayer doesn't like. A software work-around is provided that is like going behind your back to scratch your elbow.
You MAY use the Samsung for an MP3 player. But, it's a lot smarter to have a cheaper separate MP3 player that will withstand a bit of abuse than to have it embodied in a camcorder that costs at least $400. Convenient perhaps, but dumb.
A good feature is the 10X optical zoom combined with the anti-shake. This does make for good video on the limited internal memeory. (Xactis of the 4 & 5 Megapixel resolution have the anti-shake technology with 5.8X optical zoom.)
It's nice to have MP3 capability but you don't want to waste the battery and cut into shooting time by listening to mp3s. Also, you HAVE TO use the bundles software for editing, you cannot use programs like VirtualDub. The given software is not the best, however it does suffice for basic tasks such as cutting and joining and there are actually many advanced features you can use as well.
Overall I'm happy with the intuitive layout of the functions on the CAM, compact size, and the fact that it saves on memory stick since I have a Sony computer and the stick goes directly into the memory slot. Software could definitely be improved to make it easier to use however.
The MPEG4 quality of this camera is below that, and I was expecting better. Even on the highest quality setting, video quailty is still poor. It also has problems obtaining and maintaining focus when the subjects are moving around.
Another problem is ergonomics. It's way to easy to get your finger in front of the lens. The zoom switch seems to be located conveniently, but when you press it you inevitably have to stretch and the camera moves around on you. I guess that is a price you pay for such a small camera.
I also could not get it to work with one of my computers to transfer the files over USB. It did work with two others however.
With the internal 512MB, you get about 12 minutes of highest quality video (if you can call it that). You will want memory sticks to expand your recording capability. They're not cheap, but unlike tapes you will re-use them after you dump the files.
The manual says the battery should last 60 minutes at a minimum. I only charged it once, and it drained in less than half that. Of course by then, I had filled up the internal memory anyway. I looked for spare batteries, but they don't seem to be available yet.
Another gotcha it will not work with memory sticks over 1GB. I didn't find out about this until I read the manual. The manual says it "may" not work which I take to mean don't call us about it. I had ordered a 2GB memory stick, and now it's going back too.
I'm going to wait for the 3CCD JVC Everio.