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Samsung SCD6550 DuoCam MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom & 5MP Digital Camera (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Multi-functional video/still camera with two separate lenses
- 5-megapixel digital still camera with 3x optical zoom; 680,000-pixel video camcorder with 10x optical/900x digital zoom
- Saves digital still photos (JPEG) and MPEG-4 video to memory card
- USB 2.0 and Firewire (IEEE-1394) connectivity; S-Video and AV out
- Compatible with Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and SD/MMC cards
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 6 x 8 inches|
|Item Weight||4 pounds|
|Media Type||Mini DV|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||680,000 Pixels|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||4 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4|
Samsung seems to rule the camcorder kingdom by combining a fine MiniDV video digital camcorder with a 5 megapixel still camera into one compact device. This is certainly a must-have device for any family to use at home or on trips away from home. Still images reach a maximum resolution of 2592x1944 for making great prints or Internet image files. While videos are stored on popular MiniDV tapes, stills may be stored on your choice of memory card (it accepts MemoryStick - MemoryStick Pro - SD SecureDigital formats). There's also a USB port to facilitate still image transfer and an IEEE1394 Firewire port for rapid video transfer to your home computer (Windows or Macintosh). An 8-step camera function key (shutter, iris, manual, auto, night scene, custom set, MPEG rec., play, etc.) gives you several options for adjusting the camera's abilities. It's a powerful imaging tool that's remarkably easy to use and own. When weighing the choice of getting a camcorder or a digital-camera for you and your family, Samsung SC-D6550 means you don't have to make any compromises to have both in one compact unit. Digital Image Stabilization Easy-Q Button; EX Dial Navigator Minimum Visible Illuminations - 3 Lux (Video); 10 Lux (DigitalStill) Full Featured Manual Control Remote Control Included Multi-Card Slot (Multimedia, Secure Digital, Memory Stick Cards) Built-In Auto Flash for stills PictBridge Compatible - Make prints without necessarily using a computer MPEG-4 Videoclip (QVGA/30fps) USB Streaming (v2.0 for DSC) Color Viewfinder Built-in microphone + External MIC Connection for adding an optional microphone Shutter Speed - 1/60-1/10,000 (Video), 15-1/2,000 (Digital Still) Unit Dimensions - 2.38 W x 3.03 H x 4.92 D / Weight - About 1 pound Dual Volt Capable; USA plug provided
Bring together the best of both worlds with the Samsung SCD6550 DuoCam, which combines a 5-megapixel digital still camera with a MiniDV digital video camcorder (680,000-pixel CCD). This palm-sized camera uses two separate lens systems to record still photos and video and weighs just under 1 pound. It also features a built-in flash, both USB 2.0 and Firewire (IEEE-1394) connectivity, and a multi-format memory card slot that supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and SD/MMC cards.
The video camcorder portion of the SCD6550 DuoCam has a 10x optical zoom lens and 900x variable speed digital zoom, which is activated by automatic sensing of the amount of pressure applied to the zoom tab. Digital image stabilization minimizes video shake and vibration distortion. The Easy-Q feature helps you make easy shots under any condition. Other features include:
- Special video effects include art, mosaic, sepia, negative, mirror, black-and-white, emboss 1, emboss 2, pastel 1, pastel 2 and 16:9 wide mode; fade in/out for creative transitions
- Video white balance modes include auto, hold, indoor, and outdoor
- Programmed video auto exposure modes include auto, sports, portrait, spotlight, sand/snow, color nite, and high-speed shutter mode; manual focus
- Photo shooting modes include scene, program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, manual, movie, and continuous shooting mode; multi and spot metering
- Photo scene modes include night, portrait, children, landscape, close-up, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, and beach/snow
- Photo white balance modes include auto, glow lamp, halogen, fluorescent, cloudy, sunny, and manual to achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions
- Special photo effects include black-and-white, sepia, and negative for creative images
What's in the Box
Samsung SCD6550 DuoCam, Lithium-ion battery pack, AC adapter, remote control (with 2 lithium batteries), shoulder strap, multi-AV cable, lens cover, lens cover strap, printed instructions, CD-ROM with software and drivers
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a) the video showed untrue colors and came out rather dark----don't try to record indoors
b) didn't fit into my hand naturally and had to use two hands to navigate the menu and even the record button. NOT GOOD
c) didn't start up fast enough---I always missed the shot
d) the camera photos aren't of good quality
e) microphone not that great---you couldn't even hear people that were standing ten feet away from the camera.
f) if your laptop is over 3 years old, even if you've got Windows XP, don't expect the software to be compatible.
g) the zoom lens zoomed to fast at the movement of my finger. I'd lightly press the zoom button to one side and it zoomed too fast and it did the same for zooming out. I felt like I had to just manually zoom----ie. walk up closer to the subject
I honestly say stay away from the Samsung's and the Sony's aren't much better and they have a monopoly on the matching accessories, ie. only Sony products are compatible with the camcorder.
I finally bought a JVC and they are awesome----the take more light in, better acoustical recording, better zoom function, quicker start up, and lighter. You can even buy the cheapest model (which is pretty much what I've got) and the picture is great! My parents commented on how they thought I must have a camera like the News reporters, as it's the same quality.
Yes, if you want a very small and very high quality camera - then simple, buy a camera!
But for 2 in 1 this is the best on the market.
I took my one for first real use to Disney, Florida recently and it lived up to all expectations and was easy to carry, did all I asked and I came back with some very good shots (482) and a great deal of footage which is easy to play around with through my pc. 99% of shots of perfect and as good as my small canon SD400.
Yes, in a year or two I am sure something better will be around (as a previous reviewer says) but isnt there always???
Go for it.
The 5MP still camera function gave excellent results, both with flash and with natural light and outside. Shot for shot it produced either as good or better prints (4x6) than the Sony CyberShot.
Digital video is this unit's short coming. I did identical shots inside and outside with the Sony and Samsung. The Samsung's video quality was very poor, looked more like analog or standard 8mm quality. Inside, with natural room lighting, it was pretty much unacceptable. Outside, the shots lacked the crispiness of the Sony. I took it back, will keep the Sony's and hope that Sony comes out with a greater than 2 or 3 MP model soon.
NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY an electronic from AMAZON