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Samsung SC-D382

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the battery, and there are some critical comments about the memory and features.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, size

features, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SC-D382 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung SC-D382

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Samsung SC-D382 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, image quality, usability, portability, size

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung SC-D382 MiniDV CamcorderSamsung SCD382 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 34x Optical Zoom

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You get what you pay for

 

Bought this hoping the focusing on it could pan in on small text and have the text come in clearly. That works great. My two big concerns are a poor battery life and washed out video. For instance, if I were to point the camera at something that is...

Decent microphone, small, easy to use, good menu options

Video quality is washed out, does not pickup colors properly, No external Mic port, No USB port, Tape gets loaded from the BOTTOM of the camera, Battery life is HORRIBLE

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I wanted a camera to shoot YouTube videos with.

 

I am looking at Sanyo's Xacti CG10 (for the same price as this and it shoots 720p HD) to start a new YouTube account, IndeedVajay because I was extremely unhappy with this camera's quality. If you watch one of my YouTube videos, you will find black...

The zoom is great, the quality as well, but not if it is uploaded to YouTube. It plays crystal-clear through the A/V cable

The tape makes whirring sounds when it is turned on, and the quality on YouTube is unacceptable, check my videos at YouTube under the username Hect0rLag0. If you don't care about quality, it this is a great camera

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Great Camera for price.

 

This is a great camera for beginners or making family movies. If your into something more serious I would hope your price range is considerably larger and you wouldn't be considering purchasing anything like this. That's not to say its not a good...

It is cheap and easy to use. The battery has a long life with relatively little charge time. It has an impressive zoom and built in light for dark recording

This camera does seem to be missing some features like the usb connection port. It also has no ability to add titles to what you are recording. If they can give you negative or mirror effects why not titles. Does anyone use those aforementioned ones

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Overall good product

 

I had to return it wasn't able to use on my computer. I would have rather returne the computer LOL

Great value

You can't use the camcorder with your computer if you have VISTA

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Great Camera for price.

 

This is a great camera for beginners or making family movies. If your into something more serious I would hope your price range is considerably larger and you wouldn't be considering purchasing anything like this. That's not to say its not a good...

It is cheap and easy to use. The battery has a long life with relatively little charge time. It has an impressive zoom and built in light for dark recording

This camera does seem to be missing some features like the usb connection port. It also has no ability to add titles to what you are recording. If they can give you negative or mirror effects why not titles. Does anyone use those aforementioned ones

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I wanted a camera to shoot YouTube videos with.

 

I am looking at Sanyo's Xacti CG10 (for the same price as this and it shoots 720p HD) to start a new YouTube account, IndeedVajay because I was extremely unhappy with this camera's quality. If you watch one of my YouTube videos, you will find black...

The zoom is great, the quality as well, but not if it is uploaded to YouTube. It plays crystal-clear through the A/V cable

The tape makes whirring sounds when it is turned on, and the quality on YouTube is unacceptable, check my videos at YouTube under the username Hect0rLag0. If you don't care about quality, it this is a great camera

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For the price it is a great buy

 

this is a good buy overall, but I would still like to see some features. I wish there was a memory card for the camera option. Without it this features is worthless. You have 2 options for recording: Easy-Q or Normal. In normal mode you have to flip...

Great zoom, Steady image, 16:9 and 4:3, Light, size, PRICE

Only so-so in dark rooms, poor menus, no SD card, Lens cap

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You get what you pay for

 

Bought this hoping the focusing on it could pan in on small text and have the text come in clearly. That works great. My two big concerns are a poor battery life and washed out video. For instance, if I were to point the camera at something that is...

Decent microphone, small, easy to use, good menu options

Video quality is washed out, does not pickup colors properly, No external Mic port, No USB port, Tape gets loaded from the BOTTOM of the camera, Battery life is HORRIBLE

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Great value for price

 

Does anyone buy a camcorder for the fire wire port??? The mini dvd format is amazingly convenient and you can simply take the dvd out and pop it in your dvd player once you finish recording. Oh it also has a built in USB port sooooooo what do you need...

Compact design and features of most other cameras in the $250 range. Has a nice feel to it and will not flop over in your hand like other camcorders tend to

Built in light only works in 4:3 mode. 16:9 mode only compatible with mini dvd media. Battery will discharge even when powered off requiring you to take the battery out and potentially lose it

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defective product

 

it would have been nice to use the firewire port to get the videos off the camcorder under moviemaker as well as other programs but alass the firewire port is eather disabled or dead. CALLED tech-support they told me to buy another firewire cable so i...

nice CHEAP camcorder great for filming events that happen if you can get them off the camera ; (see cons and other thoughts)

no usb on my model ; no sd card slot ; firewire port not working

Product Specifications

Put easy-to-shoot videos in the palm of your hand. A compact, handheld design makes it simple to point and shoot. Capture all your adventures right onto MiniDV - up to 60 minutes of storage. Grab great shots even at a distance with a 34X zoom lens. 680K pixel CCD delivers bright, bold images. The digital image stabilizer ensures a clear and focused picture. And 80 minutes of battery life ensures you'll never miss the shot.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.7in
Weight:12oz
Width:2.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:SC-D382
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6/F/1.6-4.3
Max Focal Length:78.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:34
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Zoom:1200
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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