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Samsung SC-D86

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Samsung SC-D86. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and battery. The portability and price also get good feedback. Many are critical about the image quality and usability.

price, portability, battery, reliability

usability, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SC-D86 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Samsung SC-D86 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price. The portability is also appreciated.

portability, price

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung SCD86 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD Display & 8 MB Memory Stick

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: (

Samsung SC-D86

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Good Camcorder for your money


Good Price and battery life

Low light focus

May, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Great Mini DV Camera


bought this camera after comparing with JVC, Sony and Sanyo. Had as many if not more features for less $$$ Great movies and stills also.

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: (



Man! I don't have much money so i went searching for weeks for a solid MiniDv to make my films on. This one fit for me--only problem is manual focus--its hard to use. But the NitPix, Digital effects and White Balance all work pretty well. For the price...

Feb, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Excellant camera for the average user


Has manay features that are found in cameras twice the price

Autofocus needs some refining.

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: R. Jenkins (



Features battery life

buttons can be confusing

Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Great deal - excellent product


Purchased this camcorder just before leaving on a cross-country trip. Worked great. Now hooked up with Firewire for DV and USB for DSC. Not the best DSC, but works well for quick snapshots.

Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: Tom D. (

Terrible picture quality


Battery life

Picture quality is beyond horrid

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: Nathan Snobelen (

Samsung SC-D86

Jan, 2003

Product Specifications

Samsung's compact, user-friendly digital camcorders offer an array of advanced video and audio features. Compact in size and easy to operate Samsung camcorders provide a top quality video image that is virtually unaffected by hand movements during recording. For quality, performance and reliability Samsung camcorders have no peers.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SCD

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.4-1.8
Max Focal Length:27mm
Min Focal Length:2.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:400
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Cinema / Emboss / Make-up / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD