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Samsung SC-DC164

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the size and design are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the memory and image quality are different, while many are less positive about the viewfinder and features.

usability, price, portability, design, size

battery, reliability, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SC-DC164 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung SC-DC164

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Samsung SC-DC164 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, price, portability, image quality, design

battery, reliability, features

50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung DC164 DVD Camcorder with 33x Optical Zoom

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Quick Camcorder Review: Samsung SC-DC164

Good manual control feature set, - Strong specs on paper, - Can be found for much less than MSRP on the street, - Mic input and lots of jacks

Lackluster video and still photo performance, - Awkward handling and a poorly designed joystick, - Overall, poorly implemented controls despite good specs on paper

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Samsung SC-DC164 Camcorder Review

 

The SC-DC164 ($449 MSRP) is Samsung's entry-level DVD camcorder, and it looks every bit the part. This is a bottom-end model from a fifth-tier camcorder company (though pecking orders do change). DVD camcorders are a rapidly expanding market, and the...

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Expert Review

 

Now to cut through the crap and get down to the nitty-gritty, would I recommend this DVD camcorder to the everyday consumer? The answer is yes if you are not planning on recording in low light conditions or require decent battery life. Every other...

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Samsung SC-DC164

 

At 3000 lux, the DC164's most noticeable feature is its lack of apparent sharpness. The picture looks fuzzy and just makes a mess of the fine detail that most camcorders are able to obtain. Color performance is surprisingly decent, which is likely a...

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EVEN MY KIDS CAN USE IT..

 

PICTURE IS GREAT , EASY TO OPERATE, ZOOM FUNCTION IS ALSO WONDERFUL AND CLEAR

WISH THE BATTERY WOULD LAST LONGER

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Samsung must take responsibility for it's product.

 

I used to believe in Samsung's products before. My washing machine, television sets, celular phone, refrigerator were Samsung. I never have any problem with them. That's why I decided to choose Samsung when I needed a camcorder.

Nothing beneficial - after knowing fatal failure of the product

Cannot finalize discs. My precious memories are gone

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Samsung must take responsibility for it's product.

 

I used to believe in Samsung's products before. My washing machine, television sets, celular phone, refrigerator were Samsung. I never have any problem with them. That's why I decided to choose Samsung when I needed a camcorder. I was very excited...

Nothing beneficial - after knowing fatal failure of the product

Cannot finalize discs. My precious memories are gone

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This camcorder has serious problems

 

This product is frustrating. I have read the other complaints and I fear mailing it to Samsung. Previous complaint does state that Samsung wants to charge to return camera even though it has not functioned properly since day one and Samsung knows it. I...

Nothing positive about camera

Samsung should be ashamed to make such a product that is so impaired, is so expensive and it is so poorly designed. This camcorder has serious problems with focus, the DVD does not work properly, it cannot read what it burns

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Decent camera for 3 years running! :)

 

Unfortunately, the Internet can be a host of many negative comments posted regarding mfr's products or customer service, while the positive aspects for these same items fall by the wayside since we always expect our purchases to be perfect every time...

Flexibility; Battery Life; Features; Light Weight; 16x9 Aspect Ratio; Strong Zoom; Easy-To-Use Controls; Reliability; Remote Control; Inexpensive & Durable Media

Auto Focus is very finicky

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Please don't buy this camera and Samsung for that matter

 

This video camera has very bad lighting both indoor (very dark) and outdoors (get saturated) no matter we tried to adjust it. The DVD writer always errors out after few minutes of recording and need to recover the CD repeatedly ( very very annoying). A...

Just for being able to record straight on DVD

the whole camra is horrible

Product Specifications

Enjoy the industry's latest digital camcorder technology. The SC-DC164 DVD Camcorder offers the world's strongest zoom - 33x optical/1200x digital - with images clearly displayed on the 2.7" LCD. Turn it on and start shooting in less than 10 seconds. The dual-layer DVD feature doubles the amount of recording time, while a 4-in-1 multi memory card slot lets you store MPEG4 videos and stills. There's even a handy remote control so you can set up the shots - and then get into the action yourself!

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO / MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.8in
Height:3.4in
Weight:15.2oz
Width:33.9in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:SC-DC164
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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