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Samsung SC-DC173

Samsung SC-DC173
alaScore 75

131 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Samsung SC-DC173. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung SC-DC173 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Samsung SC-DC173 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and durability. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Many are critical about the reliability and battery, and reviews are divided on the usability.

price, image quality, portability, durability, design

battery, reliability

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung SC-DC173U DVD Camcorder with 34x Optical ZoomSamsung SC-DC173U DVD Camcorder with 34x Optical ZoomSamsung SC-DC173U DVD Camcorder with 34x Optical Zoom

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (

Samsung SC-DC173 Camcorder Review


The SC-DC173 ($369 MSRP), an entry-level DVD camcorder, doesn't have Sony's ease of use, Canon's performance, or Panasonic's handing, but by piecing together bits from each, it ended up with a decent camcorder. Sure, we have a lot to complain about,...

The Samsung SC-DC173U (the "U" is for U.S. release) is a marginal effort, which is not surprising in entry-level camcorders. There's so much compromise at this price point that it really requires the consumer to know what they want in order to pick the...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (

Samsung SC-DC173U


Inside the camcorder is a small 1/6-inch CCD chip with a 680,000 pixel count. This is the standard low-end chip for entry-level models, and can't be expected to perform above its means. Surprisingly, the SC-DC173 managed to produce decent color in...

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the Samsung SC-DC173 is the poor placement of the joystick, with which nearly all manual controls and menu functions are performed. Rather than have it face the shooter, Samsung placed it on the left side, among a...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (

Samsung SC-DC173U


The SC-DC173 ($369 MSRP), an entry-level DVD camcorder, doesn't have Sony's ease of use, Canon's performance, or Panasonic's handing, but by piecing together bits from each, it ended up with a decent camcorder. Sure, we have a lot to complain about,...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: (

Samsung SC-DC173 DVD Digital Camcorder Review


Samsung is a name that you have seen here at ModSynergy for a while now. We have reviewed Samsungs PC monitors and printers and have loved almost all of them. Samsung is a quality brand that I rank amongst making a purchasing decision.

Light; LCD is 2.7” and looks good; Small package; Audio is Dolby Digital and sounds nice; EasyQ makes your filming better

Lack of dynamic range; Video quality is lacking; Camcorder didn’t respond after a recording; Zoom dial can get stuck

Overall the Samsung SC-DC173 DVD camcorder is a decent no-frills product. It does what it needs to do without doing it in much fashion. Unfortunately, after using this camcorder and witnessing the results, I cannot recommend this camera to anyone...


Expert review by: TechTastic (

Samsung SC-DC173 DVD Camcorder


Samsung has just released their newest light weight camcorder the SC-DC173. The SC-DC173 DVD Camcorder is one the first new camcorders from Samsung to use a Schneider Lens. Combining this lens with Samsungs leadership in digital technologies, gives...

Portability, Easy to Use, Still pictures, Direct to digital

Missing some high end features, Camera bag

The Samsung SC-Dc173 DVD Camcorder is great for the always-ready consumer who's looking to capture any important event. The SC-DC173 DVD camcorder is an affordable, compact unit that can create great quality video and stills, just by pointing and shooting

Consumer review by: Dodgethisdman (

I also advise to not buy this camera from samsung.


If you want to get memories that should last forever, (dvd) of digital, stay away from this Product.

None!!!!! And I am not a hater it's just a FACT

The worst camera I have ever wasted my money on

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: ddfiv (

Excellent Camera for the price


For how cheap this thing is, it's a great deal. It's a pretty solid package. It's not super great at any one thing, but it's got a lot of features all packed into one unit, and for pretty cheap. I picked mine up for under $300. If you're looking for a...

This camera is compact and has some impressive features ; Extremely fast shutter speed ; LCD screen is clear and has a very high refresh rate ; 34x Optical zoom ; Doubles as a webcam when connected via USB ; Digital Picture Mode ; SD card

Struggles in low light situations ; Poor stock battery life ; Can hear the lens motor make noise when zooming and filming ; Doesn't come with the remote control ; Image stabilization is somewhat weak compared to other cams

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: crazeeelife (

loaded with features.... try to get it as cheap as possible.


The thing with this camcorder is that the people that are buying and writing negative reviews aren't looking at the big picture here. It has a decent hold of all worlds but the reality is that if you want high quality you have to pay for it. This is...

Tons of features and an SD slot for pics AND movies

you can't use many of the features in SD recording mode/ not the best quality

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Nikki (

Huge waste of money, time and energy


I couldn't agree with the other reviewer more! JUNK

Huge waste of money, worked for less than three months!

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: infoanalysis (

fastest shutter speed in the west!


I bought this because it has the fastest shutter speed around at 1/10,000 sec. This is because I use it to analyze my sons pitching which requires up to 200 fps. It lived up to the task. It is so lightweight I sometimes favor it over my digital camera...

lightweight, fast shutter speed, price, shoots stills, dvd direct

poor image stabliziation, battery life ,cheaply mfged

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

Samsung SC-DC173U DVD camcorder offers the world's strongest zoom - 34x optical/1200x digital - with images clearly displayed on the 2.7" wide LCD/color viewfinder. Samsung's powerful optical zoom lenses bring the world closer without sacrificing image quality. Ensure your entire image is recorded regardless of the screen format. Once your movies are captured in widescreen format, you can enjoy viewing them without having to lose any of the images on your wide-format HDTV screen. With the PictBridge function of the SC-DC173U you no longer have to first download your pictures onto your PC before printing. Simply use your USB 2.0 cable to your PictBridge compatible printer and print away. The SC-DC173U's memory card slot offers you the option of SD card, or MMC as a flash memory card to record still images or movie clips.