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Samsung VP-D381

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Samsung VP-D381. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and size are overall positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the durability and color. Many are less positive about the design and reliability.

usability, price, portability, size, zoom

battery, image quality, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung VP-D381 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung VP-D381


alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Samsung VP-D381 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the battery and size are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the design and color.

usability, price, portability, size, battery

image quality, reliability, color, design

62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung VP-D381/XEU MiniDV Camcorder (34x Optical Zoom)Samsung VP-D381/XEU MiniDV Camcorder (34x Optical Zoom)

May, 2018

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We purchased this for our son for his Birthday. He didn't use it for a while but has now decided to make an important year 11 project on it using production, actors etc. He has managed to film 12 minutes of footage and the camera now has mechanical...

Aug, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


lightweight,compact and easy to use

battery runs out before tape does

Jul, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


light.. easy to carry .easy to use. very good for short footage good value for price

battery does not last very long .tape length short .with spare tape and battery would sort out problem.

Jul, 2009

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Samsung VP D381: good


I purchased one of these beauties for use at work, since then itr has found it's way home and gets used for all sorts. I was unsure of whether to go for a hard drive camcorder or stick to tapes but I found this available and decided to go for it. I...



Jun, 2009

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The Samsung VP D381 Camcorder


The Samsung VP D381 Camcorder is a great high definition device that can be used to film video and sound. It also has a handy Widescreen video capture which allows you to capture using even higher quality. It's easy to upload what you've recorded to a...

simple to use

battery life

Mar, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Good value for what we need in for

Feb, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Bought for an eleven year old boy. He found it did everything it said it would. He is able to carry with ease useful for school projects.

None at the moment

Feb, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


The instruction book covered up to 5 other models. It seems we could not use it without a tape.

Jan, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Light weight, easy to use. Good price. Good quality.

Jan, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Light, easy to use and value for money.

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery life (max):1.3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Color of product:Black
LED Indicators: Yes


Display Diagonal:2.7


Built-in flash: No

Image Sensor

Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.230

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.0630 - 0.169
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:34

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Interface:IEEE 1394
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.7

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV


Analog signal format system:PAL
Maximum video resolution:720 x 576
Video compression format:DV
Video formats supported:DV

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Manual