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Samsung VP DC173

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Samsung VP DC173. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the portability and size are on the whole positive, but the reliability and color get critical views.

usability, size, portability

color, reliability

On average, users rate this product 89/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung VP DC173 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the usability.


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This summary is based on the products: Samsung VP-DC173/XEU Multi Format DVD Camcorder With Card Slot & USB2.0Samsung VP-DC173/XEU Multi Format DVD Camcorder With Card Slot & USB2.0

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : ModSynergy (

Samsung SC-DC173 DVD Digital Camcorder Review


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...

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

Recording DVD-VIDEO with 3 1/2 inch (8cm) DVD-RW/+RW/DVD-R/+R DL (Dual Layer) discs, the SC-DC173 from Samsung offers you High Power Zoom Lens with 34x Zoom Lens. You can transfer images to a PC using the USB interface without an add-on card. The Photo Capture function lets you capture the scene you want while the disc is in play, and save as a still image on a Memory Card. This unit comes with a 90 Day Warranty.General Product Type Camcorder Width 2.1 in Depth 4.8 in Height 3.4 in Weight 12.7 oz Main Features Camcorder Sensor Resolution 680 Kpix Widescreen Video Capture Yes Webcam Capability Yes Media Type DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), DVD+RW (8cm) Color Support Color Optical Sensor Type CCD Digital Zoom 1200 x Recording Speed SP, LP, XP Shooting Modes Digital photo mode, frame movie mode Shooting Programs Sand & snow, spotlight, portrait mode, back light, sports mode Special Effects Wide, Negative, Art, Black & White, Sepia, Mosaic, Pastel, Cinema, Mirror, Emboss, Strobe Digital Scene Transition Black fader Image Stabilizer Electronic Exposure Modes Program, automatic, manual White Balance Custom, automatic, presets White Balance Presets Indoor, outdoor Digital Video Format MPEG-4 Still Image Format JPEG Memory / Storage Supported Flash Memory MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card Image Storage JPEG 800 x 600 Lens System Type Zoom lens - 2.3 mm - 78.2 mm - f/1.6 Focal Length 2.3 mm - 78.2 mm Focus Adjustment Automatic, manual Auto Focus TTL contrast detection Lens Aperture F/1.6 Optical Zoom 34 x Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive Filter Size 3

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


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:Back light / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight


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 Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:1200
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Cinema / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia / Strobe / Wide
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD