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The Samsung SCD23 is in inexpensive MiniDV based home-movie camcorder offered by Samsung.

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Pros

Wide variety of outputs provide multiple viewing options - S-Video connectivity allows direct telvision/monitor outputting

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Built-in microphone audio is surprisingly good - lacks "tinny" overtones and other harsh treble frequencies common to lower-quality mics

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LCD display is bright and clear - provides accurate, true-to-life representation of what still or video content will look like

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"Night Pix" infrared capability is an excellent feature - enables nighttime image capture of objects up to 15 feet away

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Product layout is highly-ergonomic - controls fall comfortably into the hand and enable on-the-fly adjustments

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Feature set is virtually unparalleled at the price point - build quality, software and hardware capabilities and compact portability are major selling points

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Cons

USB connectivity is limited to PC computers - Mac users will be required to buy an external SD Card reader or purchase separate camera all together

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Memory stick capacity is very low - 16MB handling makes extensive photo capture difficult and video capture virtually impossible

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The Samsung SCD23 is in inexpensive MiniDV based home-movie camcorder offered by Samsung. It features a high-performance 1/6" 680,000 Pixel CCD to capture high-quality video and digital photos and has 10x optical / 800x digital zoom with a digital stabilizer to give a clear picture even when zoomed in. It is capable of capturing MPEG4 video format at a resolution of QVGA 10fps to the MiniDV cassette, and can capture high quality photos to a memory card which are stored as JPEG files. It has several connection options including an IEEE1394(In/Out), USB interface, Audio/Video Ports, and an S-Video Cable port. The enhanced LSS feature lets you shoot in low-light conditions and supports manual focus for savvy users to tape in hard-to-focus situtiations. The Samsung SCD23 comes with a lithium ion battery, AV cables, shoulder strap, power cords and a memory stick. 

Specifications
  • Product Type: Camcorder
  • Digital Zoom: 800 x
  • Localization: English
  • Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"
  • Optical Sensor Type: CCD
  • Min Illumination: 0 lux
  • Analog Video Format: NTSC
  • Digital Video Format: MPEG-4
  • Special Effects: Art , Sepia , Cinema , Emboss , Mirror , Mosaic , Make-up , Negative , Black & White
  • Image Stabilizer: Electronic
  • Digital Scene Transition:  Fade trigger
  • Min Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/10000 sec
  • Shooting Modes: Digital photo mode
  • Shooting Programs: Spotlight , Sand & snow , Sports mode , Portrait mode , Hi-speed shutter
  • White Balance: Custom , Presets , Automatic
  • White Balance Presets: Indoor , Outdoor
  • Exposure Modes: Program ,  Automatic
  • Camera Flash: None
  • Color Support: Color
  • Still Image Format: JPEG
  • Remote Control: None
  • TV Tuner: None
  • Video Capture: MPEG
  • Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 60 - With 8MB card , Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 120 - With 8MB card , Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 240 - With 8MB card
  • Media Type: Mini DV
  • Recording Speed: LP , SP
  • Lens System:
    • Type: Zoom lens - 2.7 mm - 27 mm - F/1.4
    • Focal Length: 2.7 mm - 27 mm
    • Lens Aperture: F/1.4
    • Optical Zoom: 10 x
    • Lens system type: Zoom lens
    • Min focal length: 2.7 mm
    • Max focal length: 27 mm
    • Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection
    • Filter Size: 37 mm
    • Focus Adjustment: Manual , Automatic
    • Zoom Adjustment: Motorized drive
  • DV input
  • Low Lux / Night Mode
  • Digital Still Camera Function
  • Search Modes: Photo search , Record search
  • Additional Features: DPOF support , Built-in speaker , Backlight compensation
  • Built-in Light
  • Time Code
  • Remote control: None
  • Viewfinder Type: LCD
  • Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.24 in
  • Display Type: LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color
  • Microphone - Built-in
  • Connector Type: 
  • 1 x Composite video/audio output 
  • 1 x S-Video output 
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) 
  • 1 x USB 
  • 1 x Microphone 
  • 1 x DC power input
  • Expansion Slot(s): 1 x Memory Stick
  • Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo , Omni-directional
  • Microphone Technology: Electret condenser
  • Cables Included: 1 x A/V cable , 1 x USB cable , 1 x S-Video cable
  • Power Device: Power adapter - External
  • Power: AC 120/230 V
  • Battery type: 1 x Camcorder battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion
  • Run Time (Up To): 120 min
  • Service & Support: 1 year warranty
  • Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - Parts - 1 year , Limited warranty - Labor - 90 days
  • Display Form Factor: Rotating
  • Display Format: 112,000 pixels
  • Viewfinder Color Support: Black & white
  • Min Operating Temperature: 32 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F
  • Width: 2.3 in
  • Depth: 6.1 in
  • Height: 3.5 in
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs 
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