Date: September 21st, 2006
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: <--SHOP FOR SAMSUNG SC-DC164 DVD CAMCORDER HERE
PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
So what features does this camcorder have?
You will have to excuse this camcorder with being so forward by first showing off its rear to you. Bold little bugger. ;)
In the above shot you will note the static eyepiece which unfortunately is not adjustable. This is something I would like to have in a camcorder and comes in handy which changing recording angles. Beside the eyepiece is the external microphone connection. Below the eyepiece is the external battery pack slot. Installation is as easy as setting it into the slot and pushing it up and locking it into place.
The battery pack is remarkably small but its tiny stature comes at a price. For one, the 800mAh battery pack in my mind is too small for this camcorder. The minimum should be 1100mAh which was the standard model with previous MiniDV camcorders. There is an optional 1600mAh which can be purchased separately and if you are serious about using this camcorder without being tied to a wall outlet. Check ebay, you can buy the bigger batteries rather cheaply.
Moving to the left side of the camcorder you will see the hidden 2.7" widescreen LCD being tucked neatly into the side of the casing. Above the display is the quick menu button along with the menu navigation toggle. The EasyQ button is one button you will be using constantly. When pressed the digital image stabilization, focus, white balance and exposure is turned on and set to automatic. From personally using this feature at a couple weddings, it can be summed up as being the most useful component on this camcorder. Pressing this button in my mind sets everything perfectly and provides worry-free recording without playing around with 20 settings before recording an important scene.
With the 2.7" Widescreen LCD screen opened, you can check and reference the camera menu and control buttons.
The control button layout is easy to understand and straight forward. In the bottom you have your usual play/pause, stop, fast forward and reverse buttons when viewing your recorded media that also serve as secondary function keys when recording. You have the back light compensation (BLC) which can be used to brighten up an object which is placed in front of a brighter background such as when you are filming someone in front of a window. Beside that you have the fade in/out button which also serves as a slide show key when viewing and recorded photos on your memory stick if it is installed.
Under these key you will see a small door that can be opened to accept a MMC, SD, Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro card for photo recording. It is not often you see a camcorder that is flexible enough to use more than one single type of memory. To the left you will see the Color Nite button which in my mind is a useless and weird function on this camcorder. When it is pressed in standard (not widescreen) recording mode, it will brighten up the image and add a small delay and insert a sort of motion delay to give the recording a slow motion feel. In my mind it was kind of pointless and didn't really interest me nor would it interest any normal consumer. What I would have like to have seen is the night vision option which is actually quite useful in low light conditions. I thought that Color Nite represented this wanted feature only to be disappointed. Above the Color Nite button is the camcorder's main speaker which is small, but it clear and actually quite loud. Beside the speaker is the Disc/Card slide switch which enables you to control what media you want to view and record to. If set to card you will only be able to record and view photos. The rest of the buttons are comprised of the manual/ auto focus, menu, LCD display and the playback volume control.