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 consumers the performance of German optics while providing a premium product at a reasonable price.
Included with the SC-DC173 is a power adapter, RCA cable, USB cable, lens cap,instruction booklet and a driver/application CD.
The camcorder as the name states, used DVDs to store video instead tape like a mini DV. The DVDs used are not your typical DVD's but the smaller 3.5" versions. The SC-DC173 is compatible with DVD-Video, -RW, -R, +RW, +R as well as DL's.
Typical recording times according to quality:
XP ~20min per 1Disc (40min, +R)
SP ~30min per 1DIsc (1hr, +R)
LP ~1hr per 1Disc (2hr, +R)
The camcorder has a 1/6", 680K pixel CCD, a 32x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7" wide screen LCD.
The SC-DC173, also can take still photos at a maximum resolution of 800 x 600, and has three quality settings: Super Fine / Fine / Normal. Photos are stored on SD cards for storage.