Pros Easy to use and affordable with great pictures!
Cons Could use better and more conscise user's manual
Summary I bought this camera for my wife who's not so tech savvy. Reading the pros reviews and giving this camera a "Pass" was suprising. It's simple to use, and I disagree on the inconvenient locations of various controls. ALL BUTTONS are easy to use and find. The picture quality (for a consumer level) is outstanding, clear and vibrant. There's no noise in the picture and the audio is crystal clear. Yes, it's indeed as easy a child could use. The problem is that when you're a pro and use high end, pricey equipment, anything less will always be unsatisfactory. It's the difference between recording using a $1000+ camera and a sub $200 camera. Naturally the quality will vary drastically. But this Samsung is outstanding for the price and worth a second look if you're thinking of trying out a mini dv camcorder at an affordable price.
"Excellent Value!"on by gnorville
Pros Inexpensive, Large LCD Viewscreen, Color Viewfinder, Simple to use, Firewire, Lightweight
Cons Minimalist User Manual, No Software Supplied, Need to purchase a Firewire cable separately.
Summary This is my first camcorder, I've been wanting one for a long time and I snagged it for $179 at Comp USA.
I'm happy to say that it's very easy to use, with a bunch of features that I wasn't expecting to get, like Low Light Recording, and several special effects such as Sepia Tone, Soft Focus, etc. Transferring to my computer is a snap (iMovie on an Apple laptop) and the camera is easy to hold with essential controls at my fingertips.
There is a simple to use Basic Recording mode and also you can access advanced recording methods like Program AE, Portrait Mode, Manual White Balance and so forth.
I don't have any serious complaints and I think the reason a Firewire cable isn't supplied is because some PCs have a 6 pin socket and some have a 4 pin socket so Samsung is leaving that choice to the consumer.
I've been using Samsung televisions for a couple years and along with my new camcorder, I'm thoroughly convinced they are a top notch company.
"Great Camcorder."on by lilrocket1
Pros Easy to use, good zoom and pic quality.
Cons No memory card for stills.
Summary This is the first camcorder I have owned so I was looking for something simple to use but with good results. This is awesome for the price, and great for me as a first time user. Highly recommended.
Pros good picture, good in low light, small, simple
Cons can't delete scenes on camera, need to use editing on computer
Summary I'm 16 and i bought this camera because i dont have much money and i just wanted something that i could film funny short films and just random stuff i come up with with my friends. its only 180 bucks and i am very happy with it. i can't wait to put my new videos on youtube!!
Pros compact size, nice screen that you can see in wide angle or regular.
Cons hard to reach the button for wide angle and telephoto. Otherwise no complaints.
Summary I would like to see a place to attach a strap so you can carry it around your neck. All you have is that strap on the side of camera and I think I am going to drop it. I guess they expect you to put it in a bag and carry it that way. Not my style to have to reach in the bag for the camera all the time. Otherwise nice camera for the price. I am happy.