Mini DV Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Sets all the parameters when using either the camcorder or the camera so that
you get the best recording possible under any condition. When this feature is in
use, most of the special features of the DuoCam are not able to be manually
2.5" Color LCD
Viewscreen: The DuoCam has a 2.5" transreflective color LCD viewscreen with
112,000 pixels. When the LCD viewscreen is out, it can be
rotated up to 270 degrees counterclockwise and 90 degrees clockwise, allowing
you to choose the best angle. You can also push the panel flat against the
camcorder until it is flush with the side, with the screen facing outwards.
Samsung SC-D6550 DuoCam uses a 0.3", 123,000-pixel color viewfinder with a
diopter adjustment to focus the viewfinder to your vision.
By using the USB cable and software provided, you can process and organize still
images on your PC. The camcorder functions as a memory card reader/writer. The
speed of the transfer via USB varies depending on the source. Still pictures
from the digital camera section transfer at USB 2.0 High-Speed. Motion video
from the camcorder section transfers at USB 2.0 Full Speed.
IEEE 1394 DV
Terminal: The SC-D6550 DuoCam is equipped with a 4-pin DV IN/Out terminal that
conforms to IEEE 1394 standards. It takes just a single digital cable to
transfer or copy your videos in pure digital form to your DV compatible computer
or another Mini DV camcorder. Once you've transferred video images to your
computer, you can edit your movies or send your movies over the Internet, or
post them on your Web site.
The auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting
conditions when you are either shooting video, or taking digital still images.
The white balance can also be set manually when you are using either the
camcorder features or the camera features of the SC-D6550 DuoCam.
Self Timer: The
self timer is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when
recording movies or still photographs. You can select what the delay in
recording would be, by using the wireless remote: either 2 seconds or 10
Capability (DPOF Digital Picture Order format): Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camcorder directly to a PictBridge compliant
printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge
compliant camcorder directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints,
regardless of brand.
MySet Function: The start-up
image and sound, shutter sound, operation sound, and the self-timer sound can be
customized with the MySet function.
You can set the shutter speed manually to take stable shots of quickly moving
subjects. When recording to a Mini DV tape, you can select one of the following
shutter speeds: 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, or 1/10000.
This feature cannot be used at the same time as Color Nite or Easy Q.
exposure value is adjustable from 0 to 29 (30 steps).
In addition to auto focus, you can manually adjust the focus in either the
camera or camcorder mode.
CCD Chip: This
DuoCam uses a 680,000 pixel 1/6" CCD chip for recording video.
Digital Image Stabilizer: The Digital Image Stabilizer compensates for any
natural shaking movements, reducing unstable images particularly at high
magnification. This only works when the camcorder is in the REC mode.
In/Out: The fade in/out screens can be used to give your video a more
professional look by having the image fade in at the beginning of recording and
fade out to black at the end.
Recording Still Pictures to a Mini DV Cassette: While you are in the
camcorder mode, you can take photos and record them onto the tape. When you hit
the photo button, the camcorder will stop videotaping and record the still
picture, then go back into the videotaping mode. It takes about 6-7 seconds to
record the still picture then go back into the record mode.
Search: You can search for a still image recorded anywhere on the tape with
the Photo Search function. This is a menu driven feature.
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the
sound track alongside the picture when you're using the LCD screen to play back
a tape. The built-in speaker is monaural. When the Multi A/V cable is hooked to
this camcorder, the built-in speaker will be disabled.
Recording Mode: You can choose from the following recording modes: SP
(standard play) or LP (long play), which extends tape usage by 1.5x. You can't
add sound (audio dubbing) or images (AV insert) to a tape that has been recorded
in a mode other than SP mode. If you plan to use either of these functions
later, record in SP mode.
Recording: The camcorder can record sound on a tape in two audio modes -
16-bit and 12- bit. The 16-bit mode produces the higher sound quality (slightly
superior to CD) while the 12-bit mode records on two channels (Main), leaving 2
channels free (Sub) for you to add new sound at a later date.
In playback mode, you can dub a second audio track from audio products (AUDIO
IN) or with the internal microphone, using the remote. This feature can only be
used when the recorded video is in SP (Standard mode), and at 12-bit audio
setting. The original track will not be erased. You can have either track play
(the original or the dubbed), or both play simultaneously by selecting from the
following in the menu select:
main audio track only
the dubbed audio only
plays both the original and the dubbed audio track.
Recording Programs: You can select from the following recording programs:
balance between the subject and the background to get the best result.
Suitable for most conditions. The shutter speed automatically varies from
1/60 to 1/250 per second.
for recording fast moving people or objects. Sports events, recording the
outside from the inside of a moving vehicle.
use this program outdoors to make subjects stand out from a softened
foreground and background. The shutter speed automatically varies from 1/60
to 1/1000 per second.
compensates for a subject that may otherwise appear too bright when shooting
under extremely b direct lighting such as spotlights. Suitable for
recording indoor events such as concerts and school performances.
creates good results when the ambient light is very b such as on a
beach shore or in snow.
allows fast-moving images to be captured one frame at a time, for vivid,
stable slow motion playback (a golf player's swing, for example).
Color Nite Function: This
function controls the shutter speed (between 1/30 and 1/15) so that you can
record slow moving objects. It will also tend to brighten the picture. It can be
turned on and off.
Zero Set Memory:
If you wish to return to a particular scene later, you can mark the point with
the Zero Set Memory function and the tape will stop at that point when you
rewind or fast forward the tape. If you remove the tape, the Zero Set Memory is
cancelled and the counter display shows the time code.
Digital Effects: You can select from the following effects:
Art: adds a paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image
Mosaic: blurs the image by enlarging the size of some pixels
Sepia: makes a monochrome image with a brownish tint
Negative: reverses the colors, giving video a "camera" negative image
Mirror: creates a symmetrical image as if there were a mirror in the
middle of the screen
Black and White: makes the image black and white
creates a 3D emboss effect
Emboss2: creates a 3D emboss effect on surrounding area of an image
Pastel1: applies a pale pastel drawing effect to an image
applies a pale pastel drawing effect
to surrounding area of an image
16:9 Wide: creates a widescreen image
Light Compensation Mode (BLC): This function helps make the subject brighter
when the light source is behind the subject, throwing their features into shadow
, or when the subject is in the shade but the background is brightly lit.
Wind Cut: The camcorder has an automatic wind screen to reduce wind noise
from interfering with the sound track.
Digital Still Camera
CCD Chip: This DuoCam uses a 5.2 MegaPixel 1/2.5" CCD chip
for recording digital still images.
Multi-Card Slot: The camcorder can take, store and manage still images on SD
Memory Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro. It can
record images in either JPEG or TIFF files. Note: Make sure that the camera is
off when you insert or eject the card being used.
Flash: This SC-D6550 has a
Built-in flash that is used to take brighter pictures in dark locations. There
are five modes to choose from:
- Auto Flash:
The flash automatically pops up and fires according to the lighting
conditions. Pressing the PHOTO button halfway down will detect the lighting
Reduction: The red-eye reduct ion flash fires before the main flash
fires and reduces the Red-Eye effect. A slight delay occurs after the PHOTO
button is fully pressed, to allow this mode to take effect.
- Fill-In Flash:
Forces the flash to fire despite the lighting condition. Best used in
backlight conditions and for shaded subjects under sufficient lighting
- Slow Sync:
The shutter speed is set to slow and the flash fires at the adjusted shutter
speed to give you brighter backgrounds and subjects at night or in dim
light. Best used when camcorder is on a tripod.
- Flash Cancel:
Forces the flash not to fire. Public places such as museums may prohibit
Scene Mode: In this mode, there
are presets that will allow you to take pictures under various lighting
conditions. Here is a listing of the choices: Night, Children, Close Up, Dawn,
Fireworks, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Backlight, and Beach & Snow.
Camera Zoom: This DuoCam offers
a 3x optical, and a 12x digital zoom for shooting still
Manual Exposure Compensation:
This feature allows you to adjust the brightness of the still image you are
trying to capture. You will be able to adjust the amount of exposure in three
ways: changing the aperture (adjusts how much light passes through the lens),
sensitivity also known as ISO (adjusts how much light is needed to reproduce the
image), and changing the shutter speed (adjusts how long the CCD chip is exposed
to the light).
AE Lock: This feature allows
you to lock the camera into an exposure setting for situations where you want to
darken a high contrast subject or background.
Auto Exposure Bracketing: In
this mode, the camera takes 3 continuous shots using 3 different exposures. This
is useful if you are not able to determine the best exposure to use in a given
situation. When AE Bracketing is being used, the built-in flash and the Digital
Zoom are disabled. Note: There has to be enough space on the card for this
feature to operate.
Continuous Shot: You can take
consecutive pictures of moving subjects. The built-in flash and the Digital Zoom
feature are disabled when using Continuous Shot.
Allows you to obtain sharper images by processing the image after it is shot.
There are three choices:
Smoothes the edges
- Normal: No
Enhances and sharpens the edges
Mode Dial: There
is a mode dial that sets the particular camera mode that you want to use. The
choices are as follows:
the aperture and shutter speed automatically
automatic modes that contains predefined settings
speed priority mode
M: Full manual
mode. Allows you to customize options to your tastes
Loads your frequent settings
MPEG4 motion clips to the memory card you are using
mode for stills and motion clips
Auto/Manual Focus: There is a
button near the display of the camera that allows you to choose between auto and
manual focus. Auto focus will normally work when you press the PHOTO button down
halfway. To use the manual focus, there is a set dial that will make the
Continuous Auto Focus:
This feature allows you to focus rapidly instead of waiting until the Photo
button is pressed half way. This mode will consume your battery faster.
Macro Mode: Macro
Mode allows you to take detailed close-up pictures. You can be as close as 4cm
(1.57") to the subject shooting.
Effects (DSE): You can select from the following effects:
B&W: Gives you
a black and white image
image to brown tones, like old photos
Inverts color of image
Recording Still Images
to a Memory Card: You can record still images onto a memory card. When
recording to a memory card, you can select a still image size of 2592 x 1944, 2272 x 1704,
2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, or 640 x 480 (which is good for emailing).
You can record your images as uncompressed TIFF files or compressed JPEG files with varying
image quality of Normal, Fine, or Superfine.
Viewing Still Images:
There are 3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after
the other automatically in order of recording. TIFF files cannot be viewed this
way), or Index screen (nine images at once).
Photos: You can downsize photos that you have taken and save them without
affecting the original. This feature can be used to send a photo via email, or
use an image you like as your start-up image on the DuoCam when you are in the
camera mode. You can only use this feature on JPEG files, and you can only downsize images.
order to save these images, there needs to be available space on the
Playback Zoom: You
can zoom in on images stored on the memory card. In the zoom mode, you will be
able to move around within the image.
Rotating Image: This function only works on images stored on the memory
card. It allows you to rotate a stored image while viewing it. This function
does not affect or change the stored image on the card.
Pictures: In the Playback zoom mode, you can trim the image and re-record it
onto the memory card you are using. If there is not enough space on the disc,
you will not be able to use this feature.
Utilizing Memory Card
Still Images on a PC: You can download still images from a memory card to a
PC connected to the camcorder via the USB interface. Using the software
provided, you can organize, store and print out still images.
This feature allows you to customize your camera to memorize frequently accessed
settings for quicker and easier use. You have the ability to save 3 different
groups of settings.
Start-up Image: You have a choice of what image will appear on the camera
each time it is turned on. There are three to choose from: two Samsung logo
images, and a still image you capture.
Minimum and Recommended Requirements:
Pentium III, 600 MHz
Pentium 4, 2 GHz
G3, 500 MHz
Mac OS 10.2
Mac OS 10.3
512 MB or above
1 GB or more
2 GB or more
200 MB (for applications
Apart from this, 1 GB or more free space
2 GB or more
1024 x 768 dots
1024 x 768 dots
800 x 600 dots
1024 x 768 dots
USB 2.0 High Speed
USB 2.0 High Speed
Estimated Capacity of
an 16 MB Memory Card and File Size per Image:
2592 x 1944
|1024 x 768
640 x 480
frames per second
frames per second
640 x 480
Approx. 1 minute
Approx. 2 minutes
320 x 240
Approx. 2 minutes
Approx. 3 minutes
Maximum Recording Time
Using the Viewfinder
Using the LCD
1 hour 30 min
3 hours 30 min
4 hours 10 min
3 hours 10 min