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by Amanda P.
Samsung

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Samsung's compact DuoCam SC-D6550 is like having both a camcorder and digital camera built into a single palm-friendly package. It uses separate lenses and image circuitry for motion video and still photos — you'll enjoy great results with both. Plus, you get plenty of user-friendly features and controls to make the most of all your shooting situations.

Capture clear video even in difficult filming conditions. Digital Image Stabilization helps eliminate the effects of hand-shake for smooth footage. A special recording mode lets you shoot full-color video even in low-light conditions. You can also add special scene effects for an artistic, personalized touch.

The built-in digital camera takes detailed 5-megapixel photos and sports a 3X optical zoom lens for convenient close-ups. Handy scene modes help you capture good-looking pictures, including portraits, low-light snapshots, close up shots, and more. The built-in flash gives you well-lit indoor photos. The SC-D6550's multi-card slot lets you use the optional flash memory card of your choice to store your photos (see "Details" below).

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Highlights:

    Camcorder:
    • 680,000-pixel CCD (340K effective)
    • 2-1/2" color viewscreen
    • color viewfinder
    • records video on tiny Mini DV tapes
    • PCM stereo digital audio (12-bit or 16-bit)
    • variable-speed 10X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 900X)
    • Digital Image Stabilization
    • Program AE modes, including Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand & Snow, and High Shutter Speed
    • Color Nite mode for low-light shooting
    • digital effects
    • IEEE 1394 digital audio/video jack
    • USB streaming
    • microphone input
    • audio/video output, including S-video
    Camera:
    • 5-megapixel recording
    • 3X optical zoom (4X digital/12X total zoom)
    • JPEG options: resolution up to 2592 x 1944; 2272 x 1704; 2048 x 1536; 1600 x 1200; 1024 x 768; 640 x 480
    • scene modes: Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-Up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
    • MPEG movie mode
    • manual control of shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and sensitivity
    • built-in flash
    • high-speed USB photo transfer
    General:
    • Multi-Card slot accepts MultiMediaCard®, SD™, Memory Stick®, and Memory Stick Pro
    • 2-5/8"W x 3-1/16"H x 5-1/8"D
    • weight: .97 lbs. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • USB and audio/video cables
    • remote control
    • AC adapter/charger
    • rechargeable lithium ion batteries
    • battery charger
    • shoulder strap
    • software CD-ROM for Windows®

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    2.5
    Viewfinder
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    Color
    Total Pixel Count
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    680,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    340,000
    High-Definition
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    Aspect Ratio
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    Not given
    Manual Focusing
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    Yes
    Filter Diameter
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    25mm
    Optical Zoom
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    10 x
    Digital Zoom
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    90 x
    Night Imaging
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    Color Nite
    Image Stabilization
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    DIS
    Built-in Video Light
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    No
    Built-in Memory
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    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    120
    Digital Still Camera Features
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    Built-in Photo Flash
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    Yes
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    Inputs and Outputs
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    HDMI Output
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    Mic Input
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    Yes
    Dimensions
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    Width (inches)
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    2-5/8
    Height (inches)
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    3-1/16
    Depth (inches)
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    5-1/8
    Warranty
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    1 Year
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    90 Days
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    What's in the box?

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    • Camera/Camcorder combo
    • Lens cap
    • Lens cap cord
    • SB-LS110 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4V/1100mAh)
    • AA-E8 AC adapter with 57.5" DC output cord (DC output: 8.4V/1.0A)
    • 61.5" AC cord
    • 5' A/V cable (has composite RCA video/S-Video/and stereo audio RCA connections on one end and a proprietary connection on the other end)
    • 4' USB cable (with USB-A connector on one end and a Mini-B USB Ver.2.0 connector on the other end)
    • BRM-D2AE Wireless remote
    • Shoulder strap
    • 2 CR2025 Lithium batteries (1 for remote and 1 for clock)
    • DVC Media Pro 1.0 CD-ROM
    • Ulead VideoStudio SE V7.0
    • Owner's manual
    • Quick Start Guide booklet
    • Product registration sheet

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    General Features
    Mini DV Camcorder Features
    Digital Still Camera Features
    System Requirements
    Specifications

    General Features

    Easy-Q Feature: 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 adjusted.

    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.

    Viewfinder: The Samsung SC-D6550 DuoCam uses a 0.3", 123,000-pixel color viewfinder with a diopter adjustment to focus the viewfinder to your vision.

    USB Terminal: 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. 

    White Balance: 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 seconds.

    PictBridge Printing 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.

    Shutter Speed: 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: The exposure value is adjustable from 0 to 29 (30 steps).

    Manual Focus: In addition to auto focus, you can manually adjust the focus in either the camera or camcorder mode.

    Mini DV Camcorder Features

    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.

    Fade 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.

    Photo 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.

    Audio 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. 

    Audio Dubbing: 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:

    • Sound[1]: main audio track only
    • Sound[2]: the dubbed audio only
    • Mix[1&2]: plays both the original and the dubbed audio track.

     AE Recording Programs: You can select from the following recording programs:

    • Auto: 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.
    • Sports: for recording fast moving people or objects. Sports events, recording the outside from the inside of a moving vehicle.
    • Portrait: 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.
    • Spotlight: 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.
    • Sand/Snow: creates good results when the ambient light is very b such as on a beach shore or in snow.
    • High Shutter/High Speed: 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

    • Emboss1: 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

    • Pastel2: applies a pale pastel drawing effect to surrounding area of an image

    • 16:9 Wide: creates a widescreen image

    Back 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 Features

    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 condition.
    • Red-Eye 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 conditions.
    • 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 flashlight use.

    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 pictures.

    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.

    Sharpness Function: Allows you to obtain sharper images by processing the image after it is shot. There are three choices:

    • Soft: Smoothes the edges
    • Normal: No sharpness added
    • Vivid: 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:

    • Program: Sets the aperture and shutter speed automatically

    • Scene: Preset automatic modes that contains predefined settings

    • A: aperture priority mode

    • S: Shutter speed priority mode

    • M: Full manual mode. Allows you to customize options to your tastes

    • MySET: Loads your frequent settings

    • Movie: records MPEG4 motion clips to the memory card you are using

    • Play: playback 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 adjustments.

    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. 

    Digital Special Effects (DSE): You can select from the following effects:

    • Normal: No effects applied

    • B&W: Gives you a black and white image

    • Sepia: Changes image to brown tones, like old photos

    • Negative: 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).

    Resizing Stored 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.

    Note: In order to save these images, there needs to be available space on the card.

    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.

    Trimming Recorded 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.

    MySET Feature: 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.

    System Requirements

    Minimum and Recommended Requirements:

      Windows Environment Macintosh Environment
    Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended
    CPU Pentium III, 600 MHz Pentium 4, 2 GHz G3, 500 MHz G4 Processor
    Operating System Windows 98SE/ME Windows 2000/XP Mac OS 10.2 Mac OS 10.3
    Memory 128 MB 512 MB 128 MB 512 MB or above
    HDD Capacity 1 GB or more 2 GB or more 200 MB (for applications only)
    Apart from this, 1 GB or more free space
    2 GB or more
    Resolution 1024 x 768 dots
    24-bit color
    1024 x 768 dots
    24-bit color
    800 x 600 dots
    16-bit color
    1024 x 768 dots
    24-bit color
    USB USB 1.1 USB 2.0 High Speed USB 1.1 USB 2.0 High Speed

    Specifications

    Estimated Capacity of an 16 MB Memory Card and File Size per Image:

    Size Still Images
    TIFF Super Fine Fine Normal
    2592 x 1944 1 6 12 18
    2272 x 1704 1 7 15 23
    2048 x 1536 1 9 19 28
    1600 x 1200 2 15 31 47
    1024 x 768 6 36 68 95
    640 x 480 15 95 158 238
      Motion Clips
    Size 30 frames per second 15 frames per second
    640 x 480 Approx. 1 minute Approx. 2 minutes
    320 x 240 Approx. 2 minutes Approx. 3 minutes

    Battery Life: 

    Battery Pack Charging Time Maximum Recording Time
    Using the Viewfinder Using the LCD
    SB-LS110 (supplied) 2 hours 2 hours 1 hour 30 min
    SB-LS220 3 hours 30 min 4 hours 10 min 3 hours 10 min
     
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