Summary: Bought this as a supplement to my Mini-DV camcorder and my digital camera. Although I'm not complaining lugging separate camera and camcorders, the Samsung SC-D6550 seems to be an instant solution if you want to carry less. I was fairly impressed with this camcorder. It is a great camcorder for the casual user (my wife uses it most of the time). The menu function is not hard to understand and having a SEPARATE 5MP digital camera WITHIN the camcorder itself is a big plus.
Summary: I like the price and the concept of two lenses. The video quality is horrible indoor. Also the auto focus is so slow that I have to use the manual focus mode to avoid the problem. I recommend Sony.
Summary: I bought this camers a little while back. I have used it maybe three time .. the 1st 2 times i was able to record and playback and do all the functions the camera was meant for. The 3rd time i used it I was away in Hawaii and got some great footage of me and my family on a cruise.... Thats when it started.... I couldn't get the camera to play back what i recorded on the trip.... I sent it back to samsung and they said it was fine... but the camera still doesn't work...
Summary: I thought I was upgrading from analog to digital but after seeing the videos I shot indoors I liked the analog better. Very poor and grainy. Also the focus is terrible! While filming 3 people in a row moving from one to the other the focus would blur then refocus. I filmed my daughter's ballet recital and could not believe how the auto focus kept bluring then focusing. Very disappointed with this purchase. I guess it's true what they say.
Summary: I originally purchased the Samsung DUOCAM SCD6040. It fortunately broke 1 week before the warranty ran out. The video began having giant pixilated squares when video taping and on playback. Though under warranty, it still cost me $49 (their fee) to send in the camera for a repair. The repaired camera came back broken. I had to deal with many customer service people, but finally got them to agree mine was a "lemon" and they sent me the SCD6550.
Summary: I have tried many different camcorders/digital cameras before landing onto this one from Samsung. Both camera and camcorder let me make excellent quality pictures and movies of my own. Sounds are also real and great without any noticeable mechanical noise. I was also impressed with the way it adjusts the brightness and flash light automatically depending on the places. Controls and buttons are easy to operate but took me a couple of days to get used to it.
Summary: I would recommend this to anyone looking for a way to take video and pictures without the hassle of lugging around (and charging) two separate gadgets. It takes excellent pictures, just as good if not better than any other digital camera I have seen. I am also very pleased with the video - I found the software very user friendly and video was easy to transfer and edit on my computer. The battery has a good life, I have had no problems having to stop and recharge it.
Summary: I have many pet peaves about this camera. a) the video showed untrue colors and came out rather dark----don't try to record indoors b) didn't fit into my hand naturally and had to use two hands to navigate the menu and even the record button. NOT GOOD c) didn't start up fast enough---I always missed the shot d) the camera photos aren't of good quality e) microphone not that great---you couldn't even hear people that were standing ten feet away from the camera.
Even the digital still shots are not that good....
S. T. Smith, Amazon
28 November 2006
Summary: To add on to the previous reviewers, I was very disappointed with this camera's performance. I compared the "5 megapixel" photos with photos taken with my Canon, PowerShot G3 (4megapixels), and the SCD6550 simply did not produce the same quality stills. The camera itself also seemed flimsy. The idea of having a two-in-one camera is so attractive. But another attractive concept, Canon's Elura50, offered a camcorder with a compact design.