Summary: I have owned this Samsung camcorder for a few years now and upgraded to it from an 8mm tape camcorder. The Samsung VP-DC171W uses small dvds which are inserted into a dvd holder on its right hand side next to the holding strap. I used to purchase the Maxwell 60 minute dvd disks which have 30 minutes on each side and are rewriteable.
Summary: Handling both dual-layer DVDs and RW discs, you can record directly to disk thus reducing the risk of data loss, there will be lots of storage space and it is convenient; just slip the DVD into your computer or DVD to watch It has a powerful 34x optical zoom so you can focus on distant objects and still maintain its high quality.
Pros: Quality images, good zoom, compact, value for money
Cons: short battery life, poorer quality in dim light