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Samsung VP-D381

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Samsung VP-D381. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and portability are generally positive. The size and price also get good reviews. Many are critical about the design and color, while reviews are divided on the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung VP-D381 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Samsung VP-D381 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the battery and size are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative comments about the design and color.

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62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung VP-D381/XEU MiniDV Camcorder (34x Optical Zoom)Samsung VP-D381/XEU MiniDV Camcorder (34x Optical Zoom)

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: kingdinga88 (

Samsung VP D381: good


I purchased one of these beauties for use at work, since then itr has found it's way home and gets used for all sorts. I was unsure of whether to go for a hard drive camcorder or stick to tapes but I found this available and decided to go for it. I...



Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: JonnyRibbans (

The Samsung VP D381 Camcorder


The Samsung VP D381 Camcorder is a great high definition device that can be used to film video and sound. It also has a handy Widescreen video capture which allows you to capture using even higher quality. It's easy to upload what you've recorded to a...

simple to use

battery life

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: noey65 (



We purchased this for our son for his Birthday. He didn't use it for a while but has now decided to make an important year 11 project on it using production, actors etc. He has managed to film 12 minutes of footage and the camera now has mechanical...

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

Samsung's powerful optical zoom lenses bring the world closer without sacrificing image quality. Featuring a 34x optical Samsung lens, nothing is beyond your reach. With audio enhancements unwanted ambient sound is reduced, there is also an improvement in stereo separation and voice and music playback. The digital image stabilizer eliminates the effects of shakes to ensure extremely sharp pictures even when zooming in for close-ups.


Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Wind filter:Y

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Colour of product:Black
LED indicators:Y

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:68.6

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight


Built-in Flash:N


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung VP

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:1/0.236
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.230

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Filter Size:30
Focal length range (f-f):1.6 - 4.3
Image stabilizer:Y
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-4.3
Max Focal Length:75.9mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:34
Optical Zoom:34
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Auto Focus:Y
Interface:IEEE 1394
Manual Focus:Y
Power consumption (typical):3.7

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:N


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV


Analog signal format system:PAL
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 576
Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:1200
Faders:Black fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Height :112

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Manual