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Samsung VP-DC161

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of Samsung VP-DC161. The average rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and portability are on the whole positive. The battery and price also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the zoom.

size, price, battery, portability, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung VP-DC161 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Samsung VP-DC161 from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the price and size. The usability and image quality also get good comments, but opinions are divided on the battery.

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44% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung VP-DC161/XEU Multi Format DVD Camcorder - Silver/BlackSamsung VP-DC161/XEU Multi Format DVD Camcorder - Silver/Black

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Michael Haynes (

Samsung VP-DC161W


Aimed at the novice end of the market, the VP-DC161W is designed to ensure users spend less time figuring out how to use it and more time filming. And Samsung has done a pretty good job.

The Samsung is a great entry-level DVD camcorder with a feature set to please undemanding users. Experts will be less impressed, though, and blank DVDs are currently neither cheap, spacious nor anywhere near as quick as Mini DV.

Oct, 2006

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Apr, 2007

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Samsung VP-DC161


Fantastic pictures, excellent value for money and easy to use

The cost of the disc, it didn't come with any and they can be quite costly with most only enabling half an hour recording at a time

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Samsung exemplifies technological determination and progressive ideals. From technology to business to the philanthropy, Samsung has become a world leader for which the possibilities are truly endless. PRODUCT FEATURES: DVD-RW / -R / +RW / +R (dual layer); Optical 33x, Digital 1200x Zoom Lens; 800K Pixel CCD; 2.5" LCD (113K pixel); MPEG2 (720 x 576 / 25fps) on DVD; Digital Image Stabilizer; Color viewfinder.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Omni-directional / Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Photo effects:Art, Emboss, Mirror, Mosaic, Pastel, Sepia
Playback zoom (max):x8


Colour of product:Black, grey

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:112000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung VP

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):35.3 - 1164.9
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 75.9
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:75.57mm
Min Focal Length:2.29mm
Optical Zoom:33
Optical Zoom:33
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )/5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:1x USB\n1x External Mic
Lens system:N
Light exposure control:Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand/snow, HSS
Media types supported:DVD-R/±RW/ +R DL
Recording speed:VBR(SP/LP), CBR(XP)

Ports & interfaces

S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/10000


Camcorder media type:Optical disc
Camcorder tape type: No
Disc types supported:DVD

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2/MPEG-2 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:1200
Faders:Black fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Cinema / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia / Strobe / Wide
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.7