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Samsung VP-DC 563

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Samsung VP-DC 563. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and durability are generally positive. The portability and price are also appreciated, but the reliability and image quality get critical comments.

usability, price, portability, durability, size

battery, image quality, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Samsung VP-DC 563 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Samsung VP-DC 563 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability and durability. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the image quality and reliability.

price, usability, durability, portability

battery, reliability, image quality

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung - VP-DC563 - Mini DVD CamcorderSamsung - VP-DC563 - Mini DVD Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: cprgolds (

Good Beginner Camcorder


This is certainly an entry level machine at an entry level price. If you are into camcorders, you will not be happy. If you are thinking about getting one, this is a good one to use to find out your likes and dislikes. As usual Newegg service was...

I got totally sucked in by the "Shell Shocker" price. Was not in the market for a Camcorder, but oh well. :) ; Incredible price on "Shell Shocker ; Easy to use ; Seems to work good ; Compact size ; Uses SD/SDHC cards as well as not that easy to find 8...

Manual on DVD - had to print it out ; No external mic jack (at least that I can find) ; Does not come with media

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Joseph101 (

Great Camcorder


I purchased this camcorder almost a month ago and the quality of the video is outstanding. I have yet ot use the DVd-Burning features but you lose no quality using an SD card. Very portable and even the still pictures are good quality. Sound recording...

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: darf552 (

Easy to use!


Its so easy to use. Not everybody is a techno-wizard !! I only needed to glance at the quick start guide. The options/setup menu is a breeze. Picture,sound and features are more than adequate. I chose Flash Memory card over tape/dvd as its so...

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: jeann (

Samsung SC-DC173U


Bought this camcorder for my son. It is very compact, lightweight and easy to use. He is enjoying it very much.

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Jammin (

complete disappointment


complete disappointment

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

Samsung's Mega pixel DVD Camcorders record videos in high quality MPEG4 format (720 x 576 / 25fps) and JPEG still images in 1152 x 864 high resolution to memory cards and in MPEG2 format (720 x 576 / 25fps) to DVD discs.


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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SB-LSM80

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


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

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:5.08 / 6.35
Display Resolution:113000 / 230000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung VP

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5 / 25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1 / 1.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):35.3 - 917.8
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 65 / 2.4 - 24
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:65mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:26
Optical Zoom:10 / 26
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Compatible operating systems:Win 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP\nMac OS 9 +
I/O ports:USB
Interface:USB 2.0
Internal Memory:2048
Lens system:N
Light exposure control:Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand/snow, HSS
Media types supported:DVD-R/±RW/+R DL
Minimum processor:Pentium III 500MHz
Minimum RAM:64
Power consumption (typical):4.2
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 tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD


Analog signal format system:PAL
Maximum frame rate:25
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 576
Video formats supported:MPEG4

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.75