Samsung VP-DC171W multi format DVD Camcorder [34x optical] - £137.99 del. @ Amazon ! - HotUKDeals
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Samsung VP-DC171W/XEU Multi Format Widescreen DVD Camcorder

Probably the cheapest price for a DVD camcorder !

Description : Handling both dual-layer DVDs and RW discs, the VP-DC171 camcorder lets you film without worrying about how much recording time you have left. With an 800,000-pixel sensor, the VP-DC171 has a powerful 34x optical zoom so you can film and focus on the action. Youll also be able to do close-ups on faraway subjects in high quality, making the VP-DC171 an ideal camcorder for sporting events and concerts. Plus, the VP-DC171 has 8 different shutter speeds and 9 digital special effects to adapt to any exposure conditions. This Samsung camcorder also has a resume-after-restart mode for DVD, a slow-motion mode, and a DVD-editing function with title and scene functions for fun and easy use. With the VP-DC171, youll no longer fear data loss and youll find your video sequences quickly. Thanks to the VP-DC171, youll no longer need to hook up your camcorder to the DVD to enjoy DVD quality.
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#1
I know this is the description on the amazon website; but I don't understand how any camcorder "let's you film without worrying how much recording you have left".

Given there is no such thing as an infinte recording, by definition you will approach an end of your recording capcity.

Anyone explain what on earth they mean ?
#2
Do Comet do that 'matching the price and pay the difference' thing? Just saying because this item is £200 in Comet so you might be able to get it cheaper with a bit of work.
#3
ra2000;1648131
I know this is the description on the amazon website; but I don't understand how any camcorder "let's you film without worrying how much recording you have left".
......Anyone explain what on earth they mean ?


Probably, this Which? report on Recording format may throw some light :)

http://www.which.co.uk/reports_and_campaigns/audio_visual/reports/cameras_and_camcorders/digital_cameras/Camcorders/camcorders_essential_guide_574_59533_9.jsp
#4
This is a cracking price! :thumbsup: Been looking around for a new dvd camcorder for a while.....am really tempted now :whistling: HOT.
banned#5
Definately a bargain for a DVD camccorder at that price. Voted hot
#6
ra2000
I know this is the description on the amazon website; but I don't understand how any camcorder "let's you film without worrying how much recording you have left".

Given there is no such thing as an infinte recording, by definition you will approach an end of your recording capcity.

Anyone explain what on earth they mean ?


I think its more colloquially written as opposed to being an exact definition. I understood it to read that due to a DVD disc having a large capacity i.e up to ~8.5GB, and the fact that you can buy more as required (and cheaply), means you will never need to worry about running out of space.
#7
Don't these use mini-dvd's? these are nowhere near 8gb in size.

I suspect (I could be talking balloney) that all hard drive, mini dv and dvd camcorders are being superceeded by memory cards - this would explain why the prices have dropped. You can get very cheap 4gb memory cards these days, it would make sense to me that the new camcorders will use these - a 4gb memory card being equivelant to a single layer DVD approximately.

Does anyone know of such a camcorder for < £200?
#8
A bit off topic, but there are so many different formats for camcorders these day, which are regarding as beingthe best ones to get? I've always worried that a DVD based one might get errors due to skipping etc?
#9
With reference to price matching in comet. It says this with respect to internet sites:

We do not match

Internet or mail order prices – however we do check our competitors online to ensure we remain as competitive as possible
Product prices offered by warehouse clubs or any retail clubs requiring membership
Short term or voucher promotions, whether online or in a store
Warranty, delivery or installation prices

Hope that helps
#10
Comet do however have a price match promise:

If you purchase a product from a Comet store and find the identical product at a lower price in another retailer within 10 miles of the store, not only we will we match the in-store price, we will also give you 10% of the difference. Simply let us know within 14 days of your purchase.
For orders placed online or by telephone, we will match an in-store price. The retailer's store must be within 10 miles of your local Comet store

All we ask

The item is boxed and sold as new
It's in stock and available for immediate delivery
It must verified either by written evidence (e.g. advert, quotation etc) or verbally from our competitors
#11
Personally not keen on Samsung camera quality so I dread to think what the quality of said camcorder is.

The cameras are very plasticky.
#12
Does any know what the format of the video will be once it is on the PC, can it be used in Window's Movie Maker???!
#13
andimccann;1650053
Does any know what the format of the video will be once it is on the PC, can it be used in Window's Movie Maker???!


Records footage directly onto a DVD in MPEG2 format :thumbsup:

The MPEG2 format has several codecs that are not supported by Windows Movie Maker. Even if you have downloaded and installed these codecs on your computer, files in the MPEG2 format may not work in Windows Movie Maker or may cause other problems. Converting the MPEG2 format to another compatible format may work for most MPEG2 files. However, some MPEG2 codecs include copy protection schemes that will prevent you from converting the file.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308464
#14
edi
Records footage directly onto a DVD in MPEG2 format :thumbsup:

The MPEG2 format has several codecs that are not supported by Windows Movie Maker. Even if you have downloaded and installed these codecs on your computer, files in the MPEG2 format may not work in Windows Movie Maker or may cause other problems. Converting the MPEG2 format to another compatible format may work for most MPEG2 files. However, some MPEG2 codecs include copy protection schemes that will prevent you from converting the file.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308464

Thanks for that saved me wasting my cash, nearly bought that! I am after a cheap DVD or Hard Drive Camcorder that I can use with Windows Movie maker, any ideas, or what format I should be looking for?! Ta!
banned#15
andimccann
Thanks for that saved me wasting my cash, nearly bought that! I am after a cheap DVD or Hard Drive Camcorder that I can use with Windows Movie maker, any ideas, or what format I should be looking for?! Ta!


Maybe this will be more up your street. http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/content/products/details/index~modelcode~HIT-DZHS500E.htm

Reduced from £399 to £199.

Nearly bought this myself but the breadknife put me in a head lock and made me buy a new table and chairs instead:x
#16
now reduced to £137.99 delivered.

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