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Samsung VP-D381

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Samsung VP-D381. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and size. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but the durability and color get mixed comments. Some have doubts about the design and reliability.

usability, price, portability, size, zoom

battery, image quality, reliability, design

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 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung VP-D381


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 People are impressed by the battery and size. The portability and price are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the design and color.

usability, price, portability, size, battery

image quality, reliability, color, design

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)

Feb, 2019

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Samsung VP-D381


lightweight,compact and easy to use

battery runs out before tape does

Jul, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


light.. easy to carry .easy to use. very good for short footage good value for price

battery does not last very long .tape length short .with spare tape and battery would sort out problem.

Jul, 2009

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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

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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

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Samsung VP-D381


Good value for what we need in for

Feb, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Bought for an eleven year old boy. He found it did everything it said it would. He is able to carry with ease useful for school projects.

None at the moment

Feb, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


The instruction book covered up to 5 other models. It seems we could not use it without a tape.

Jan, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Light weight, easy to use. Good price. Good quality.

Jan, 2009

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Samsung VP-D381


Light, easy to use and value for money.

Nov, 2008

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Samsung VP-D381


its handy easy to use and light weight

not found any yet

Oct, 2008

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