Question about Samsung SC-D103 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I have had my camera for about 5 years and it has really started to give me some problems. First it would not let me record as it was showing a C:>, but my husband messed around with it a bit and got it to work. Now, just days later, everytime I put a battery on it, the external light turns on and there is a loud whirring noise. None of the display screens will show any information and none of the buttons will work. I need to at least use my camera to show videos so that I can convert them to DVD, can anyone help. It is a Samsung SCD103
I am grateful to Mr. beck ham for his fix involving the date and time. I read his answer and realized that I, too, left my camera on a shelf for a long time and I also didn't have a lithium battery installed.
When reading about his proposed solution, I knew that I didn't have a DV cable. I also knew that my computer doesn't have a DV port and so I would to buy a card, plus a cable. This was going to get expensive.
I called Samsung. They acted like the camera would have to be sent in for repairs of course. 110.00. No thank you.
Then an idea came to me. If the issue had to do with the date and time being lost because of not having the lithium battery, maybe if I put a battery in, it might solve the problem. But didn't seem likely.
Before going to the store to get a battery, I thought what the heck... I'm going to go into the menu settings and set the date and time. Can't hurt.
Guess what? My viewfinder and LCD screen are working now! I didn't have to connect my camcorder to a computer to reset anything. All I had to do was set my date and time!
Posted on Feb 16, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Can not capture video or picture
I have the same problems. I did find that if you point the camera into
a print light and zoom in and out the picture will come pack. This is
just a temporary fix.
After 3 times calling Customer Care I have finally been offered a free repair of exchange. The number is 1800-726-7864. The defect is a recall and they are finally stepping up.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
SOURCE: Samsung SCD103 Camcorder
OK folks, I think I know what is going on here. I have had an SCD103
sitting on a shelf for a couple of years and decided to use it for a
project. I was very disappointed to find that the LCD and the
viewfinder were black like that of everyone else on this topic. I was
happy to hear that Samsung had agreed to replace it.
I decided to if I could get video through the Firewire connection to the computer. This is a common feature of camera's with a IEEE1394 connector. So I plugged the cable into the camera and then into the firewire port on my computer. The computer recognized the camera and BAM! the video instantly started working on the camera. Both the LCD and viewfinder and as expected I saw the video on the preview screen Microsoft Movie Maker.
I think what has happened here is that the main battery went completely dead while on the shelf and I have no "watch" battery in the camera for the date and time. Leaving it on the shelf with a dead battery for 2 years has caused a software glitch in the camera. My best guess is that something occurs when the Firewire is connected to reset the camera and it starts working. I have been using the camera for over a week with not a single issue. Nothing was ever wrong with the CCD.
The bad news is Samsung is not going to replace it with a newer model now. :(
If anyone else has success with this please let me know, dabeckham at yahoo.
Posted on Oct 05, 2009
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This can be caused by several problems including the transmission gear in the tape mechanism not engaging properly, a defective clutch in the take-up spool or a faulty rotary mode switch. This will require disassembling the camera to repair and can be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not really a user serviceable problem and should be repaired by a qualified service technician.
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