I've had the samurai since it was first released and it has been faultless for me.
Yes the screen is not very bright, but it was never proposed to be a day bright screen........so for what it is, it's fine.
As for D tap cable I've had one for the unit for a long time now........
It works great I can mount to the top of the epic and power off Vlock batt D-tap output........
no more ridiculous Sony camcorder batteries.......!