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Panasonic HDC-SD1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and value for money. The usability and portability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and features, while opinions are divided on the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 35 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

image quality, portability, value for money, usability, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic - HDC-SD1 - High Definition SD CamcorderPanasonic HDC-SD1 HD Camcorder (Include Panasonic 4GB SDHC Card)

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, portability, usability, design, value for money

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

Beautiful pictures, befuddling production.

Beautiful HD picture. Records video files to SDHC memory card. Respectable battery life. Works with external mics ; No headphone jack to monitor audio. No accessory shoe for add-ons. Capturing footage is slow in iMovie. Storing video requires lots of...

No headphone jack to monitor audio. No accessory shoe for add-ons. Capturing footage is slow in iMovie. Storing video requires lots of hard drive space

Panasonic's HDC-SD1 captures great pictures, but using iMovie '08 to capture and store the footage to your hard drive takes too long and can quickly fill up even monster-sized drives. You probably won't mind these problems if you only edit movies every...

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

The HDC-SD1 was the smallest and lightest camcorder we tested, and the easiest one to use. It offers few buttons to confuse you and no viewfinder, but wait a minute—that's a frickin' 3-inch viewscreen, which seems huge compared to the others'...

Small, light, easy to use. Super-sharp res, kickin' image stabilization

Low-light a tad grainy; slightly bluish video with auto white balance

And to think, 40 minutes of crisp, clean video fits onto that tiny 4GB SDHC flash memory card at the camera’s highest quality setting. The best news of all is the rock-bottom street price—we’ve seen this bauble selling for just north of $800. Remarkable.

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

One advantage of using flash memory cards as a recording medium in camcorders is that they facilitate smaller designs. The body of Panasonic's 1.1-pound HDC-SD1, which records high-definition 1,440x1,080 AVCHD video to SD cards, is a mite smaller than...

Generally high-quality video and decent stills; nice manual feature set.

Sluggish autofocus; poor automatic white balance; uncomfortable design with some poor feature implementations.

A solid SD-based camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 nevertheless suffers from a few performance issues and an annoying design.

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

I was skeptical about a camcorder that records high-definition video onto an SD Card. What kind of compression is going on behind the scenes to make it fit? My doubts soon faded--the Panasonic HDC-SD1 captures (and stores) video of exceptional quality....

Excellent video quality ; HDMI and component ports

No video editing app supports its capture format ; Included software is rough and limited

The video from this HD camcorder looks great, but few video-editing applications will let you edit its output.

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

This new Panasonic is part of a wave of high-definition camcorders making their significant presence known. Why do I say “significant”? Well, friends, it's the start of new era in home video making as standard definition takes a back seat to high-def...

SD card-based; 1080i video featuring 3 CCDs and optical image stabilization

Expensive; HDMI cable is not included; no accessory shoe

I'm not given to hyperbole but the HDC-SD1 is at the top of the pack for consumer camcorders circa early 2007.

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Panasonic HDC-SD1 Camcorder Review

 

The HDC-SD1 ($1299 MSRP) and HDC-DX1 camcorders from Panasonic mark the company's first foray into consumer high definition video. They join a burgeoning niche of $1000 - $1300 HD camcorders. Unlike the DX1, which records to DVD, the HDC-SD1 is the...

The HDC-SD1 looks great, has an earthquake-beating OIS system, and produces decent HD video (more so when compared to standard definition camcorders rather than HDV camcorders). It's also a Panasonic that point-and-shooters won't be intimidated by,...

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Panasonic HDC-SD1 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD1 is one of the first consumer high-definition camcorders to use the Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) recording format. The HDC-SD1 records 1440 x 1080 interlaced, anamorphic video that is compressed using the H.264 AVC...

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

Panasonic manages to pack three 1/4-inch CCDs, each with a gross pixel count of 560,000, into the HDC-SD1's minuscule frame. In bright light (3000 lux), the SD1's image is clean, with strong lines and borders that rivals the Canon HV20's image. The...

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD1 is equipped with three 1/4" CCDs, each offering a gross pixel count of 560,000 and an effective pixel count of 520,000

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Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD1 is a camcorder that can capture outstanding footage, but you can't edit the video just yet.

Captures and stores video of exceptional quality, 5.1 channel audio

Compression format means you can't edit video yet, limited included software

The current editing limitations are significant, but once the software catches up, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 will be an excellent camcorder.

Product Specifications

Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., HDC-SD1 is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures. Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus. Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures. This model offers the high quality wide images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16: 9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16: 9 screen TV or a conventional 4: 3 TV. This model also features a high-density, 250, 000-pixel, wide 3.0-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16: 9 mode. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide. The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:2.6in
Weight:15.2oz
Width:2.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SDHC Memory Card
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-SD1/HDC-SD1PP-S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.5Mpix/520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.7Mpix/560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD/None
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