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Panasonic HDC-SD100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and portability are overall positive. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the features and design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic HDC-SD100


Panasonic wisely halved the price of its formerly top-of-the-line twin AVCHD camcorders, the flash-based HDC-SD100 and hard-drive-based HDC-HS100, after they'd only been on the market for about six months. Though they provide a decent manual feature...

Full set of manual controls; EVF

Middling video quality; some annoying design quirks

Though it has a nice feature set for the price, the Panasonic HDC-SD100 doesn't deliver the quality of video you expect from an HD camcorder in its price segment.

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Panasonic HDC-SD100


Works with iMovie ‘09 ; Great manual controls ; 24p video support ; Good audio quality ; Good focus assist

Poor video image quality ; USB, mini HDMI, and power ports placed behind the battery

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Panasonic HDC-HS100 Camcorder Review - PCWorld


Best-in-class handling and manual control

Flawed low-light performance

Offers great usability and control, but its image quality is merely decent.


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Lightweight Camcorder Carries Heavy Price


You've longed to document your fascinating life for some time now, but you just haven't found the right lightweight HD camcorder. Well, here's the perfect tool

Lighter than a feather in deep space. Useful remote lets you direct scenes from afar. Manual focus offers extra control not found in many other cams. Included 8-GB SD card gets you up and running on the quick

You have to remove the battery to switch to AC power or connect via USB or HDMI. Video editor is a clunky chunky monkey. Menu-control "joystick" is extremely sensitive. Record time is limited by SD capacity — it really can't hang with its hard-drive...

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Panasonic HDC-SD100 Review


You know the drill—HDD and flash memory-based high-def camcorders are hot as blank tape and disc models fall out of favor. Recently we reviewed two newly introduced hard disc drive editions—the JVC GZ-HD40 and Canon Vixia HG21. Now it's Panasonic's...

Improved video over 3CCD system; very good LCD screen; O.I.S. good as ever

Video not competitive with the Big Three; poor placement of HDMI/USB outs and controller

You're much better off spending the extra cash and buying the Canon HG21, Sony HDR-SR12/SR11, JVC GZ-HD40/HD30.

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Panasonic HDC-SD100 Camcorder Review


Having reviewed Panasonic's highly anticipated HDC-HS100, we thought it only fair to give equal treatment to its slightly less expensive model, the Panasonic HDC-SD100 ($1099.95 MSRP). Without the large hard drive bulking up the right side of the body,...

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Panasonic HDC-HS100 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-HS100, though it was announced only a few weeks ago, is an anticipated camcorder. Many years ago, Panasonic ruled the roost for power users and budget videographers. The Panasonic PV-GS400 was the king of them all, so loaded with...

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Review: Panasonic HDC-SD100 HD camcorder


The Panasonic HDC-SD100 HD camcorder provides a great set of well-implemented tools that are in the right place at the right price. Unfortunately, poor connection placement and poor imaging make it hard to recommend this camera.

The HDC-SD100 is very comfortable to hold and shoot. Panasonic uses a lens ring that gives the HDC-SD100 great manual controls, and the ring is even more intuitive than the HDR-CX12’s manual dial. You can use it to control the focus, iris, shutter...

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Panasonic HDC-SD100


Having reviewed Panasonic\'s highly anticipated HDC-HS100, we thought it only fair to give equal treatment to their slightly less expensive model, the Panasonic HDC-SD100 ($1099.95 MSRP). Without the large hard drive bulking up the right side of the...

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD100


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Product Specifications

Expressive, true-to-life images that convey deep emotion! Panasonic carefully crafted the HDC-SD100 so you wouldn't have to accept any compromise in the images you shoot. This remarkable HD camcorder lets you capture artistically beautiful images with superb detail and deep, vivid colors. It gives you the advanced creative control you need to capture images just the way you see them in your mind's eye. And it's super-easy to use, with instant automatic settings for capturing perfect shots in almost any situation. Artistic beauty, advanced creativity, automatic control! With the HDC-SD100 camcorder, Panasonic gives you a tool for making videos that you'll enjoy creating today and viewing for years to come.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:35.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.95mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.52Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:610Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:3MOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD