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Panasonic HDC-SD40

Panasonic HDC-SD40
alaScore 85

131 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD40. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD40 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Feb, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Feb, 2018

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Panasonic HDC 40 review

 

Like their cheap competitors from Sony and Canon, Panasonic's budget-priced HDR-SD40, TM40 and TM41 are only nominally high-definition; where HD requires a minimum of 2.07-megapixel resolution, these and their ilk use lower-resolution sensors and...

They're compact and have manual controls, a zoom lens, and a video light, which is nice for the price of the Panasonic HDC-SD40, TM40 and TM41 .

When it comes to video quality, you're getting what you pay for.

Panasonic's HDC-TM40, TM41 and SD40 are some of the cheapest camcorders you can buy with a zoom lens and manual controls. If you care about video quality, spend a little more money on another model; if you don't, buy the cheapest one of these you can...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD40

 

Panasonic's HDC-SD40 packs a wealth of features into a tiny chassis, for a reasonable price.

Comprehensive manual settings, Optical image stabilisation, Built-in LED video light

CMOS doesn't have Full HD resolution, Optical zoom smaller than some competitors, No built-in memory

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: MilesCamp (cnet.com)

Great entry level or family pictures camcorder

 

Has most of the bells and whistles - decent optical zoom (17x); screen can flip 180; takes snapshots;has an HDMI, mini USB port and AV Multi port; Dolby Sound; fits in palm of hand; picture is not HD quality but I don't think it's bad (analog TV...

Has most of the bells and whistles - decent optical zoom (17x); screen can flip 180; takes snapshots;has an HDMI, mini USB port and AV Multi port;

Average "family snapshot" quality picture

May, 2016

Consumer review by: nik199 (cnet.com)

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7

 

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7, very good night shot with IR and the price is low for this camera!

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7, very good night shot with IR and the price is low for this camera!

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7, very good night shot with IR and the price is low for this camera!

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: pia (argos.co.uk)

Good quality video and pics

 

Very easy to strat up, good quality video with excellent still pictures. cant say about a long video and editing in computer yet, but so far very happy with the HD quality for this price.

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Anonymous (argos.co.uk)

Great quality recordings.

 

Despite being very light & having a plastic case, the video quality is superb. For the price, it's fantastic quality, easy to operate & has advanced features if you want them. A great purchase.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Isabelle (argos.co.uk)

Good value for money

 

The video camcorder appears to function fine at the moment

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Nem Thapa (argos.co.uk)

Nice little camera

 

I just want to say the camera is perfect in terms of size, design and simple operating system. I've yet to do full recording but have gone through it and I love it. I would recommend anyone buying this camera is good.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Stu (argos.co.uk)

Good compact camcorder

 

Bought this camera to record special moments of my new son.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Marc the Jeweller (argos.co.uk)

Great little camera

 

Much smaller and lighter than I could have hoped for.

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.6

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1 / 7
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, NOR, POL, SWE, TUR

Design

Color of product:Black / White
LED Indicators: Yes

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230400
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Flash

Built-in flash: No

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.19
Effective megapixels (movie):1.19 / 11.9
Optical sensor size:1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total megapixels:1.5

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.69 - 28.4
Digital Zoom:1200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.69 - 28.4
Focal length range (f-f):0.114 - 1.92
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:16.8

Other Features

Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens focal range:F1.8 - 2.6
Lens system:Panasonic
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Power Requirements:AC/DC, 3.6 - 5.0 V / AC/DC, 3.6/5.0 V
Video out:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer LE 1.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/25
Shutter speed (video):1/30-1/8000 / 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i / 1080p
Video compression format:H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264,MPEG4

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.25
Height:2.26
Weight:5.96
Width:2.03

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, daylight, manual / Auto, Cloudy, Sunny