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Panasonic HDC-SD5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 320 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the color and value for money are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the features and viewfinder.

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

battery, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic HDC

 

The new Panasonic HDC-SD5 camcorder employs cutting-edge imaging technology to capture video recordings that are breathtakingly clear and vibrant, especially when viewed on a high-quality, large screen TV. The HDC-SD5 uses the AVCHD format to record...

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Panasonic HDC-SD5 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD5 ($999 MSRP) is the latest effort in the race to build the "world's smallest [something]," in this case the smallest 3-chip, 1920 x 1080 HD camcorder. While the HDC-SD5 is less than thrilling, and only a minor upgrade to last...

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My wife and I loved the use of this camera for our vaction.

 

My wife and I decided to purchase a camcorder before we went on our honeymoon. We were originally in the market for an HD camcorder with a harddrive. We were misdirected by the salesperson at Circuit City and purchased the HDC-SD5 bundle on accident!...

Small, light, convienent

poor night recording

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My wife and I loved the use of this camera for our vaction.

 

My wife and I decided to purchase a camcorder before we went on our honeymoon. We were originally in the market for an HD camcorder with a harddrive. We were misdirected by the salesperson at Circuit City and purchased the HDC-SD5 bundle on accident!...

Small, light, convienent

poor night recording

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image StabilizationPanasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilization w/DVD Burner

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Almost a home run

 

Panasonic bundles this with a DVD recorder at most retail stores, but Newegg doesn't appear to sell it that way. Wide range of pricing on this, for some reason.

Very small, shoot directly to SDHC flash memory cards, no tape or tape mechanism to break, easy to use for most people, high quality HD pictures with well lit scenes.

Color was a little off from other cameras I've used, especially indoors, auto white balance didn't work indoors, had to manual white balance for better color, need a serious computer to edit AVCHD footage (I had to use a quad-core machine or footage...

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Great Value

 

Very small and all solid-state. No tapes, just straight flash a la SD card. Image stabilization is good and overall HD quality is great.

No input for an external mic and battery life is ~1 hour.

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Beware, not sold with DVD burner here!

 

NewEgg usually does good job posting picture of everything that comes in the package, not this time...

Camcorder is really good, although footage comes a bit grainy if there is not plenty of light in the room. Otherwise picture quality and colors are stunning.

Contrary to the information on manufacturer's product page, Newegg does not sell this item with DVD burner like other retailers.

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Panasonic HDC-SD5 Digital Video Camera Review

 

I purhased the Panasonic video camera for use on a European vacation. In a way, it was a back-up for my Nikon digital SLR, but because of it's size, I found that I used it more often than I'd expected to. I have a 16gb memory card in it and that gives...

Lightweight, Compact, Easy to Use

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Panasonic HD camera

 

I'm a student and i'm using panasonic HD. It is very useful good to use easily. Haha and also found this camera here. This is my favourite one

Good Value

Overpriced

Product Specifications

The HDC-SD5 hi-def camcorder comes bundled with a free Panasonic DVD burner (VM-BN1) included right in the box. Use the camcorder's USB Host function to connect directly to the burner with a USB cable (sold separately). You can also copy recordings from the SD Memory Card to a DVD disc, maintaining the original full-HD format, or use the included software to burn a full-HD recording from an SD Memory Card to a DVD disc on your PC. Images recorded by conventional HD camcorders have only 1,440 horizontal pixels, while full-HD camcorders have 1,920; that's about 30 percent more recording pixels! The result is a level of detail and resolution that goes beyond anything you've ever experienced before. And because full-HD recordings contain a vast amount of picture information, they look beautiful not only on high-definition TVs, but on standard-definition TVs as well. Camera shake happens. Unsteady hands, shooting while in motion: these factors can reduce the quality of your video. But Panasonic has developed its best-ever built-in Optical Image Stabilization, which compensates for hand-shake and helps keep your videos crisp, steady and blur-free. The HDC-SD5 comes with a world-class Leica Dicomar lens, fashioned specifically for high-definition digital camcorders. The superior craftsmanship of Leica's advanced lens system captures stunning images and colors that look magnificent in HD. Combined with Panasonic's advanced 3CCD system, which uses three separate sensors to capture and process light, you can relive your memories in lifelike detail on your HDTV screen.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
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:5.3in
Height:2.6in
Weight:12oz
Width:2.6in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-SD5
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
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 Type: None
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