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Panasonic HDC-SD5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 358 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD5. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the memory, and there are some less positive reviews about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

battery, durability, viewfinder

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good opinions, but many are negative about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

durability, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD5 High Definiton SD Card Camcorder - BlackPanasonic HDC-SD5 High Definiton SD Card Camcorder - Silver

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 166 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. People are impressed by the price and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

durability, viewfinder

92% 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 BurnerPanasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilization

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

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...

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Jul, 2007
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Expert review by: Michael Perlman (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

As with the Sony HDR-CX7K, this is a solid product let down by the price of its recordable media. We'd therefore recommend it to people who already own a large collection of SD cards (or an even larger wallet).

3CCD sensor, 1920x1080 resolution, attractive looks

SDHC memory cards are expensive, a few niggles in the design

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD5 review

 

Panasonic unveils its 3CCD, fully-specced AVCHD camcorder

Enjoyable to handle and easy to use ; Amazingly good images

No mic and headphone sockets ; Audio affected by light wind noise outdoors

Despite the fact that the SD5 lacks some of the features of its predecessor, there's no escaping the fact that it offers something very special for those looking for superb high-definition video in such a small and compact unit. Because of this, it's...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

Using SD cards as its sole recording media, the HDC-SD5 maybe light and compact, but is it desirable?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (expertreviews.co.uk)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

This new 3CCD high definition camcorder uses memory cards, rather than tape or hard disk, to record and play back full 1920x 1080i HD movies and stills - with impressive results. Because it can take advantage of affordable SDHC Class 6 cards with...

Solid state is the future, you know. Amazing full HD at an affordable price.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: stuffmagazine (stuff.tv)

PanasonicHDC-SD5

 

Panasonic's SD5 claims the smallest Full-HD 3CCD camcorder crown ' but has too much been lost shrinking it down from the impressive SD1?

Tiny size. Superb video. Easy to use

Wind noise. Fingers on the mic

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Panasonic's SD5 claims the smallest Full-HD 3CCD camcorder crown – but has too much been lost shrinking it down from the impressive SD1?

Panasonic's done it again. The world's smallest Full-HD 3CCD camcorder is also one of the world's best. Modest cutbacks aside, it's a real gem

Oct, 2007

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (pcauthority.com.au)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

A dinky AVCHD camcorder, with respectable video performance and a reasonable price.

Jan, 2008

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (alphr.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD5EG-K

 

Buying a camcorder is increasingly confusing. Not only do you have to choose between standard and high definition, there are at least four different types of recording format available. Panasonic's HDC-SD5 opts for the relatively new AVCHD, recording...

A dinky AVCHD camcorder, with respectable video performance and a reasonable price.

Jan, 2008

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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