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Panasonic HDC-SD800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD800. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the reliability and portability. The price and image quality also get good comments, but there are some negative comments about the durability and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD800 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the battery and size. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the design and durability, and there are mixed opinions on the reliability and price.

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

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic SD800 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, x20 Intelligent Zoom, 35mm Wide Angle Leica Lens,

May, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Panasonic HDC x900 review:


Panasonic has a history of producing solid prosumer camcorders that deliver excellent video quality and performance, but have unexciting, functional designs. That tradition continues with the latest crop of models. Updates to last year's 700 series,...

Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-HS900 , TM900 , and SD800 's capabilities.

Wonky white balance and lack of a built-in neutral density filter are the two biggest drawbacks of an otherwise very good series of prosumer camcorders.

Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing...

Nov, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD800 Review


The Panasonic HDC-SD800 HD Camcorder is part of the new, 4-model HDC series of camcorders from Panasonic, which are the follow-ups to the successful 700 HDC models. Priced at $849.99 -- the lowest out of the four new HDC models -- the SD800 offers a...

Apr, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD800 review


Panasonic's single-sensor Panasonic HDC-SD90 impressed us with its detailed outdoor footage. The HDC-SD800 doesn't have the SD90's accessory shoe or microphone input - you'll need to buy the high-end HDC-SD900 for those - but its array three dedicated...

A superb all-round camcorder - if you want the best video quality currently available, this is the model to buy.

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: RayPowell (

"Great Almost Pro Camera!"


I had been waiting a long time to find a camera with high visual fidelity without all of the consumer oriented junk that comes with most home cameras, and this is it. I will go from the most annoying problems/features, and move up from there. Color...

+ 3 CMOS sensors an excellent job at color accuracy

- Lack of accurate auto color balance

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Angela (

Panasonic HDC-SD800


I absolutely love this camera. The image quality is crystal clear and the sound is great. I use this camera for family outings etc and the quality far exceeds my expectations for this price range

None that I can think of

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Ray (

Panasonic HDC-SD800


Superb image quality. Light and easy to carry

High performance PC needed to view and process images although I assume this would apply to all similar HD camcorders. Not used enough to assess battery life properly but seems reasonable

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Ray (

Panasonic HDC-SD800


Superb image quality. Light and easy to carry.

High performance PC needed to view and process images although I assume this would apply to all similar HD camcorders. Not used enough to assess battery life properly but seems reasonable.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Geoffrey (

Panasonic HDC-SD800


The still pics are outstanding and very steady even on full zoom. On my tests I cannot differentiate between the SD800 and the zoom on my Panasonic GF1. The movie clips are seamlessly joined and split by days on my Mac downloads. I have not found the...

No bad points really. I always find this type of camera more difficult to hold than the conventional. Its a pity that it does not come with a neck strap which is essential as it is just too big for a shirt pocket

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Ian (

Panasonic HDC-SD800


Wonderful quality images. Great hobby cam. Great for wildlife at max zoom.Top value

I would like to store videos on DVDs, but I am still trying to find a way to do so without the need to buy a Panasonic burner that only plays back via my cancorder

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Malcolm (

Panasonic HDC-SD800


excellent picture quality .very easy to use and find recorded images

not found any yet only had camcorder 1 month but very happy so far

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:3X 1/4.1''


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/25
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3