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Panasonic HDC-SD9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 548 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and image quality. The usability and value for money also get good feedback. Many are negative about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 61 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD9 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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89% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD9EB-S HD CamcorderPanasonic HDC-HS9EB-S Full HD Camcorder with 60GB Hard Disc Drive and SD Card slot (10x Variable Speed Zoom)Panasonic HDC-HS9EB-S Full HD Camcorder with 60GB Hard Disc Drive and SD Card slot (10x Variable Speed Zoom)

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 234 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD9 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.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom w/8 GB SD Card

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Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

It's easy to be seduced by how light and comfortable the 11.5-ounce HDC-SD9-8GB camcorder ($699.95 direct) feels. In fact, it weighs less than comparably priced camcorders by more than four ounces; it achieves this by forgoing an integrated hard drive...

Small form factor. Extremely lightweight. Dolby Digital 5.1 recording. Face detection.

Video quality is not as sharp as the competition. Struggles to adjust white balance when lighting changes. Mild purple fringing. Editing software is primitive. HDMI port is poorly placed.

This camcorder is small and lightweight, but its video quality is below par.

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Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD9 disappoints in both performance and design.

Good physical shape and weight ; Vibrant video colors

Generally poor video performance ; Terrible button and port placement

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Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

Editor's note 5/6/08: I've revised the bottom line and software comments after revisiting the issue of video-editing problems. These do not affect the ratings, since I did not factor software problems into the original ratings.

Compact and lightweight; saturated colors.

Moderate to low-light videos look cloudy; some awkward design choices; smallish LCD with terrible color reproduction; awful bundled software.

Despite its trio of CCDs, the video quality and performance of the Panasonic HDC-SD9 are a bit too inconsistent.

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Panasonic HDC-SD9 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The HDC-SD9 is Panasonic's third generation of memory card-based AVCHD camcorders, even though the first generation HDC-SD1 was announced only 13 months ago. In the interim, the form factor has changed little - these things are tiny. In fact, the...

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Panasonic HDC-SD9 – Compact and light weight camcorder

 

Panasonic HDC-SD9 has a low price, compact and eye-catching design. This device is a good buy if you are looking for a AVCHD camcorder based on flash technology. The device weighs just 11.7 ounces along with the battery and it is 3.6 inches long. I can...

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HD Camcorders on a Budget: Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD9 is a great HD camcorder with a sleek, compact design and a small price tag.

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Panasonic HDC-SD9 High-Definition Camcorder Review

 

Prices of high-definition camcorders have steadily been dropping as a result of competition and maturing of the technology. The competition is fierce as major electronic manufacturers such as Canon, Hitachi, JVC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sanyo and Sony are...

The Panasonic HDC-SD9 Camcorder is an ideal high-definition camcorder for the beginner video enthusiast as illustrated by the recordings we produced for this article. And we certainly qualify as beginners since this was the first camcoder that we have...

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Panasonic HDC-SD9 Digital Camcorder

 

Super-small and offering great video quality for well-lit subjects, the HDC-SD9 is a very good camcorder that records in a hard-to-edit format.

Superb video in brightly lit conditions; extremely small; includes software to burn HD footage to standard DVDs

AVCHD files are problematic to edit; one-handed control is difficult; low-light footage lacks detail; no microphone jack

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Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

The HDC-SD9 captures and exports video in "full HD," meaning 1920 x 1080 at 17 Mbps. Previous generations were either a slower bitrate or a 1440 x 1080 image that was stretched for playback. The improvements have gone a long way in reducing the...

Low light performance is hindered by the camcorder's small imaging chips. The HDC-SD9 has three 1/6-inch CCDs. A three-chip construction generally produces more accurate color in adequate light, but low light capture is largely dependent on the surface...

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Panasonic HDC-SD9

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD9 is the company's third generation AVCHD camcorder that records exclusively to SD/SDHC memory cards. The improvements over its ancestor, the HDC-SD1, are numerous. The SD9 records in full 1920 x 1080 with a new maximum bit rate of...

Product Specifications

Use of the super-small SDHC / SD memory card helped you to create the world's smallest and lightest 3CCD Full-HD camcorder. The SD9 fits comfortably in the hand and can be used for long periods without causing fatigue. Panasonic Full-HD camcorders record horizontal pixels at an HD resolution of up to 1920 pixels, which results in a total of around 2,070,000 pixels. And with progressive scanning, Panasonic's high-definition camcorders provide twice as much data per picture as conventional interlace scanning. This means you get breathtaking images with exceptional resolution and detail. Combine that with a 1080/24p format, which lets you capture scenes with a rich, film-like quality, and you can see why Panasonic Full-HD camcorders take visual expression to the next level. With face detection - offered for the first time for recording moving pictures with a video camera - Panasonic makes it easy to capture beautiful faces and clear backgrounds even in dim or backlit scenes. This function, which can detect up to five faces at once, automatically adjusts the exposure and smooths skin tones according to the ambient brightness, so faces are bright and easy to see. The intelligent shooting guide function helps you get magnificent shots by displaying a text message in the LCD monitor, telling you which settings are best for the current shooting conditions. With intelligent selection playback, poor or inadvertent shots (such as shots of the ground or overly dark scenes) are skipped and all normal scenes are played while viewing. Panasonic's advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) suppresses the effects of hand shake as you shoot. The system uses gyrosensors to detect hand shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts the optical axis to compensate. This all happens a remarkable 4,000 times per second. And because the system is optical, no image quality is lost. Thanks to advanced O.I.S., the images you capture look incredibly clear, sharp and beautiful on a big TV screen. Developed specifically for Full-HD digital camcorders, the world-class Leica Dicomar lens system is made using a multi-coating process that prevents light reflection and glare, which can make colors bleed and images appear washed out. It also prevents rings of light, or "ghosts".

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
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/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:2.6in
Weight:9.7oz
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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SDHC Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-SD9/HDC-SD9-S
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

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/Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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