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Panasonic HDC-SD900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD900. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas the durability and battery get less positive opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

battery, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD900 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 Reviews about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the battery and durability.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

durability, battery

98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic SD900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring)

May, 2015

Expert review by: Steve May (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 review


Panasonic has slashed the entry price of DIY 3D by expanding its range of 3D compatible camcorders and making the conversion lens an optional £280 accessory. You can now step up to 3D via the £899 HDC-SD900, the most affordable new member of the...

Fabulous HD image quality in both AVCHD and 1080/50p modes, comprehensive feature specification, excellent Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization system, bright 3.5-inch touchscreen monitor, 3D ready

Optional 3D conversion lens is expensive at £280, 3D depth can seem a little restricted, and you can’t zoom

The HDC-SD900 is an affordable 3MOS camcorder capable of stunning HD image quality. While its 1080/50p shooting mode will have pro-users salivating, the rest of us will not be left wanting by its AVCHD performance. Throw in some of the best IA...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Robert Hull (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 review


A Full HD camcorder brimming with manual controls and 14.2MP stills

Superior movie quality ; Digital Cinema mode ; Tactile and large 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD ; Range of manual and advanced features ; Quality of 14.2MP stills

Viewfinder too small/unnecessary ; Best audio requires external mic ; Practical 3D shooting still some way off

If you have the money, and also the need, for this level of Full HD camcorder then the Panasonic HDC-SD900 has to be near the top of your shopping list. The SD900 is as essential as camcorders can get.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Jonathan Parkyn (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 review


The Panasonic HDC-SD900 is a tremendous 1080p camcorder that's ideal for advanced users, marrying great picture quality with excellent manual controls. Its 3D capability is an added bonus, but you'll need to pay extra for the compatible lens.

Stunning picture quality ; Excellent manual controls ; Large, touch-sensitive screen ; Viewfinder ; 1080/50p shooting mode

3D lens costs extra ; User interface could do with an overhaul

Whether or not you bother with its 3D capability, the HDC-SD900 is an excellent camcorder, thanks to its great manual controls and smashing image quality. A question mark hangs over the wider compatibility of 1080/50p recordings and, for owners of...

Aug, 2011


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Panasonic HDC-SD900 review


The Panasonic HDC-SD800 impressed us with its superb image quality. The HDC-SD900 has the same sensor and lens, but adds a high-resolution screen, some additional controls and an electronic viewfinder.

Amazing video quality and easy to use manual controls. The best high-end camcorder we've seen.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Alexandra Savvides (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


The SD900 is part of the next crop of camcorders that focus on image quality. There's also a set of fun features thrown in for good measure too, with an optional 3D lens and touchscreen.

The SD900 will be available from the end of February for AU$1499. The HS900, the higher-end model, will be available in March for AU$2099.

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD900


The Panasonic HDC-SD900 is aimed discerning consumer who is looking for quality over style. At 66mm x 72mm x 146mm (W/H/D), the HDC-SD900 is not a pocket friendly camera, but it makes up for it with features. We got about 120 minutes out of the battery...

At a shade under £1000, this camera is not to be purchased on a whim, however we feel that the multitude of features and manual control settings really make this camcorder shine. If you are a budding filmmaker or want something more from your home...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Steve May (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 camcorder


Review The HDC-SD900 was the first of Panasonic's expanded 3D camcorder range to arrive in the UK. It sits below the HDC-TM900 and HDC-HS900 (which offer 32GB memory and 220GB HDD respectively), but shares the same functionality, recording Full HD and...

Overall, the HDC-SD900 is great value for money. I would rate its 2D picture quality as outstanding for the price and the feature spread ticks all the right boxes. As a hobbyist shooter it’s well above average, and for prosumers (needing 1080/50p) it...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Raybo (

Superb is not the right word


The Panasonic HDC-SD 900 is a wonderful piece of Kit, the quality of the picture cannot be faulted, I expect this is due mainly to the Leica lens and the true HD format that this Camcorder produces, the optical zoom is only 12X but you can use up to...

Easy navigation","Qualit construction","Superb handling","Very High Quality Video","Well written manual

Microphone","Poor Software

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Charles Segal (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 Full HD Camcorder - Black


The1080/50p picture quality is awesome even when uploaded to Utube. Basic shooting is relatively easy. The optical image stabiliser icons are a little confusing but when this is turned on it is exceptionally good. Microphone susceptible to wind noise,...

Awesome picture quality, relatively easy to use, handling and Editing software

Advanced features menu a bit difficult to understand, small battery capacity

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Natasha (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


Easy to use

Can't recharge battery separately from camcorder

Dec, 2011

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: No
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3