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Panasonic HDC-SX5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SX5. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and battery. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the features and color. Many are negative about the durability and portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SX5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SX5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and battery. The viewfinder and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the portability. Many are critical about the price.

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SX5EB Hybrid High Definition Camcorder (Memory & DVD)Panasonic HDC-SX5EB Hybrid High Definition Camcorder (Memory & DVD)VW-W3707HE-K

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SX5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and image quality are overall positive. The usability and battery are also appreciated.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition Flash Memory & DVD Camcorder with 10X Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

Here's the most versatile camcorder of the bunch, letting you record 28 minutes of its best-quality video per 3-inch DVD. If you don't feel like dealing with discs, you can cram 80 minutes of HD footage on an 8GB SDHC flash memory card instead. If you...

Versitility is key here - records to SDHC and DVD; 3-second preroll recording

Some contrast issues in very bright or medium light

We like the three-second preroll function that records the previous three seconds before you push the record button when you’re using an SDHC flash memory card. In bright light, this sucker cranked out images with astonishing clarity, splashing...

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Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

Yes, yes yes, we know...another Panasonic in our round-up. But wefelt that if the HDC-SD9 is a role model for how to build a greattapeless camera, then the

Comfy ergonomics. Good video quality

Expensive and bulky. Not meant for novice shooters

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Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

They may only be small numbers now because they cost so much but high-def camcorders are definitely the future of home video. Panasonic is helping out by lowering the cost of entry to below $1,000–$899 USD to be exact for the new HDC-SX5 that's due any...

Records full HD to SD cards and DVDs; excellent high-def video

Unbelievably poor battery placement

I don't care how Panasonic achieves its 1920 x 1080I spec using three 520K pixel CCDs

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Panasonic HDC

 

The new Panasonic HDC-SX5 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-SX5 uses the AVCHD format to record...

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Panasonic HDC-SX5 Camcorder Review

 

The second generation of AVCHD camcorders have been rolling onto shelves in recent months, mostly offering mild upgrades or occasional downgrades. Panasonic is trying a different route. The HDC-SX5 combines the media from both of its first-generation...

The Panasonic HDC-SX5's primary selling point is its hybrid recording - the ability to record high definition AVCHD video to both DVD and SD/SDHC memory cards. In most instances, however, we found the DVD medium to be more of a hassle than a...

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Panasonic HDC-SX5 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

It's funny how quickly tech language changes. Just a short while ago, the term "hybrid" meant a camcorder that can also capture still pictures. Now that we take this feature for granted, the term has been reappropriated. "Hybrid" now refers to...

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Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

The second generation of AVCHD camcorders have been rolling onto shelves in recent months, mostly offering mild upgrades or occasional downgrades. Panasonic is trying a different route. The HDC-SX5 combines the media from both of its first-generation...

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Expert Review

 

Despite being soundly beaten with the ugly stick, this is a quality piece of hardware capable of capturing beautiful high-def video. If you can get past the bulky design, you won't be disappointed.

Unsurpassed high-def visuals, two recording formats in one, plenty of modes and features

Bulky and unattractive design, poorly designed directional stick

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Panasonic HDC-SX5 review

 

Full HD recording with more versatility than ever before

p>Stunning image quality Good range of features Good value for beginners and upgraders alike</p

p>Controls take time to get used to Can suffer from wind noise</p

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Panasonic HDC-SX5 'hybrid' Camcorder

 

It can record to both DVDs and SDHC cards, but what's it like as a camcorder? Rob gives you the director's cut.

However, in this mode (called HG) you can only fit 14 minutes of video onto a 2.8GB single-layer 8cm DVD. This rises to 26 minutes on a dual-layer version, but it’s still not a lot when you’re used to tapes holding a whole hour. There are two 1,440 x...

Product Specifications

The SX5 features Advanced O.I.S. and the 3CCD camera system. Advanced O.I.S. prevents blurry images caused by unsteady hands as you shoot, so images are clear, sharp and beautiful on a big TV screen. The 3CCD camera system is used in most professional broadcasting equipment because it draws out the full potential of the camera's high image quality. One of the new functions, called Pre-Rec, simplifies shooting and prevents mistakes. Pre-Rec records the image for 3 seconds before you even start shooting, so you're sure to capture unexpected actions that you would otherwise miss. Intelligent Contrast Control helps render natural-looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast. Images recorded onto an SDHC/SD Memory Card can be copied onto a DVD disc entirely within the SX5, thanks to a one-touch copy function. Prior to shooting, you can also choose to save the data in either AVCHD or MPEG-2 format to match your playback device.

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6in
Height:3.7in
Weight:1.2lbs
Width:3.3in

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-SX5
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

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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