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Panasonic SDR-H200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H200. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and price. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the durability. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H200

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H200 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. The viewfinder and durability get less positive comments. Reviews are divided on the battery.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

durability, viewfinder

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H200 30GB 3CCD Hard Disk Drive/SD Palmcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic SDR-H200 30GB 3CCD Hard Disk Drive/SD Palmcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200

 

High video and image quality, Long battery life

High price, One-handed operation is awkward

This camcorder delivers impressive battery life, but its three CCDs promise more than they deliver.

May, 2007

Expert review by: Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200 30GB Hard Drive Camcorder (10x Opt, 700x Dig, 2.7

 

Not graced with sophisticated styling, the Panasonic SDR-H200 ($720 as of April 24, 2007) has no more in the way of extra features than competing models that cost $100 to $200 less. One possible reason for the high price is the camcorder's three-chip...

High video and image quality ; Long battery life

High price ; One-handed operation is awkward

May, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200 Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic SDR-H200 is the company's leading camcorder in their new hybrid hard disk drive (HDD) / SD card camcorder. Featuring an identical imaging set to the VDR-D310, their top DVD camcorder, and the PV-GS320, their top MiniDV camcorder,...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200 Review and Prices

 

The Panasonic SDR-H200 is the company's top of the line standard definition HDD DV camcorder. If you're judging a camcorder on video quality and manual control options alone, the SDR-H200 is at the top of the amateur level HDD units out there. Yet it's...

Excellent image quality in good lighting, great handling, impressive OIS

Disappointing low light performance, awkward placement of connections

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (washingtonpost.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200

 

The SDR-H200 is Panasonic's top of the line hybrid camcorder, recording video and stills to either a 30GB hard disk drive (HDD) or SDHC flash memory card. This means no tapes or DVD discs to deal with-everything is recorded internally - keeping it...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (reviewed.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200

 

Panasonic SDR-H200 Camcorder Review

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Panasonic SDR-H200

 

Superb image quality and extremely long recording times are the star attractions with the Panasonic SDR-H200 hard drive, standard definition camcorder. Though it shouldn't be confused with a high definition video camera, it employs some very high end...

The Panasonic SDR-H200 offers excellent video quality in a standard definition camcorder due to its advanced 3CCD image sensor system coupled with a superb processor and augmented by impressive optical image stabilization. Its hard drive recording...

Consumer review by: Wolfie (newegg.com)

Great Entry level

 

I don't have that many plugs near my computer so the extra pain of the battery knocked off a star, especially since there is a little door above the battery that covers the TV connector. Seems like they could have easily put the USB and Power under...

HDD recording eliminates sound issues which is a huge plus. Came with a 512 mb SD card. Pretty decent instructions and a nice learning curve. The cool leaf shutter replaces the lens cap on this model and in video mode you can use it to transition which...

Have to remove the battery to plug in the USB and power. AC adapter that comes with the camera is ALSO the battery charger. Haven't had to charge the battery while transferring media yet so I don't know if it is capable of doing both at the same time....

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

A+++ camcorder

 

I'm very happy with my purchase of this camcorder. It was between this and a Sony camcorder. I went with this due to the 3CCD. I've already taken many videos of my new born baby girl.

The color and clarity on this camcorder are very vibrant. The 3CCD definately makes a big difference. In dark situations the light along with the Magicpix feature makes for a great recording. I like the feature of being able to insert another memory...

When you want to connect it to your computer you have to remove the battery in order to access the connection to connect it to the computer. This means you always have to be around an electrical outlet to plug in the camcorder to give it power. It will...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Tunno (newegg.com)

Quality Camcorder

 

This is my first Camcorder. Overall it is very impressive. There were very few reviews of this camera when I bought it. Took a risk but I am happy with the purchase. Newegg great as always.

Very Easy to use. 30 Gb hardrive provides lots of space for video. Software that comes with the camera is adequate, no more than is needed. Still pictures are pretty decent

Indoor video depending on lighting levels can vary

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. PRODUCT FEATURES: 3CCD camera system; OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer); Advanced Pure Color Engine; High quality MPEG2 engine; 10x optical zoom; Tele-macro; High-picture-quality 2.7" LCD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.8in
Height:2.9in
Weight:15.9oz
Width:2.8in

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:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:512MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:HDD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-H200
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 Still Resolution:3.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.5Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.4Mpix
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

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder