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Panasonic SDR-H60

alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and size. The portability and value for money also get good reviews, but there are some mixed opinions about the design. Many are critical about the connectivity and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H60 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H60

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H60 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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68% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic SDR-H60 60 GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 50x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Panasonic SDR-H60 Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic SDR-H60 ($499 MSRP) is the company's top single-chip, standard definition hard drive camcorder, and it packs a wallop when it comes to features: 50x optical zoom and 60GB capacity. Nothing in this price range can beat the SDR-H60, at...

These improvements, however, are not without their disappointments. One of the best features from last year's HDC-HS100 and HDC-SD100 was the multi-function lens ring, which controlled zoom, focus, white balance, shutter speed, and iris. This year, the...

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Panasonic SDR-H60

 

The SDR-H60 is a standard definition camcorder from Panasonic that records to an internal hard drive. The performance is nothing of note, but the camcorder definitely has some allure. The 50x optical zoom is among the most powerful of any camcorder on...

Panasonic's typical claim to fame in camcorders is its appeal for the enthusiast market. The SDR-H60 does not disappoint, offering focus, white balance, gain, and fully independent aperture and shutter control. No other camcorder in its class can match...

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Panasonic SDR-H60

 

Panasonic SDR-H60 Camcorder Review

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Panasonic SDR-H60

 

Following in the footsteps of the SDR-H40, SDR-H280 and HDC-HS9, the SDR-H60 is yet another entry in Panasonic's 'hybrid' HDD/SD camcorder series. Slo...

Huge 50x optical zoom, 60GB hard drive + SD-card slot, good value for money

Plain, uninspired design, struggle in low light levels, the SDR-H40 represents even better value for money

As the 'middle child' in Panasonic's standard-def HDD family, the SDR-H60 arguably serves little purpose. It lacks the advanced features found on the SDR-H280, yet adds little of note when compared to the SDR-H40.

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Panasonic SDR-H60 review

 

This hard disk camcorder may not have the refined looks of Sony's DCR-SR55E, but it has impressive features. The most obvious of these is the 60GB hard disk, which holds 14 hours of video at the highest quality setting of 10Mbit/s.

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Panasonic SDR-H60

 

This is a remarkably tiny camcorder that packs in a 60GB hard drive.

Compact size and light, 50x optical zoom, Optical image stabilization, Swivel LCD, 60 GB hard drive + SD HC storage, Good battery life, Good zoom microphone

Lackluster image quality, Dim image at maximum zoom, No headphone jack, No carry pouch, No remote controller, Thumb dial not easy to operate

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great home video camcorder

 

This is a very very nice camcorder, and everything I use on it is optical. I also liked that the low quality video was still very nice. Something I didn't like was when I imported the video into something like windows movie maker, there were lines on...

proper camcorder functions, expandable memory, large internal memory, battery life seems to get better over time, stereo mic, takes pictures

included software is too slow, pictures only go up to 0.3 MP, no picture light, no video light, format isn't video editor friendly, battery sucks at first

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Like the Camcorder, hate the editing software.

 

I purchased this camcorder as a Christmas gift for my wife and myself. I used it for a month recording the fun of our 18 mo. old. When it came time to unload the video and start creating DVDs I learned that the camera records in some proprietary...

The camcorder itself worked well. I liked most of the features and it had an extremely large memory

The editing software is a joke. Not user-friendly. The camcorder records in some funky proprietary format that is not compatible with software editing programs other than the clunky one it comes with

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Does work with Mac 10.5 and iMovie '08

 

Just to clarify, this does work with Mac, but you need to be running 10.5 and the newest iMovie ('08). Check out http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1014

Plain looking case

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great home video camcorder

 

This is a very very nice camcorder, and everything I use on it is optical. I also liked that the low quality video was still very nice. Something I didn't like was when I imported the video into something like windows movie maker, there were lines on...

proper camcorder functions, expandable memory, large internal memory, battery life seems to get better over time, stereo mic, takes pictures

included software is too slow, pictures only go up to 0.3 MP, no picture light, no video light, format isn't video editor friendly, battery sucks at first

Product Specifications

The SDR-H60's 50x optical zoom lens has the power you need to take dramatic close-ups or get remarkable shots of even distant subjects. But with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand shake has a huge effect on picture quality. That's where Panasonic's Advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) comes in, suppressing the effects of hand shake as you shoot. The system uses gyro sensors 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 blur-free even at high zoom levels. Holding as much data as 43 DVD discs, the SDR-H60's 60 GB internal hard disk drive lets you record continuously for up to 54 hours (in LP mode). Panasonic's anti-shock shield helps protect recorded video data from damage due to jolts and impact. The drop detect function senses if the camera is falling and moves the head away from the hard disk. The floating structure protects the hard disk should the camera fall or be dropped. And the buffer memory automatically backs up data while the camera is falling. This hard disk drive camcorder has a USB Host function, which lets you connect directly to a DVD burner (not included) via a USB cable. You can then copy recordings from the hard disk to a DVD disc by simply pressing a button. You can transfer the motion-image data from the SD card or the camcorder's hard drive right to your PC2 using your PC's USB port. Then with the included VideoCam Suite 1.0 software, you can easily put scenes in a different order and delete the ones you don't want. When you're finished with your video production, you can resave the edited version onto an SD memory card and a DVD disc.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:2.8in
Weight:12oz
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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-H60
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.0
Max Focal Length:90mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:50
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel/0.41Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2500
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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