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Panasonic SDR-H80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 290 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the zoom and design are overall positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the features and battery. Opinions are divided on the color.

usability, portability, price, design, zoom

image quality, battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic SDR-H80

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 15 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H80 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, usability, memory, battery, price

87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H80 Camcorder with 60GB Hard Disc Drive & SD Card compatibility - SilverPanasonic SDR-H80 Camcorder With 60GB Hard Disc Drive & SD Card Compatibility - Silver

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H80

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H80 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, portability, price, design, size

image quality, features, color

61% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H80 SD and HDD Camcorder (Red)Panasonic SDR-H80-S SD and HDD Camcorder (Silver)Panasonic SDR-H80 SD and HDD Camcorder (Blue)

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Panasonic SDR-H80 ( Black)

 

The Panasonic SDR-H80 is a standard-definition camcorder with a 60GB hard drive for storing up to 14 hours of its highest quality MPEG-2 video. There's also an SD/SDHC card slot on the side for adding even more storage. However, the H80's main...

Manual controls; 60GB hard drive; 70x optical zoom with stabilization.

Mediocre video quality; USB, power input behind battery.

The Panasonic SDR-H80 has the zoom power of a telescope and a lot of storage in a compact body, but the video results are not nearly as thrilling.

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Panasonic SDR-H80: Great for Amateurs

 

Panasonic SDR-H80 is a standard-definition, low-end camcorder. But, there's more than meets the eye with this camcorder. It's easy to use and creates quality video.

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Panasonic SDR-H80 Digital Camcorder Review, Prices

 

In the world of electronics choices are unlimited, there are new products coming out each day and the new ones are always out doing the older versions and adding to the latest collection is the new Panasonic SDR H80 camcorder bringing you the latest...

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Panasonic SDR-H80-K digital video camcorder

 

The Panasonic SDR-H80 is a standard-definition camcorder equipped with a 60GB inbuilt hard drive. Without a doubt, the standout feature is its astonis...

70x optical zoom lens, 60GB inbuilt memory, good value for money

Picture quality could be a bit better, rubbish Web mode

The Panasonic SDR-H80 is an excellent hard disk-based camcorder with plenty of user-friendly features. If you're in the market for an affordable standard-def camcorder, this model will not disappoint.

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Panasonic SDR-H80 review

 

More than just your average HDD cam…

Excellent zoom ; Stylish finish ; Responsive auto modes

Gimmicky You Tube function ; Low levels of detail ; Protruding battery

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Panasonic SDR-H80 review

 

The Panasonic SDR-H80 has the zoom power of a telescope and offers plenty of storage in a compact body, but the video results aren't nearly as thrilling

Full manual controls ; 60GB hard drive ; 70x optical zoom with stabilisation

Mediocre video quality ; USB and power input are located behind the battery

That said, if you still live completely in a low-resolution world, your recordings are destined for video-sharing Web sites, or you simply want to capture the moment no matter how it looks, the H80 should be satisfactory. Bear in mind, though, that...

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Panasonic SDR-H80 review

 

For capturing events such as weddings, we'd recommend an HD camcorder such as the HDC-SD9.

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Panasonic SDR-H80

 

The Panasonic SDR-H80 has the zoom power of a telescope and offers plenty of storage in a compact body, but the video results aren't nearly as thrilling.

Full manual controls ; 60GB hard drive ; 70x optical zoom with stabilisation

Mediocre video quality ; USB and power input are located behind the battery

The zoom range offered by the Panasonic SDR-H80 is incredible given the price, as is the amount of storage. You can shoot video of the moon and stars, as well as capture nosebleeds in all their glory at sporting events. If capturing those things is all...

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Panasonic SDR-H80 (blue)

 

The whole point of buying a video camera is to document moving objects. If you cannot move while filming why do you need a camera? Takes about 3 minutes until the camera resets itself, meanwhile your subject already walked away.

A great zoom 70X optical

Almost any vibration sets off a warning message that stops the HDD (Hard Disk Drive), while on the car, motorcycle or sometimes even walking sets off the warning message and you loose everything you recorded until then

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"Vibration stops HDD and you loose your images."

 

The whole point of buying a video camera is to document moving objects. If you cannot move while filming why do you need a camera? Takes about 3 minutes until the camera resets itself, meanwhile your subject already walked away.

A great zoom 70X optical

Almost any vibration sets off a warning message that stops the HDD (Hard Disk Drive), while on the car, motorcycle or sometimes even walking sets off the warning message and you loose everything you recorded until then.

Product Specifications

The hybrid camcorder SDR-H80 can record either on its built-in hard disk drive or on SD/SDHC memory card. Besides the high capacity HDD this camcorder features a powerful 70x optical zoom combined with an advanced optical image stabilization system that corrects hand-shake around 4,000 times per second. The implemented Intelligent Auto mode function automatically activates several convenient shooting assist functions. These functions include Advanced O.I.S. Face Detection, which adjusts exposure settings in order to capture faces perfectly; and the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines shooting conditions and selects scene settings accordingly. The SDR-H80 camcorder features the YouTube Uploader function that makes video uploading super easy! Simply set the camcorder to "Web Mode" and it will record the movie in a YouTube compatible format. After shooting connect the camcorder via USB to a PC and the YouTube Uploader automatically starts. Simply follow the procedure to upload your video clips to the YouTube video-sharing site. The SDR-H80 camcorder offers a function that simplifies the process of copying recordings from the memory card or hard disk drive to a DVD. Simply connect the camcorder to a VW-BN1 DVD burner and press the button. No PC is required. A DVD disc created this way can be easily played directly from a DVD player.

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:4.2in
Height:2.6in
Weight:10.6oz
Width:2.1in

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 / Scenery / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-H80A/SDR-H80K/SDR-H80PU-A/SDR-H80PU-K/SDR-H80PU-R/SDR-H80PU-S/SDR-H80R/SDR-H80S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.9-5.7
Max Focal Length:105mm
Min Focal Length:1.5mm
Optical Zoom:70
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.38Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8 ) / 3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
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:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:3500
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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