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Panasonic SDR-H80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 287 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the zoom and design. The value for money and portability also get good views, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the features and battery. Reviews are divided on the color.

usability, portability, value for money, 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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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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 (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.

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"Good cam but no good if it will not come on."

 

Is this camera TOO good for the price? It my be. Came on, only one moth after buying and the camera has gone bad. What gives? At lest panasonic was nice and are now repairing my camera, but I had to pay the $10 shipping fee. This is the first camera I...

This is a Very good Camera, I loved using it. Good Video for SD and the zoom and 60gb hdd were good selling points for this camera. Oh and being 50% off at best buy is why I got this camera.

HDD is READ ONLY with connected to the pc. Not good, can not double as mass-storage device, like I wanted. Also not even a moth and the cam. will not come on. It was not the battery, as the cam. would not come on with the AC adapter as will.

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Good cam but no good if it will not come on.

 

Is this camera TOO good for the price? It my be. Came on, only one moth after buying and the camera has gone bad. What gives? At lest panasonic was nice and are now repairing my camera, but I had to pay the $10 shipping fee. This is the first camera I...

This is a Very good Camera, I loved using it. Good Video for SD and the zoom and 60gb hdd were good selling points for this camera. Oh and being 50% off at best buy is why I got this camera

HDD is READ ONLY with connected to the pc. Not good, can not double as mass-storage device, like I wanted. Also not even a moth and the cam. will not come on. It was not the battery, as the cam. would not come on with the AC adapter as will

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Panasonic SDR-H80 (blue)

 

Is this camera TOO good for the price? It my be. Came on, only one moth after buying and the camera has gone bad. What gives? At lest panasonic was nice and are now repairing my camera, but I had to pay the $10 shipping fee. This is the first camera I...

This is a Very good Camera, I loved using it. Good Video for SD and the zoom and 60gb hdd were good selling points for this camera. Oh and being 50% off at best buy is why I got this camera

HDD is READ ONLY with connected to the pc. Not good, can not double as mass-storage device, like I wanted. Also not even a moth and the cam. will not come on. It was not the battery, as the cam. would not come on with the AC adapter as will

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"Panasonic is perfect fit for semi-pro users ."

 

This camera with hidden secret profit : superzoom 70 X.

super zoom , you can make money as Rodney king 1991 CA when use this SDR-H80 , in case ....in your future ...

I can't find any thing wrong yet .

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"Do not bother with this low quality piece of garbage"

 

What good is a X70 zoom if the video quality is junk? The High quality (XP mode) resolution is only 704 x 480. My $100.00 Canon 8mp camera does better quality video than the Panasonic SDR-H80 does...What a joke! I keep reading reviews that say it works...

Honestly there are no real pros unless you just love throwing away $400.00. Won't even make a good paper weight.

Record button is way too close to the battery and is very difficult to press. Every time I swap batteries I have to go back and reset all the settings such as XP mode and Digital zoom.

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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