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Panasonic SDR-S10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 177 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-S10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic SDR-S10 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Panasonic Flash Memory Camcorders

 

Panasonic's SDR-S10. It's small (a mere 0.40 lbs.), it's black, it's "water resistant," and it's cheap, with an MSRP of just $399. It's also drop-protected from a height of four feet - so feel free to knock it off your table every once in a while -...

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SDR-S10 Compact SD Digital Palmcorder Camcorder

 

It may be a strange case of gleeful ignorance, but dropping an electronic device that can withstand the punishment can be very satisfying. A few digital still cameras have been designed to be overly durable, but camcorders have been a different...

Traditionally, camcorders are sensitive and delicate. Too, they've become so small that the traditional Velcro hand strap has been replaced by the same flimsy tether as used on lithe digital cameras, as is the case with the SDR-S10 Compact SD Digital...

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Panasonic SDR-S10

 

The Panasonic SDR-S10 excels in toughness with its waterproof and shockproof housing. A modest amount of video capability is packed into the tiny frame that is suited for outdoor movies when you won't want to lug around a lot of extra weight.

If you are looking for a video camera that you can carry with you without it taking up a lot of space, and you aren't concerned about the quality, then this is a good camera

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A great little camcorder! A bad format.

 

I purchased this camcorder on ebay. The price for the features is great, and with only a 4GB SDHC memory card, I can record 1 hour and 40 minutes of video, or take 28,360 pictures. The quality for video and photos is great, very sharp. The zoom, which...

Small, compact size. Great video and picture quality. Pretty good zoom. Records to SD or SDHC cards. Attractive. Easy to use. Ok bundled software

Records to .mod files, which are compatible to almost nothing. Moving around with the controls is a little awkward. You have to plug in the charger as well as the USB cord to connect your camcorder to the computer

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Hardware, amazingly good! Software, amazingly bad!

 

The codec is entirely proprietary. their software must be installed to use the video camera as a video camera. The software requires that the user be an administrator. This makes this unusable in many places. Since the codec is unavailable without the...

It performs fabulously, is reliable and functional. Simple enough to use, this is a great camera! Panasonic should be proud of the team that designed this product

The format, *.mod and the mystery proprietary codec lower the usability and convenience of this camera. The requirements for this camera's software to function, limit it. You may only use the software on one computer

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Hardware, amazingly good! Software, amazingly bad!

 

The codec is entirely proprietary. their software must be installed to use the video camera as a video camera. The software requires that the user be an administrator. This makes this unusable in many places. Since the codec is unavailable without the...

It performs fabulously, is reliable and functional. Simple enough to use, this is a great camera! Panasonic should be proud of the team that designed this product

The format, *.mod and the mystery proprietary codec lower the usability and convenience of this camera. The requirements for this camera's software to function, limit it. You may only use the software on one computer

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Honestly, I'm not sure I would recommend this model.

 

Well, I bought this back when it was new and spent more than I should have. $200 is the most I would spend on a piece of work like this. I've read a few reviews about this camera. Sure, it's durable, can handle some shock and water and sand, but it...

Durable, water/grain resistant, easy to use

For what I paid when this model was released, the quality is awful

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Honestly, I'm not sure I would recommend this model.

 

Well, I bought this back when it was new and spent more than I should have. $200 is the most I would spend on a piece of work like this. I've read a few reviews about this camera. Sure, it's durable, can handle some shock and water and sand, but it...

Durable, water/grain resistant, easy to use

For what I paid when this model was released, the quality is awful

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Suprising!

 

My wife wanted to buy a digital camcorder to replace the VHS-C tape camera that we got for our wedding 10 yrs. ago. When we received it, we were pleasantly surprised by the picture quality of this camera, for the price! Low light recording is pretty...

compact, lightweight, uses SD memory cards instead of tape

a built in lens cover would be nice

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Good for Day To Day Vlogging

 

I have had this camcorder for about 2.5 month. I purchased it from Samy's camera for $250 but have seen the price drop to $199. Do not pay more than that price. You don't shoot wedding with this thing, but for day to day impulse videos this is great....

Lightweight, Good Video Quality in Daylight

Shape of Body Takes Getting Use To

Product Specifications

Panasonic SDR-S10 is stylish yet tough, being also ideal for active video shooting. The S10 is small enough to slip in a pocket or bag. Cool enough to take everywhere you go. This is one stylish video camera you'll never want to be without. The S10 is designed to resist damage even if dropped from a height of up to 1.2 meters. Panasonic fortified the outer body casing, making it thicker to improve rigidity and strength. Inside, Panasonic provided an intermediate resin chassis to cushion and protect the main circuit board and lens. This solid construction makes the S10 the Panasonic's toughest camera yet. You can freely adjust the angle of the LCD monitor for comfortable viewing no matter how you're holding the camera. The SUB REC button on the side makes it easy to shoot when you're holding the camera low. The buttons are laid out simply and logically for easy one-hand operation. A water-resistant design lets you use this camera when it's rainy or snowy outside, or in places where you might get a little wet. The camera is even designed so you can hold and operate it when your hand is wet. This is a camera you can use in places - like alongside a pool or outside a ski lodge - where you never dared take a video camera before. The Pure Color Engine converts the CCD output signal from a complementary color signal into an RGB signal at an early stage and extracts the low-frequency luminance component from the RGB signal. This innovative engine also achieves truly superb color reproduction for high-zoomed pictures.

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 Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:2.5in
Weight:6.4oz
Width:1.4in

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:2GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-S10
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution: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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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