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Panasonic SDR-S100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Panasonic SDR-S100. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the color and size. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but the battery and price get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-S100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-S100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the price and color. The zoom and image quality are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the size.

usability, image quality, zoom, color, price

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic SDR-S100 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG-2 SD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (Includes 2GB Memory Card)

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Aimee Baldridge (

Panasonic SDR-S100 review: Panasonic SDR-S100


If you like to stay one step ahead of the crowd, the Panasonic SDR-S100 is a camcorder that will keep pace with you. Panasonic blazes the trail toward solid-state video capture with this diminutive, three-chip camcorder. Ever since the company...

Extremely compact; three-chip color quality; attractive, thoughtful design.

Some may find grip uncomfortable for extended shooting; subpar optical image stabilization; poor low-light performance; no external microphone or video light support; not Mac-friendly.

The smallest three-chip camcorder yet, the MPEG-2-recording Panasonic SDR-S100 is at the forefront of solid-state consumer video camera technology, but that doesn't mean its video quality is above average.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (

Panasonic SDR-S100 SD Camcorder


CCDType: Three CCD, Video Recording Format: Secure Digital

Quite small and portable. Design is good for left-handers and right-handers. SD cards make file transfers easy. Image stabilization.

Very expensive. Low-light video quality should be better. Color was a bit oversaturated

The Panasonic SDR-S100 SD Camcorder has an innovative feature set and a great look, but it's too expensive.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


Panasonic takes a step into the world of tape-less video recording with their SDR-S100. They have also followed the trend of ever-shrinking technology, cramming a boatload of features into a tiny, matchbook-style body. It captures video and stills to...

Still Performance, -Portability, -Manual Control

Automatic Controls, -Handling, -Closed Battery Port, -Audio, -Ease of Use

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic SDR-S100 Camcorder Review


Hail the new pint-sized player in town, the Panasonic SDR-S100. Recording MPEG2 video to a 2GB SD card (included), this little puppy promises to pack a wallop. Not only does it claim the title of first 3 CCD SD cam, but with a totally redesigned...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (

Camcorder Review: Panasonic SDR-S100 3CCD SD Card


What happens when you make a 3CCD camcorder that is about the size of your fist and records onto SD memory cards? Panasonic's SDR-S100 has that and more with just the right amount of style to make any gadget freak salivate

Good image quality Small and lightweight Some manual controls

Non-expandable battery design Awkward handling Poor range with onboard mic

Gadget freaks and celebrities agree, this camcorder is easy to use, small and stylish.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


A fun, compact and easy to use camera but with an expensive price tag

Compact, incredibly easy to use

Poor night shot mode, short optical zoom, expensive

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


The SDR- S100 is easy to use but underpowered for the price.

Bad luck comes in threes and the 3-CCD S100 is yesterday’s ‘corder at tomorrow's price

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: James Morris (

Panasonic SDRS100


Apart from JVC, most manufacturers are backing recordable DVD as the next step for consumer video cameras. But Panasonic is taking another tack. Instead of the miniature hard disks used in JVC's Everios, the SDRS100 records to SD memory, with a...

The SDRS100 performs impeccably when shooting video or stills, it's minuscule, and it looks exceptional. But then there's the price - Panasonic's own high-end NVGS400B three-CCD DV model costs less. If you're after a petite digital-imaging convergence...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Which? (

Expert Review

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: (

Panasonic SDR-S100


Weighing a mere 8.5 ounces, the SDR-S100 is the smallest 3CCD digital camcorder in the world. It features an image stabilizer, 10X optical zoom, and Leica Dicomar, and has the power to provide high-quality video recordings in the palm of your hand.

Jun, 2006

Product Specifications

Get true, crisp color images with this 3CCD Camera System. The SDR-S100, with its 3CCD Camera System, reproduces color in great fidelity by using a separate CCD for reds, greens and blues. It's the same 3CCD technology used in Panasonic professional broadcast equipment, resulting in 540 lines of breathtaking resolution. You can count on Panasonic 3CCD Digital Camcorders to give you colors that are as rich and vibrant as your life. Quality pictures start with a quality Leica Dicomar Lens. World-renowned lens-maker LEICA has developed an exquisite, 12-element, multi-coated lens that helps add a high-level of detail and subtlety to your creations. With refinements like a 2-stage neutral density filter for aperture independent adjustment, you'll appreciate the remarkably crisp, true-to-life color that is a hallmark of Leica Dicomar optics. Capture still pictures with outstanding quality. Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology makes it possible to capture still pictures with amazing Megapixel quality. The tiny 2.5-micron intervals between pixels are shifted by one-half pitch both vertically and horizontally, which distributes them on the CCD with four times the density of previous systems. It enables model SDR-S100 to capture still pictures with incredible detail at up to 3.1 Megapixels. The Optical Image Stabilizer helps you obtain clear, beautiful pictures by compensating for any hand movement that occurs as you shoot video. Gyrosensors detect the amount and direction of movement, while a linear motor adjusts the lenses as needed to compensate. You get clear, sharp images in situations where handshake is typically a problem, like wide-angle shots or high magnification levels of the zoom.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Candle / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:2GB


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:0.63Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:0.8Mpix
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type: None