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Panasonic SDR-S26

alaTest has collected and analyzed 577 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the features.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-S26 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Poor software


Not a bad little camera, for the price. VideoCam Suite 2.0 really fucked up my computer, lost my windows root system32\hal.dll Could not start my computer without it, lost my CD-ROM drivers, still cant install VideoCam Suite 2.0 as it continues to fuck my computer. E-mailed Panasonic in March 2011 told to telephone within set hours, which are not available to me, no help what so ever, cant download my video??? It’s now June 2011 not heard a thing from Panasonic!!!

Zoom range/performance, Great Zoom, Appearance, Battery

Control panel, Connectivity, Build quality, Color, Poor still image, Poor sound, Complicated to operate, Poor in low light

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Panasonic SDR-S26 Camcorder Review


We know you may be wondering why we're reviewing a 2009 camcorder when we're already a couple of weeks into 2010. Since most of the new 2010 models are still a few months from hitting the shelves, we felt there was still a considerable market for the...

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Panasonic SDR-S26


70x zoom, and lots of controls, but performance and handling leave a lot to be desired

Gigantic 70x optical zoom; A host of manual controls

Actually adjusting those controls is hard; Terrible sharpness

We were impressed by the huge, 70x optical zoom on the SDR-S26, but the camcorder failed to deliver the goods when it came to video performance. In low light, the camcorder simply didn’t produce a pleasant image, and in bright light it measured the...


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Terrible Picture Quality


Purchased this on recommendation of salesperson from store ( and it was on sale). Never accept a recommendation from someone you don't know. This guy apparently had never seen the quality of the video on a TV. Returned it and purchased a Canon FS20....

small, lightweight, easy start up

picture quality was terrible. very grainy and low lit

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Poor, poor quality video.


Wish I had read prior reviews before buying but Best Buy let us exchange it with other camera we were looking at with no hassles or extra charges.

This was definitely a case of you get what you pay with 70x zoom under $200. It was too good to be true

The video quality was horrible. Lighting was a big issue and images were very shaky

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Small light weight and easy to use


Don't go near this camera if you value your memories.

priced under $300

Very poor picture and filming quality, and when your memories count you only have one sot to capture it in. Very disappointed in this camcorder

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Not Good Enough


Pay more and get a High Definition camera....

Easy to use, very small and compact, good manual. 70x zoom

The picture quality is just simply not good enough. In this age of HD flat screen TVs the quality is just very disappointing... Even on a bright day, the video looks like a copy of an analog video. The fact this has a 70x zoom is really a gimmick

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic SDR-S26


alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-S26 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

value for money, usability, portability, battery, image quality

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-S26 SD Camcorder (Gold)Panasonic SDR-S26 SD Camcorder (Blue)Panasonic SDR-S26 SD Camcorder (Blue)

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Lots of value here


This camera is a great value on sale from JR, with an impressive zoom and good enough resolution for general shooting. After checking out the features and verfifying the ease of use this little gem was chosen to omonitor the growth of my grandson. We...

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Great Zoom

Poor In Low Light","Poor Still Image

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Luv this handy camcorder!


Just purchased & had fun using it the past 5 days in Riviera Maya, Mexico. I find it to be very handy and captured lots of happy moments, beautiful beaches and people. Only draw back, not a touch screen camcorder!

Easy to Use","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom

No External Mic Input","No Touch Screen

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Works great!


Very easy to use, only a few options available for the first time user. Either take a video or a picture it's that simple.

Easy To Use","Lightweight","Quality Construction

Car mount needs work

Product Specifications

The SD card camcorder, the SDR-S26, 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 quick start function allows the SDR-S26 camcorder to begin recording just 0.8 second from the time the LCD is opened and this around a third of the time that it takes for a camcorder that records onto DVD discs to start, making it easier to catch those special moments that come with no warning - all in clear MPEG2 DVD quality. The SDR-S26 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-S26 camcorder offers a function that simplifies the process of copying recordings from the memory card or hard disk drive to a DVD. 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


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


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


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



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.38Megapixel/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

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
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG