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Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and price. The size and portability also get good comments, but many are negative about the battery and image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, durability

image quality, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the price and battery.

portability, usability, durability

size, image quality, battery, price

70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-SW20EB-S Underwater Camcorder - SilverPanasonic SDR- SW20EB-R Underwater Camcorder - RedPanasonic SDR- SW20EB-R Underwater Camcorder - Red

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and price. The size and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, durability

image quality

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Red)Panasonic SDR-SW20S - Camcorder - widescreen - 680 Kpix - optical zoom: 10 x - supported memory: MMC, SD, SDHC - flash card - silverPanasonic SDR-SW20S - Camcorder - widescreen - 680 Kpix - optical zoom: 10 x - supported memory: MMC, SD, SDHC - flash card - silver

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Panasonic SDR-SW20 review: Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

For those who need a compact, weatherproof camcorder that can take some abuse and only plan on sharing the results online, the Panasonic SDR-SW20 may be of interest. Otherwise there are plenty of pocket camcorders that produce the same or better video...

Waterproof to 5 feet with decent results.

Poor performance and image quality; insecure handstrap; relatively expensive.

The Panasonic SDR-SW20's only saving grace is its water-, shock-, and dust-proof body (and even those have limitations). Otherwise, there's no reason to buy this pocket camcorder.

Oct, 2008
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Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

If you're an extreme sports person and want a camcorder to stand up to some punishment, then the SW20 can hold its own. However, prepare for detail to be minimal in low light, but great when the sun is shining. Plan on using this footage on a DVD, with...

Easy to download with only a USB cordSturdy, can be dropped up to 4 feet with no damageWaterproof to 5 feet for 30 minutesPerfect for the active outdoor personCool to have, looks sharp

While I am a huge fan of standard definition camcorders, there is no bias..

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic SDR-SW20 Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic SDR-SW20 ($399 MSRP) is an extremely compact camcorder designed for underwater use. Eschewing a traditional look and feel, the SDR-SW20 has a rough-textured finish that should make it easier to grip in the undercurrents. Shooting in...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: BrileyKenney (brighthub.com)

Waterproof Camcorders

 

Forget Home Videos, that was the old trend. Now It's Underwater Videos with brand new waterproof camcorders. They work great for those vacationing families always on the go and can also take great pictures and videos on that ocean cruise you're...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (washingtonpost.com)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

With a single 1/6-inch CCD (gross pixel count of 640,000), don't expect much. In fact, our testing showed the SDR-SW20's video quality to be quite poor. Low resolution and excessive graininess were the biggest problems. Colors appeared dull even under...

Panasonic has a clearly marked Auto mode on all its camcorders, which allows for simple point-and-shoot operation. Given the target audience of carefree vacationers, most shooters will keep the SDR-SW20 keep it locked up in Auto mode. Fortunately, the...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (reviewed.com)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

The Panasonic SDR-SW20 ($399 MSRP) is an extremely compact camcorder designed for underwater use. Eschewing a traditional look and feel, the SDR-SW20 has a rough-textured finish that should make it easier to grip in the undercurrents. Shooting in...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: David Hague (consumerelectronicsnet.com)

Panasonic SDR SW20 camcorder

 

The Panasonic SDR SW20 does not pretend to be a full blast underwater camera; at a maximum rated depth of 1.5 metres, this is way out of the range a dedicated SCUBA diver wants or needs. But for the shooter who wants a go-anywhere, small and tough...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Consumer Electronics Net (consumerelectronicsnet.com)

Water-proof camcorder captures to SDHC memory cards

 

Camcorders that will work in hostile places can tend to be very expensive. Sun, snow, dust, rain and humidity can all affect the ability to shoot by varying degrees, and the protection that needs to be afforded in the form of specialized housings can...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

For a first-time attempt at an underwater camcorder, the SDR-SW20 is a fairly solid performer. If you already own a camcorder, it will suit perfectly well as a secondary unit for oceanic holidays.

Waterproof/shock-proof/dust-proof design, underwater footage is surprisingly clear, cheap asking price

No hand strap hampers on-land shooting, screen is too reflective, swapping SD cards can be difficult in wet conditions

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Panasonic SDR-SW20 review

 

Taking your camcorder to the beach or on a camping trip is, almost without exception, a terrible idea. Sand, water and dust mix with lenses, tapes and electronics about as well as ice cream and ketchup. But now Panasonic is claiming to have torched the...

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Panasonic's SDR-SW20 compact SD camcorder is built tough so you can shoot in places never before possible. Take it underwater as deep as 5 feet for great video in the pool or ocean. Waterproofing also means you can shoot in the rain or snow with no worries. The SW20 is also shockproof, resisting damage even if dropped from a height of up to 4 feet with improved fortification inside and out. A dustproof design keeps the camcorder safe even if handled with dirty hands or used in a place with swirling dust. Take it to the beach or sports field without worrying about sand. And since its waterproof, simply wash it with water when it gets dirty. This product is small enough to slip in a pocket or bag. Cool enough to take everywhere you go. This is one stylish camcorder you'll never want to be without. The SW20 SD camcorder starts up to record quickly. In Quick Start mode, recording begins in just 0.6 seconds from the time the LCD is opened. This lets you catch those sudden shooting opportunities. The USB port allows you to connect directly to a DVD burner. And copying a recording from an SD card to a DVD disc is as easy as selecting from the menu. To view your video, simply take the SD card from the camcorder and slip it into any TV or DVD player with an SD card slot; there are no cables to worry about. First, transfer the motion-image data from the SD card to your PC using your PC's USB port. Then with the included MotionSD STUDIO 1.3E software, you can easily put scenes in a different order, delete the ones you don't want, and add a wide variety of video effects. Save your results by burning your video production onto DVD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
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:1.3in/2.5in
Weight:1.2lbs/7.9oz
Width:1.3in/2.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-SW20/SDR-SW20R/SDR-SW20S
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Red/Silver
Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.35Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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

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