Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Panasonic SDR-SW21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the zoom and usability are overall positive. The build quality and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but the features and value for money get critical comments.

portability, image quality, build quality, usability, zoom

value for money, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-SW21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

See all Panasonic Camcorders

Review analysis

(Based on 59 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 40 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 40 of 40 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (14)

Consumer review by:

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW21

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 12 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW21 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, build quality, usability, battery, resolution

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-SW21 Flash Memory Underwater & Sports Camcorder With SD Card Slot - OrangePanasonic SDR-SW21 Flash Memory Underwater & Sports Camcorder with SD Card Slot - OrangePanasonic SDR-SW21 Flash Memory Underwater & Sports Camcorder With SD Card Slot - Green

Consumer review by:

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW21 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, build quality, portability, zoom, usability

value for money

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-SW21-S Shock & Waterproof Camcorder (Silver)Panasonic SDR-SW21 Shock & Waterproof Camcorder (Orange)Panasonic SDR-SW21 Shock & Waterproof Camcorder (Orange)

Expert review by:

Panasonic SDR-SW21 Rugged Camcorder

 

James tries out Panasonic's toughest camcorder to date.

Dropping the SW20 in deep water was allegedly a more significant problem. Not only could this mean the camcorder disappeared for good, if you did manage to find it and it had fallen well below 1.5m, its seals might have breached and damage been caused....

ADVERTISEMENT

Expert review by:

Stuff magazine

 

Waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, is there nothing this compact SD-card, MPEG2 camcorder can't handle?

Waterproof and shockproof powers mean this camcorder can roll with the punches – but its movie performance is far from knockout

Expert review by:

Panasonic SDR-SW21EF

 

Not only is Panasonic's SW21 waterproof to a depth of 2m but it's also shockproof (up to 1.2m) and dustproof too. It's a standard definition camcorder, recording movies and stills to SD/SDHC cards. These files can be uploaded quickly and easily to...

The practicality of having a camcorder that’s this durable is a big plus point. However, with a price tag of over £300 the video quality just doesn’t pass muster. Upgrade it to HD and take a look at the pricing of other pocket-sized high-def shooters...

Expert review by:

Panasonic SDR-SW21 Waterproof Camera Non-Review

 

This camera doesn't deserve a review; it deserves a warning. It is one of the most expensive rugged cams, but takes only 640×480 SD video a...

Consumer review by:

Panasonic SDR-SW21

 

Panasonic has announced the new SDR-SW21 camcorder which is waterproof and shockproof. Should be a great camcorder for people who like to go trekking in the nature or are known to be a bit careless with their equipment. Some key features for the...

no

no

Consumer review by:

Water Proof SD card Camcoder(Panasonic SDR-SW210)

 

CCD Lens Panasonic lens Focal length=2.3-23mm F/Stop=1.8-2.4 Zoom 10x Optical 10-25x Digital 10-700x Super Digital * 2.7" Wide LCD * Electronic Image Stabilization * Intelligent Auto * Easy Uploading to YouTube * Dustproof * Shockproof Panasonic...

Too many

None

Consumer review by:

Panasonic SDR-SW21

 

The underwater picture quality is excellent, just what I wanted. 2 x Record buttons very useful too, Esp for videoing children. You can operate the camera at waist hight instead of having to get down on the floor with the children. However I find I...

Only the accidental zoom mentioned above when using the side record button to record at waist hight

Product Specifications

The SDR-SW21 camcorder combines a rugged, compact body with waterproofing that allows use in seawater to a depth of 2 meters, shockproofing that protects against falls from up to 1.2 meters, and dustproofing. This camcorder, offering its small size, light weight and superb mobility made possible by SD/SDHC memory cards, let users shoot video with the same casual ease and carry-about convenience they enjoy with small digital still camcorders. A waterproof design, taking advantage of the water resistance of an SD/SDHC memory card, lets you use the SDR-SW21 camcorder underwater to a depth of 2 meters. The SDR-SW21 camcorder can even be used in seawater, so users can take moving images of friends snorkeling or tropical fish darting in and out of coral reefs. You can use the SDR-SW21 camcorder at the beach, a ski resort, or a host of other active, outdoor situations where you wouldn't dare use a conventional camcorder. Unlike recording media such as hard disk drives or DVD discs, SD/SDHC memory cards require no drive mechanism. This gives the SDR-SW21 camcorder sufficient impact resistance to prevent malfunction when dropped from up to 1.2 meters. Combined with its dustproof and waterproof features, this makes it the ideal camcorder for anytime use outdoors, in active situations, and for casual everyday video shooting. The SDR-SW21 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.

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:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:2.5in
Weight:8.4oz
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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-SW21D/SDR-SW21G/SDR-SW21S
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:Green/Orange/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