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Panasonic SDR-H18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H18. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and image quality are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the resolution and features.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H18 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H18

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H18 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the battery.

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87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic SDR-H18 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Panasonic SDR-H18

 

Combining the simplicity of SD recording, a roomy 30GB hard drive, a long zoom, and pleasing image quality, the SDR-H18 is a good choice for a standard-definition, hard-drive camcorder.

Records to hard drive or SD card; optical image stabilization; 32X optical zoom; comfortable grip

No macro mode; menu button a bit hard to reach with a thumb; USB jack hidden behind battery; awkward manual control switch

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Panasonic SDR-H18 Hybrid camcorder Review

 

Overall Thoughts The Panasonic SDR-H18 is a relatively easy to use camcorder and can be a great choice for someone who is looking for a entry-level standard definition camcorder that can record a lot of video without switching out tapes or DVDs. The...

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"Good enough video qualty, good for editing."

 

As a person who wishes to start his own production company I was strapped for cash and in need of a camera, HD models werent out yet so I picked this up from Circuit city for about $400 about 4 years ago. It served me well, the videos are easy to take...

Ok Video quality, good for editing.

No support for external Mic, the inability to manually white balance.

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Good enough video qualty, good for editing.

 

As a person who wishes to start his own production company I was strapped for cash and in need of a camera, HD models werent out yet so I picked this up from Circuit city for about $400 about 4 years ago. It served me well, the videos are easy to take...

Ok Video quality, good for editing

No support for external Mic, the inability to manually white balance

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""Excellent Digital Camcorder""

 

Great camcorder for the money. Fantastic Video and Sound Quality A++

This camcorder offers terrific video and audio. The convenience of plenty storage and easy to use functioning.

The USB connector is behind the battery. However, this is feasible due to needing to have the camcorder plugged in. That means, you don't waste your battery life uploading video.

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Panasonic SDR-H18

 

Great camcorder for the money. Fantastic Video and Sound Quality A++

This camcorder offers terrific video and audio. The convenience of plenty storage and easy to use functioning

The USB connector is behind the battery. However, this is feasible due to needing to have the camcorder plugged in. That means, you don't waste your battery life uploading video

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Not very good

 

I borrowed this camcorder and used it for church retreat. I try to transfer files to edit the video clips on my computer... I couldn't do it because it requires to remove the battery to connect the camcorder to my computer!! You can never do that on...

it has good quality and gives you steady picture

must take out the battery in order to use the USB cable

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"Not very good"

 

I borrowed this camcorder and used it for church retreat. I try to transfer files to edit the video clips on my computer... I couldn't do it because it requires to remove the battery to connect the camcorder to my computer!! You can never do that on...

it has good quality and gives you steady picture

must take out the battery in order to use the USB cable.

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Average camera produces files that cannot be edited

 

The camera is okay, but the .mod files it produces are virtually impossible to edit. The provided software is a joke, and customer service is terrible. Avoid this or any other hard drive camera until file type issues have been worked out.

Good size, decent controls

Average video quality, but the video cannot be edited

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"Average camera produces files that cannot be edited"

 

The camera is okay, but the .mod files it produces are virtually impossible to edit. The provided software is a joke, and customer service is terrible. Avoid this or any other hard drive camera until file type issues have been worked out.

Good size, decent controls

Average video quality, but the video cannot be edited

Product Specifications

Panasonic's SDR-H18 is an SD Card / Hard Disk Palmcorder Camcorder with 30GB HDD long-time recording and 32x optical zoom.

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:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:2.9in
Weight:15.2oz
Width:2.8in

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-H18
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:460Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:600Kpix
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

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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