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Panasonic SDR-H18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 170 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H18. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive views about the viewfinder and battery. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

battery, viewfinder

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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(Based on 170 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. Views about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, battery, viewfinder

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

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: About.com (about.com)

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...

May, 2008

Consumer review by: tj_ytr (shopzilla.com)

Awesome Picture Quality, Easy to Use, GREAT CAMERA!

 

Picture quality, ease of use, functionality, light weight,

Supplied software is junk, easy work around though.

Jun, 2007
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Consumer review by: jdjd (shopzilla.com)

So poor, Panasonic doesn't acknowledge the product.

 

Compact, no tape rewinding

Low pict resolution, poor compatibility, no customer support

May, 2007

Consumer review by: bhgymteach (epinions.com)

Easy to Use!

 

We bought this Palmcorder basically to tape my daughter's gymnastics meets. We are very satisfied with the quality and performance thus far. The software that is included works okay but isn't the greatest for editing and producing quality movies. It is...

Very good zoom! Excellent volume when played back. Easy to use

Software is hard to use. Hard to understand how to edit/burn a movie to DVD

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: bhgymteach (shopping.com)

Easy to Use!

 

We bought this Palmcorder basically to tape my daughter's gymnastics meets. We are very satisfied with the quality and performance thus far. The software that is included works okay but isn't the greatest for editing and producing quality movies. It is...

Very good zoom! Excellent volume when played back. Easy to use

Software is hard to use. Hard to understand how to edit/burn a movie to DVD

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: red850chik (viewpoints.com)

No manual required, point and shoot! ”

 

I wanted a camcorder that wouldn't need endless tape or disc replacement. With this Panasonic model, i never have to buy anymore accessories. just download video and pictures directly to my computer, up to 16 hours! I could go on vacation for a week,...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: bsh9 (viewpoints.com)

exactly what we needed

 

My wife bought this for me as an early birthday present - so we could take it on our honeymoon. The camera has good battery life, but when you travel make sure charge the battery nightly. The camera is very light and easy to carry around. Taking video...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: bsh9 (viewpoints.com)

exactly what we needed ”

 

My wife bought this for me as an early birthday present - so we could take it on our honeymoon. The camera has good battery life, but when you travel make sure charge the battery nightly. The camera is very light and easy to carry around. Taking video...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: softorama (pricegrabber.com)

Good value for money for someone looking for SD camcorder

 

I wanted to buy High Definition camcorder and got this instead due to two reasons. 1. Price - this camcorder cost $350. That was great price compared to similar models from other brands. 2. Zoom - The camcorder has much higer zooms than High...

Simple to use. Built-in HDD storage. Doubles as still camera. Large zoom.

Picture quality is not great when viewed on HD Television

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: freetime296 (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic SDR-H18 30Gb HD Camcorder

 

I bought this camcorder two months ago from Circuit City with a final price of $337 and it really worth it. It's small, light and very easy to use. The 32X zoom is very convenient and the sound quality is much better than my old Panasonic camcorder....

32X steady zoom, amazing sound quality and good video quality

Video quality at low light and no flash light

Jan, 2008

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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