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Panasonic PalmCam PV-SD4090

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the flash and battery are generally positive. The screen and storage are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical comments about the features and viewfinder. Views about the value for money and performance are mixed.

usability, storage, screen, battery, flash

portability, color, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic PalmCam PV-SD4090 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

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Panasonic PV-SD4090


The Panasonic PV-SD4090 SuperDisk PalmCam has a 0.37" CCD imager with over 1.3 million pixels that captures 1,280 x 960 pixel images. Recording options include still images, still images with 5 seconds of audio, 10-second 320x240 QuickTime movies with...

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Panasonic PV-SD4090


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Great Camera cool pics

not enough pixels


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pv-sd4090 and Nero cd buring software




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Great throw away camera


large viewer and easy to read menu

Camera seems to have aged. Prints are lacking in sharpness

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great camera


great pics, easy to use

disk eject button is very akward, in fact, mine broke

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic PalmCam PV-SD4090


alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Panasonic PalmCam PV-SD4090 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, usability, performance, screen, battery

portability, viewfinder

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-SD4090 1.3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

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A lot of camera for the money.


I purchased my camera about a year ago through an on line auction. I was totally amazed at all of the features that this medium sized camera is packed with.

Loaded with features. Supper easy to use.

A little bulky and $$$$.

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Nice camera


I have been using this camera for a long time now and have never had a problem with it. This digital camera is not just a camera it is a super disk drive as well and I use it for both. I mostly us it as a super disk drive because it works really good...

Rechargeable Battery, Easy to use, super disk drive

Heavy, Big

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Panasonic SuperDisk PalmCam


Product Specifications

Panasonic's first digital camera with a high-capacity SuperDisk drive, the Panasonic PV-SD4090 PalmCam SuperDisk digital camera is an advanced model that takes the PalmCam digital camera line further into the computer age. The PV-SD4090 saves its images on a 120MB SuperDisk diskette, which can hold up to 1, 500 images. The camera is also compatible with traditional 1.44MB floppy disks, which will hold up to 17 images. The PV-SD4090 digital camera uses a 1.3 million-pixel charged coupled device (CCD) to take photos that are extremely crisp and vivid. These images can then be viewed on the built-in, bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, and deleted if desired or saved for later use. To view, e-mail or incorporate preferred images into personal or business documents, remove the SuperDisk diskette or floppy disk from the camera, place it into the corresponding SuperDisk or floppy drive on a standard PC and retrieve the image file. The SuperDisk camera is also USB-compatible, enabling the camera to be connected via the included cable, to the USB port on a PC or MAC for a much faster data transfer rate than the usual serial port connection. And, when connected to the computer via the USB cable, the camera can also double as an eternal SuperDisk drive to backup all of your data. The camera uses one lithium ion battery, which can be recharged in the included charger. The camera also features a built-in flash for low-light situations and an automatic multiple flash function to reduce the occurrence of "red eyes" in the subjects. The PalmCam digital camera is equipped with a 3: 1 optical zoom for close up shots, equivalent to a 34-102mm lens on a standard 35mm camera. An added 2x digital zoom can also be used for picking up details of faraway images. Other features include a self-timer and automatic white balance. The aperture can be set at F2.8 or F8, and shutter speed is automatically adjusted from 1/30th to 1/750th of a second. (1/4th to 1/750th of a second in slow shutter mode.)

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic PalmCam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Max Focal Length:15.6mm
Min Focal Length:5.2mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:0.37"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 0.37 ) / 9.4 mm ( 0.37" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:1.3Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:LS-120 (SuperDisk)

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:2
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None