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Panasonic HDC-SD1

We have collected and analyzed 35 expert reviews and 77 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 88/100. The average review date is Nov 25, 2007. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 87/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the size. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic - HDC-SD1 - High Definition SD CamcorderPanasonic - HDC-SD1 - High Definition SD Camcorder

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size


88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Panasonic HDC-SD1 review


One advantage of using flash memory cards as a recording medium in camcorders is that they facilitate smaller designs. The body of Panasonic's 1.1-pound HDC-SD1, which records high-definition 1,440x1,080 AVCHD video to SD cards, is a mite smaller than...

Generally high-quality video and decent stills; nice manual feature set.

Sluggish autofocus; poor automatic white balance; uncomfortable design with some poor feature implementations.

A solid SD-based camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 nevertheless suffers from a few performance issues and an annoying design.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Alan Stafford (

Panasonic HDC-SD1


I was skeptical about a camcorder that records high-definition video onto an SD Card. What kind of compression is going on behind the scenes to make it fit? My doubts soon faded--the Panasonic HDC-SD1 captures (and stores) video of exceptional quality....

Excellent video quality ; HDMI and component ports

No video editing app supports its capture format ; Included software is rough and limited

The video from this HD camcorder looks great, but few video-editing applications will let you edit its output.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Charlie White (

Panasonic HDC-SD1


The HDC-SD1 was the smallest and lightest camcorder we tested, and the easiest one to use. It offers few buttons to confuse you and no viewfinder, but wait a minute—that's a frickin' 3-inch viewscreen, which seems huge compared to the others'...

Small, light, easy to use. Super-sharp res, kickin' image stabilization

Low-light a tad grainy; slightly bluish video with auto white balance

And to think, 40 minutes of crisp, clean video fits onto that tiny 4GB SDHC flash memory card at the camera’s highest quality setting. The best news of all is the rock-bottom street price—we’ve seen this bauble selling for just north of $800. Remarkable.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


On the runway this year, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 ($1299 MSRP) is turning heads. It's small, sexy, and generates an appealing video image in bright light. The SD1 is also the first AVCHD camcorder to record directly onto bite-sized SDHC cards, and...

Compact, - Silent operation, - Manual control set

Noisy compression, - Editing solutions few and processor intensive, - Handling

May, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (

Panasonic HDC-SD1 Camcorder Review


The HDC-SD1 ($1299 MSRP) and HDC-DX1 camcorders from Panasonic mark the company's first foray into consumer high definition video. They join a burgeoning niche of $1000 - $1300 HD camcorders. Unlike the DX1, which records to DVD, the HDC-SD1 is the...

The HDC-SD1 looks great, has an earthquake-beating OIS system, and produces decent HD video (more so when compared to standard definition camcorders rather than HDV camcorders). It's also a Panasonic that point-and-shooters won't be intimidated by,...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Guy Bruner (

Panasonic HDC-SD1 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-SD1 is one of the first consumer high-definition camcorders to use the Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) recording format. The HDC-SD1 records 1440 x 1080 interlaced, anamorphic video that is compressed using the H.264 AVC...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : (

Panasonic HDC-SD1 Video


At the consumer electronics show in January Popular Electronics took a look at the Panasonic HDC-SD1 camcorder. The 3CCD AVCHD camcorder is extreamly compact and records video onto an SD card.

May, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

Panasonic HDC-SD1


Panasonic manages to pack three 1/4-inch CCDs, each with a gross pixel count of 560,000, into the HDC-SD1's minuscule frame. In bright light (3000 lux), the SD1's image is clean, with strong lines and borders that rivals the Canon HV20's image. The...

May, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (

Panasonic HDC-SD1


The Panasonic HDC-SD1 is equipped with three 1/4" CCDs, each offering a gross pixel count of 560,000 and an effective pixel count of 520,000

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The current editing limitations are significant, but once the software catches up, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 will be an excellent camcorder.

Captures and stores video of exceptional quality, 5.1 channel audio

Compression format means you can't edit video yet, limited included software

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., HDC-SD1 is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures. Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus. Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures. This model offers the high quality wide images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16: 9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16: 9 screen TV or a conventional 4: 3 TV. This model also features a high-density, 250, 000-pixel, wide 3.0-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16: 9 mode. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide. The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:3
Display Resolution:250000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Built-in flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SDHC Memory Card
Storage Capacity:4GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:1.6

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.52 - 18.2
Digital Zoom:700
Filter size:1.69
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.52 - 18.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.157 - 1.89
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.5Mpix/520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.7Mpix/560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Photo mode: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD/None

Weight & Dimensions