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Panasonic SDR-H40

We have collected and analyzed 6 expert reviews and 361 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 58/100 and users rate it 74/100. The average review date is Jan 27, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 81/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-H40


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H40 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the image quality and price.

usability, price, image quality

69% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-H40


alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H40 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 42x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (

Panasonic SDR-H40 Review and Prices


The Panasonic SDR-H40 is an entry-level DV camcorder and is another entry into the increasingly popular hard disk drive market. It is designed to compete with the low-end Everio range from JVC and Sony's standard definition HDD camcorders.

Large storage capacity, great handling, powerful zoom and impressive OIS

Poor low light performance, low-quality stills

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


With its 30GB hard drive, SD card slot and 42x optical zoom, the SDR-H40 is a versatile little performer. If you're on the lookout for an affordable standard-def camera for casual use, it is definitely one of the better buys on the market.

Solid video performance for specs and asking price, 30GB hard drive, 42x optical zoom, records to both SD card and HDD

Image quality takes a significant hit under dim lighting

Sep, 2008

Consumer review (

Perfect for every event


For battery though you can buy others from them that last longer from the one it came with to a 7hr 10min. The battery life and not being able charge when recording will being pluged into the wall is the only problems I see so far but buy another batt...

The optical zoom works so good. Controls are so easy to use. There are only a couple buttons on it so not a lot to learn how to use. The count down clock to let you now how much you have left to use in the hard drive is very nice. Also it does that...

The battery that comes with it has a short battery life it only lasts 50min and then it has to be charged and that takes more time 1hr 35min. When useing the AC cable to connect to the wall to keep recording you can not charge the battery because that...

Jan, 2009

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Panasonic SDR-H40 Black/Silver 2.7"LCD 42X Variable Speed Zoom 40GB Hard Disk Drive/SD Hybrid Camcorder


I bought this camera for my church and it works perfectly. the picture is crisp and clear, and it is so easy to use.

no cons

Dec, 2008

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Great choice home-use camcorder!


Okay, this is not a professional camcorder obviously, it is CCD, not 3CCD, but for the money/quality, it is probably one of the best values, if not the best. The picture is good, not perfect, just as you can expect from a CCD and non hi-def; indeed it...

Good picture, great sound, tiny, lightweight, great optical zoom and steady-shot, great HDD space, easy, intuitive controls, great battery life and quick charge. No need to switch tapes, discs or continuously transfer data from memory sticks and other...


Aug, 2008

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Nice for the money


For the price I am happy with it. I wasn't expecting greatness. I have a older Panasonic DV recorder and it work pretty good too. I just wanted a internal HD so it would be easier to transfer video to the PC. You can actually go into the camera HD and...

Small size. A 40 gig internal hard gives you 9 hrs of video on high settings. Pretty good picture quality on play back. I have a 47 inch wide projection TV and it looked pretty good playing back from the camera. Battery charges quick. The zoom works...

To transfer video to the computer you need to have the AC adapter plugged in. Needs a lot of light to give it a better picture quality. The software is kinda buggy and slow but it does work. I have vista 32 sp1.

Jul, 2008

Consumer review (

Great value


Will put it to the test on an up-coming trip to Las Vegas.

42x optical zoom. 40GB hard drive. Very compact/small. Just enough options for your average person. Light weight.

The small size can be a minus for big hands, but I still am happy with it. Also doesn't take the highest quality pictures, but then again it's a camcorder not a camera. It's not Hi-Def. But it also doesn't cost $1000.00+

Apr, 2008

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Panasonic SDR-H40


Newegg provided very quick order and dilivery service. They participate in the Upromise rebate program. I will most likely do business with Newegg in the future.

Many very good features such as the 40 GB hard drive, SD card slot, 42x optical zoom, advanced O.I.S. and a good price. The battery charges very quickly and the camera has a very easy to use menu.

To be honest, I may come-up with some cons later, but for now I like this camera.

Mar, 2008

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great product


this is a great cam corder for the money

Mar, 2010

Consumer review (

great product ”


this is a great cam corder for the money

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

The SDR-H40's 42x optical zoom lens has the power you need to take dramatic closeups or get remarkable shots of even distant subjects. But with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand shake has a huge effect on picture quality. That's where Panasonic's Advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) comes in, suppressing the effects of hand shake as you shoot. The system uses gyrosensors to detect hand shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts the optical axis to compensate. This all happens a remarkable 4,000 times per second. And because the system is optical, no image quality is lost. Thanks to Advanced O.I.S., the images you capture look incredibly clear, sharp and blur-free even at high zoom levels. The SDR-H40's 40GB internal hard disk drive lets you record continuously for up to 36 hours (in LP mode) without changing a disc, tape or other recording media. Panasonic's Anti-Shock Shield helps protect recorded video data from damage due to jolts and impact. The Drop Detect function senses if the camera is falling and moves the head away from the hard disk. The Floating Structure protects the hard disk should the camera fall or be dropped. And the Buffer Memory automatically backs up data while the camera is falling. This hard disk drive camcorder has a USB Host function, which lets you connect directly to a DVD burner (sold seperately) via a USB cable. You can then copy recordings from the hard disk to a DVD disc by simply pressing a button. You can transfer the motion-image data from the SD card or the camcorder's hard drive right to your PC using your PC's USB port.


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


Minimum illumination:2


Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.3 / 0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.36 - 57 / 1.6 - 67.3 / 1.61 - 67.6
Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.36 - 57 / 1.6 - 67.3 / 1.61 - 67.6
Focal length range (f-f):0.0709 - 2.98
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.9-4.3
Max Focal Length:75.6mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:42
Optical Zoom:42
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Manual focus: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4
Power Requirements:DC 7.2/ 9.3 V / DC 7.2/9.3 V / DC 7.2V / 9.3V
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:A/V

Packaging Content

Bundled software:VideoCam Suite 1.0

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000 / 1/30 - 1/8000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Internal storage capacity:40

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes