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Panasonic SDR-H80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 362 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H80. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and price are overall positive. The zoom and portability also get good reviews, but there are some mixed views about the battery. There are some less positive views about the viewfinder and image quality.

usability, portability, zoom, price, size

image quality, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-H80


alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H80 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the memory and zoom. The durability and portability also get good reviews. Many are critical about the reliability and size.

usability, portability, durability, zoom, memory

size, reliability

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H80 Camcorder With 60GB Hard Disc Drive & SD Card Compatibility - SilverPanasonic SDR-H80 Camcorder With 60GB Hard Disc Drive & SD Card Compatibility - Silver

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-H80


alaTest has collected and analyzed 179 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H80 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and price are on the whole positive. The zoom and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the color and durability.

usability, portability, zoom, price, design

image quality, durability, color

61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H80 SD and HDD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic SDR-H80 SD and HDD Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Panasonic SDR-H80 review: Panasonic SDR-H80


Panasonic SDR-H80

Manual controls; 60GB hard drive; 70x optical zoom with stabilization.

Mediocre video quality; USB, power input behind battery.

The Panasonic SDR-H80 has the zoom power of a telescope and a lot of storage in a compact body, but the video results are not nearly as thrilling.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Misty Faucheux (

Panasonic SDR-H80: Great for Amateurs


Panasonic SDR-H80 is a standard-definition, low-end camcorder. But, there's more than meets the eye with this camcorder. It's easy to use and creates quality video.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Ricky (

Panasonic SDR-H80 Digital Camcorder Review, Prices


In the world of electronics choices are unlimited, there are new products coming out each day and the new ones are always out doing the older versions and adding to the latest collection is the new Panasonic SDR H80 camcorder bringing you the latest...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Panasonic SDR-H80-K digital video camcorder


A Panasonic camcorder with 70x optical zoom and 60GB hard drive.

70x optical zoom lens, 60GB inbuilt memory, good value for money

Picture quality could be a bit better, rubbish Web mode

The Panasonic SDR-H80 is an excellent hard disk-based camcorder with plenty of user-friendly features. If you're in the market for an affordable standard-def camcorder, this model will not disappoint.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Alastair Upham (

Panasonic SDR-H80 review


More than just your average HDD cam…

Excellent zoom ; Stylish finish ; Responsive auto modes

Gimmicky You Tube function ; Low levels of detail ; Protruding battery

This cam still offers enough to make it stand out from the crowd

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Panasonic SDR-H80


The Panasonic SDR-H80 has the zoom power of a telescope and offers plenty of storage in a compact body, but the video results aren't nearly as thrilling.

Full manual controls ; 60GB hard drive ; 70x optical zoom with stabilisation

Mediocre video quality ; USB and power input are located behind the battery

The zoom range offered by the Panasonic SDR-H80 is incredible given the price, as is the amount of storage. You can shoot video of the moon and stars, as well as capture nosebleeds in all their glory at sporting events. If capturing those things is all...

Jun, 2009

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Panasonic SDR-H80 review


For capturing events such as weddings, we'd recommend an HD camcorder such as the HDC-SD9.

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (

Panasonic Review


I was not very satisfied with this product at all. I purchased this for $300 at either HSN or QVC (I can't remember) and I was very excited to get it. Once I got it and tried it out I was quite dissapointed. I noticed the picture was quite grainy ...

Easy to use

Grainy picture indoors

Dec, 2011

Consumer review (

A little disappointed ”


I really love the Panasonic brand. I swear by my Panasonic point and shoot and have convinced many people to buy the same one that I have. So, when we were shopping for a video camera, I thought I would stick with a brand I know and trust. The price...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review (

Best Value Camera/Camcorder ever


When I began looking for a camcorder, I was limited in resources, but I wanted the best I could get in my budget range. This user friendly camera has pleasantlysurprised me with the quality of the shots, the powerful zoom, the excellent battery life...

Oct, 2010

Product Specifications

The hybrid camcorder SDR-H80 can record either on its built-in hard disk drive or on SD/SDHC memory card. Besides the high capacity HDD this camcorder features a powerful 70x optical zoom combined with an advanced optical image stabilization system that corrects hand-shake around 4,000 times per second. The implemented Intelligent Auto mode function automatically activates several convenient shooting assist functions. These functions include Advanced O.I.S. Face Detection, which adjusts exposure settings in order to capture faces perfectly; and the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines shooting conditions and selects scene settings accordingly. The SDR-H80 camcorder features the YouTube Uploader function that makes video uploading super easy! Simply set the camcorder to "Web Mode" and it will record the movie in a YouTube compatible format. After shooting connect the camcorder via USB to a PC and the YouTube Uploader automatically starts. Simply follow the procedure to upload your video clips to the YouTube video-sharing site. The SDR-H80 camcorder offers a function that simplifies the process of copying recordings from the memory card or hard disk drive to a DVD. Simply connect the camcorder to a VW-BN1 DVD burner and press the button. No PC is required. A DVD disc created this way can be easily played directly from a DVD player.


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Video recording time:54

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:2 / 6
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Blue / Red / Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:704 x 576

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 / Scenery / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8 / 8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.46 - 102 / 1.52 - 106.1
Digital Zoom:100 / 3500
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.46 - 102 / 1.52 - 106.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.0591 - 4.13 / 1.49 - 104.1
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.9-5.7
Max Focal Length:105mm
Min Focal Length:1.5mm
Optical Zoom:70
Optical Zoom:70
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.38Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8 ) / 3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.9 - 5.7
Audio Output:1
Audio recording formats:MPEG1
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0, A/V out
Lens system:Panasonic
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8
Power Requirements:DC7.2V / 9.3V
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:VideoCam Suite V2.0

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:60

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:3500
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes