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Panasonic SDR-S15

We have collected and analyzed 5 expert reviews and 146 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 50/100 and users rate it 89/100. The average review date is Dec 10, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 18, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-S15 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The size and portability also get good feedback.

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This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-S15 Flash Memory Camcorder With SD Card Slot - BlackPanasonic SDR-S15 Flash Memory Camcorder With SD Card Slot - Black

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Panasonic SDR-S15 review


The Panasonic SDR-S15 has a generous 2.7in screen for near instantaneous startup (officially 0.6 seconds) plus shot composition and review. And it's easy to hold, if you closed your hand around it to make a fist the camcorder itself would almost...

The Panasonic SDR-S15 shoots only in standard definition but is armed with a vast set of features for ‘proper’ video recording, including a 10x optical zoom, a front-mounted light and stereo sound. If you want a ‘real’ camcorder, this would be a decent...

Apr, 2009

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Panasonic SDR-S15 Camcorder


It has a simple look and records to SDHC or SD memory cards. It has 2.6 inch screen and takes 0.6 seconds to start and is easy to hold. It is so small that when it is held with both hands, it will almost look like a small toy.

Because of the high quality of picture and sound recorded it is a wonderful choice for those who want the high quality memories that such a camcorder can bring. Though it has standard VGA video recording, it has many additional features that are...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Panasonic SDR-S15


The Panasonic SDR-S15 looks like a traditional camcorder, and records to SD or SDHC card.

The Panasonic SDR-S15 shoots only in standard definition but is armed with a vast set of features for ‘proper’ video recording, including a 10x optical zoom, a front-mounted light and stereo sound. If you want a ‘real' camcorder, this would be a decent...

Apr, 2009

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Panasonic SDRS15EBK Black Flash Camcorder


I'm sure you'll love this flash camcorder from Panasonic. With so many on the market and so much competition, it's hard to know what's exactly for you, and what exactly you need to be worrying about when it comes to considering your purchase. I hope...

Highly recommended. Another great item from Panasonic. Find it for around £150 from major retailers, or look online on sites such as Amazon and Ebay for an additional discount. It’s also worth looking at clearance outlets (both mortar and brick and...

Jul, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-S15


Simple to use and gives a recording of a good quality for the price.

Lens shutter doesn't always close properly.

Jul, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-S15


easy to use. excellent picture quality.

battery life is very poor.

Jun, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-S15


very easy to use, good size to put in handbag or pocket

can''t think of any

Jun, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-S15


Bought for my daughter. Very compact & light. Good value for money.

May, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-S15


A good camera for the price. Small and easy to use.

Mar, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-S15


small & light. SD card was one reason for purchase, as had previous DV tapes getting twisted

My wife doesn't like restricted zoom. Perhaps should have got the 70x, but most people say it's too long for steady shots. Not over impressed with picture quality, but guess it's ok for the price.

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

The SDR-S15 is a stylish model with an ultra-compact, go-anywhere design. It offers a small size, light weight and superb mobility made possible by SD/SDHC memory cards, letting you shoot video with the same casual ease and carry-about convenience they enjoy with small digital camcorders. For occasions when in the past it may have seemed a bit awkward to pull out a camcorder, such as on short outings or business trips, the SDR-S15 is ideal. The implemented intelligent auto mode function automatically activates several convenient shooting assist functions. These functions include 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 quick start function allows the SDR-S15 camcorder to begin recording just 0.6-second from the time the LCD is opened and this around a third of the time that it takes for a camcorder that records onto DVD discs to start, making it easier to catch those special moments that come with no warning. The SDR-S15 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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2 / 6


Color of product:Black / Brown / Red / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

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 / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

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

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.74 - 17.4 / 1.75 - 17.5
Digital Zoom:25 / 700
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.74 - 17.4 / 1.75 - 17.5
Focal length range (f-f):0.0906 - 0.906
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.35Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.4
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):2.9
Power Requirements:DC3.6V / 5.0V
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

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC

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:700
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes