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Panasonic SDR S50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 232 reviews of Panasonic SDR S50. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The price and zoom are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the image quality, while there are some negative views about the durability and battery.

usability, zoom, price, portability, size

battery, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR S50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR S50


alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Panasonic SDR S50 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The price and zoom also get good views.

usability, zoom, price, image quality, portability

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-S50 Camcorder SD Card, X78 Enhanced Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Af Tracking and Optical Image Stabilisation - BlackPanasonic SDR-S50 Camcorder SD Card, X78 Enhanced Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Af Tracking and Optical Image Stabilisation - Black

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR S50


alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Panasonic SDR S50 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the size and price. The portability and usability also get good views, whereas many are critical about the image quality.

zoom, usability, portability, price, size

image quality

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-S50N Std-Def SD Camcorder with 78X Zoom & Wide angle Lens (Gold)Panasonic SDR-S50N Std-Def SD Camcorder with 78X Zoom & Wide angle Lens (Gold)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Panasonic SDR-S50 review: Panasonic SDR-S50


Panasonic SDR-S50

Very good image stabilization; well-designed; manual controls.

Low-resolution LCD; dated user interface; poor low-light video; no external mic, headphone jacks.

The Panasonic SDR-S50 standard-definition camcorder is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens in a very compact body--not video quality.

Mar, 2010

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Super-zoom SD camcorder


The Panasonic SDR-S50 has one standout feature: its 70x optical zoom, which experts say is valuable if you plan to shoot school plays from the back row or football games from the nosebleed seats. A CNET tester proves the point by shooting a...

Extraordinarily long 70x optical zoom, image stabilizer combats hand shake, full manual controls, price

LCD screen glares in strong light, low-resolution still photos, short battery life for its class, no external microphone, headphone jacks

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic SDR-S50


If your budget can't stretch to HD, but you still want a well specified camcorder, this is definitely one to consider.

Good automatic mode, More features than rivals

Joystick navigation fiddly, SD resolution

May, 2011


Expert review by : Rosemary Hattersley (

Panasonic SDR-S50 review


The Panasonic SDR-S50 camcorder is a standard definition camcorder with some neat tricks to share.

If you want a good value camcorder that can also take the occasional photo on the fly, the Panasonic fits the bill. The Panasonic SDR-S50 lacks HD capture capabilities, but its low price tag, fantastic zoom, great build quality and the wider angle lens...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Tom Royal (

Panasonic SDR-S50 camcorder


Don’t need HD? Take a look at this cheap camcorder Over the past few years we have seen an increasing number of small pocket camcorders that record video to a memory card rather than using a ...

Mar, 2010

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I Love the Panasonic SDR-S50 Camcorder ”


My husband just bought this camcorder for me for Christmas, and I love it. It takes great videos, is easy to use and has so many options. This camcorder is also a camera, and take amazing pictures! iT HAS A 78x ZOOM.

Jan, 2011

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Panasonic = Fail


Received Panasonic S50 Video Camera Xmas 2010. Unit faulty since new; sometimes recognised memory card, sometimes not. Unit finally failed completely Nov. 2011. Sent to Authorised Panasonic Service Agent 16 Nov. 2011. Agents advised parts ordered from...

Totally useless (extended!) warranty.

Feb, 2012

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Panasonic SDR-S50


Reliable brand. Exeptional value for money. Very pleased with product

May, 2011

Consumer review (

Panasonic SDR-S50


Brilliant entry level with lots and lots of extras. Exceptional value for money

None so far!!!

May, 2011

Consumer review (

Panasonic SDR-S50


lightweight & easy to use

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Using an SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card for recording media, the compact SDR-S50 is ideal for daily use. Its superb resistance to external impact combines to give this versatile camcorder easy portability for anytime, anywhere video fun. Video clips recorded on an SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card can be played by simply inserting the card into the card slot of a Panasonic VIERA TV. This compact camcorder features a powerful 70x optical zoom lens with an enhanced optical 78x zoom function that uses the effective area of the CCD to further extend their zooming power at the wide-angle setting. This makes it possible to capture beautiful images of sweeping landscapes and pull in distant subjects for truly dynamic close-ups. Because hand-shake becomes increasingly noticeable with more powerful zooming, an optical image stabilizing function is essential for suppressing hand-shake and providing clear zoom shots without degradation. This is where advanced O.I.S. comes in. It detects and corrects hand-shake at a rate of 4,000 times per second, to provide stable images while zooming. Plus, the addition of an active mode produces clear, blur-resistant images even when shooting while walking. The 33mm wide-angle setting is especially convenient when shooting video indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. This has the added benefit of allowing the voice of the subject to be clearly recorded, which is an important element in video recordings. The wide-angle setting captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame. The iA function includes an AF/AE tracking feature that tracks a moving subject to make sure that it continues to be recorded in optimal image quality. A intelligent contrast control, which automatically adjusts brightness to maintain the best possible contrast, has also been added to the five advanced functions from previous models, including face detection, advanced O.I.S., and intelligent scene selector, and each is activated as required by simply pressing the iA button to capture beautiful images under virtually all shooting situations.


Audio formats supported:AAC / AAC, MP1
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
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


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


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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SDHC Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / SD 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:Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Night scene / Low light / Fireworks / Scenery / Portrait mode / Spotlight


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.52
Optical sensor size:1 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.44 - 101.2 / 1.47 - 103.3
Digital Zoom:100 / 3500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.44 - 101.2 / 1.47 - 103.3
Focal length range (f-f):0.0583 - 4.09
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.9-5.7
Max Focal Length:104mm
Min Focal Length:1.48mm
Optical Zoom:70
Optical Zoom:70 / 78
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.52Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8 / 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
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus:No / Yes
Interface:AV Out / USB 2.0 / USB 2.0, A/V out
Lens focal range:F1.9 - 5.7 / F1.9(WIDE) / 5.7(TELE)
Lens system:Panasonic
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Power Requirements:5 V / AC/DC, 3.6 - 5.0 V
Video out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:VideoCam Suite V3.0

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):640 x 360,640 x 480 / 640 x 480


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Maximum memory card size:64

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / H.264
Digital Zoom:3500
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight