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Panasonic SDR-H18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H18. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and zoom. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability, while there are some mixed views about the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, price

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H18 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H18

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H18 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the zoom and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the viewfinder and battery get critical reviews.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

reliability, battery, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H18 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic SDR-H18 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Panasonic SDR-H18 review: Panasonic SDR-H18

 

Records to hard drive or SD card; optical image stabilization; 32X optical zoom; comfortable grip.

No macro mode; menu button a bit hard to reach with a thumb; USB jack hidden behind battery; awkward manual control switch.

Combining the simplicity of SD recording, a roomy 30GB hard drive, a long zoom, and pleasing image quality, the SDR-H18 is a good choice for a standard-definition, hard-drive camcorder.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : About.com (about.com)

Panasonic SDR-H18 Hybrid camcorder Review

 

Overall Thoughts The Panasonic SDR-H18 is a relatively easy to use camcorder and can be a great choice for someone who is looking for a entry-level standard definition camcorder that can record a lot of video without switching out tapes or DVDs. The...

May, 2008

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-H18 review: Panasonic SDR-H18

 

Records to hard drive or SD card; optical image stabilization; 32X optical zoom; comfortable grip.

No macro mode; menu button a bit hard to reach with a thumb; USB jack hidden behind battery; awkward manual control switch.

Combining the simplicity of SD recording, a roomy 30GB hard drive, a long zoom, and pleasing image quality, the SDR-H18 is a good choice for a standard-definition, hard-drive camcorder.

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Easy to Use!

 

We bought this Palmcorder basically to tape my daughter's gymnastics meets. We are very satisfied with the quality and performance thus far. The software that is included works okay but isn't the greatest for editing and producing quality movies. It is...

Very good zoom! Excellent volume when played back. Easy to use

Software is hard to use. Hard to understand how to edit/burn a movie to DVD

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Easy to Use!

 

We bought this Palmcorder basically to tape my daughter's gymnastics meets. We are very satisfied with the quality and performance thus far. The software that is included works okay but isn't the greatest for editing and producing quality movies. It is...

Very good zoom! Excellent volume when played back. Easy to use

Software is hard to use. Hard to understand how to edit/burn a movie to DVD

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (viewpoints.com)

No manual required, point and shoot! ”

 

I wanted a camcorder that wouldn't need endless tape or disc replacement. With this Panasonic model, i never have to buy anymore accessories. just download video and pictures directly to my computer, up to 16 hours! I could go on vacation for a week,...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (viewpoints.com)

exactly what we needed

 

My wife bought this for me as an early birthday present - so we could take it on our honeymoon. The camera has good battery life, but when you travel make sure charge the battery nightly. The camera is very light and easy to carry around. Taking video...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review (viewpoints.com)

exactly what we needed ”

 

My wife bought this for me as an early birthday present - so we could take it on our honeymoon. The camera has good battery life, but when you travel make sure charge the battery nightly. The camera is very light and easy to carry around. Taking video...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Average

 

So, after reviewing camera after camera in the $500.00 price range I chose this Panasonic model. It was a coin flip between this one and the JVC Everio-G GZ-MG255. I eventually chose this one due to better reviews on this and other sites. First off, ...

Small, Easy To Use

Jerky, POOR Backlighting, Difficult Software

Jan, 2008

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Average

 

So, after reviewing camera after camera in the $500.00 price range I chose this Panasonic model. It was a coin flip between this one and the JVC Everio-G GZ-MG255. I eventually chose this one due to better reviews on this and other sites.

Small, Easy To Use

Jerky, POOR Backlighting, Difficult Software

Jan, 2008
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Product Specifications

Panasonic's SDR-H18 is an SD Card / Hard Disk Palmcorder Camcorder with 30GB HDD long-time recording and 32x optical zoom.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:2.9in
Weight:15.2oz
Width:2.8in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-H18
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:460Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:600Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder