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Panasonic HDC-SD1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and price. The portability and image quality also get good views, but some have doubts about the connectivity and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the design and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic - HDC-SD1 - High Definition SD CamcorderPanasonic - HDC-SD1 - High Definition SD Camcorder

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the viewfinder. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, design

viewfinder

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

 

Panasonic's HDV arrival is markedly different from Sony's

Great picture performance in highest HD setting ; Easy to use quickly ; Dolby 5.0 channel surround sound

No SD mode or viewfinder

Brilliant performance, great handling - and even with all those features, it's still really easy to use

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

 

The new format on the block allows Panny's slimmed-down AVCHD camcorder to save HD video to teeny SD cards

The SD1 looks stunning, and performs even better. If this is what AVCHD delivers, then we’re totally sold

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

The new format on the block allows Panny's slimmed-down AVCHD camcorder to save HD video to teeny SD cards

The SD1 looks stunning, and performs even better. If this is what AVCHD delivers, then we're totally sold

Jun, 2007

Recommended!

Expert review by: Benny Har-Even (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 High Definition SD Camcorder

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD1 high definition camcorder ditches tapes for SD cards - is the future of camcorders here?

The HDC-SD1 is a fantastic cutting edge piece of technology that finally does away with the need for tapes. It's small and light, delightfully easy to use and most of all takes superb high definition images. The AVCHD codec means that few editing...

May, 2007

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

We were initially sceptical about the concept of a camcorder that records HD (high-definition) video to an SD (secure digital) card. What kind of compression is going on to make so much data fit into such a small amount of storage space? Our doubts...

The Panasonic is perhaps a little ahead of its time, and is currently quite hard to find in the UK. However, the technology works brilliantly and, as soon as there's some decent software available that'll allow you to make use of its fantastic...

Apr, 2007

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

By eliminating tapes and disks in favour of SD memory cards as a recording medium, Panasonic has made the HDC-SD1 one of the worlds smallest and most reliable High Definition (1080i) camcorders. To get the most from its HD recording capability, the...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Digital Arts (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

HDC-SD1 review

 

We were sceptical about a camcorder that records high-definition video onto an SD Card. The Panasonic HDC-SD1, however, captures (and stores) video of exceptional quality for a sub-£1,000 model. Yet, the compression format it uses introduces a...

Very small size. Relatively high-quality video

Few manual controls. No pro audio inputs. Limited editing support in major video applications

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition video camera

 

This is a superb little solid-state, consumer-orientated, high definition video camera that will set the standard against which all other models will be compared for the forseeable future.

Expert review by: Charlie White (maximumpc.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

The HDC-SD1 was the smallest and lightest camcorder we tested, and the easiest one to use. It offers few buttons to confuse you and no viewfinder, but wait a minute—that's a frickin' 3-inch viewscreen, which seems huge compared to the others'...

Small, light, easy to use. Super-sharp res, kickin' image stabilization

Low-light a tad grainy; slightly bluish video with auto white balance

And to think, 40 minutes of crisp, clean video fits onto that tiny 4GB SDHC flash memory card at the camera’s highest quality setting. The best news of all is the rock-bottom street price—we’ve seen this bauble selling for just north of $800. Remarkable.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The current editing limitations are significant, but once the software catches up, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 will be an excellent camcorder.

Captures and stores video of exceptional quality, 5.1 channel audio

Compression format means you can't edit video yet, limited included software

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., HDC-SD1 is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures. Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus. Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures. This model offers the high quality wide images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16: 9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16: 9 screen TV or a conventional 4: 3 TV. This model also features a high-density, 250, 000-pixel, wide 3.0-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16: 9 mode. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide. The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.7cm
Height:6.7cm
Weight:430g
Width:7.4cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:7.62
Display Resolution:250000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SDHC Memory Card
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-SD1/HDC-SD1EG-S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1.6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):38.5 - 462
Focal length range (f-f):4 - 48
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.5Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.7Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Photo mode: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.7
Height :6.7
Weight:430
Width:7.41