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Panasonic HDC-SD900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD900. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, 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 image quality are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the memory and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD900 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The zoom and reliability get mixed reviews. Some have doubts about the durability.

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97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SD900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring)Panasonic SD900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Steve May (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 - Pocket-lint


Panasonic has slashed the entry price of DIY 3D by expanding its range of 3D compatible camcorders and making the conversion lens an optional £280 accessory.

Fabulous HD image quality in both AVCHD and 1080/50p modes, comprehensive feature specification, excellent Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization system, bright 3.5-inch touchscreen monitor, 3D ready

Optional 3D conversion lens is expensive at £280, 3D depth can seem a little restricted, and you can’t zoom

Overall, the HDC-SD900 is a terrific high-def camcorder. The fact that you can bolt a 3D lens on should be considered a secondary bonus. The model is light, has a superior Leica-certified lens and delivers astonishingly fine pictures. For those that...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Robert Hull (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 review


A Full HD camcorder brimming with manual controls and 14.2MP stills

Superior movie quality ; Digital Cinema mode ; Tactile and large 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD ; Range of manual and advanced features ; Quality of 14.2MP stills

Viewfinder too small/unnecessary ; Best audio requires external mic ; Practical 3D shooting still some way off

Panasonic is quite possibly trying to hit every target with the HDC-SD900 – and it may just do it. This is a Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p camcorder, which benefits from three 2.53MP sensors, uses the AVCHD recording format and has enough manual features and...

Feb, 2011


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Panasonic HDC-SD900 review


The Panasonic HDC-SD800 impressed us with its superb image quality. The HDC-SD900 has the same sensor and lens, but adds a high-resolution screen, some additional controls and an electronic viewfinder.

Amazing video quality and easy to use manual controls. The best high-end camcorder we've seen.

Apr, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD900


The Panasonic HDC-SD900 is aimed discerning consumer who is looking for quality over style. At 66mm x 72mm x 146mm (W/H/D), the HDC-SD900 is not a pocket friendly camera, but it makes up for it with features. We got about 120 minutes out of the battery...

At a shade under £1000, this camera is not to be purchased on a whim, however we feel that the multitude of features and manual control settings really make this camcorder shine. If you are a budding filmmaker or want something more from your home...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Steve May (

Panasonic HDC-SD900 camcorder


Review The HDC-SD900 was the first of Panasonic's expanded 3D camcorder range to arrive in the UK. It sits below the HDC-TM900 and HDC-HS900 (which offer 32GB memory and 220GB HDD respectively), but shares the same functionality, recording Full HD and...

Overall, the HDC-SD900 is great value for money. I would rate its 2D picture quality as outstanding for the price and the feature spread ticks all the right boxes. As a hobbyist shooter it’s well above average, and for prosumers (needing 1080/50p) it...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Alexandra Savvides (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


The SD900 is part of the next crop of camcorders that focus on image quality. There's also a set of fun features thrown in for good measure too, with an optional 3D lens and touchscreen.

The SD900 will be available from the end of February for AU$1499. The HS900, the higher-end model, will be available in March for AU$2099.

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Karen (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


HD format not compatible with mac

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Thomas (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


1080p @ 50 fps

cool stuff like timelapse can only be done in 1080i and only on Panasonics terms which is really rubbish. Battery can only be charged in camera. Has a built in fan to keep it cool and like all mechanical things this is bound to clog or fail long before...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: NAS (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


Excellent video and photos

A battery with longer time is required

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Keith (

Panasonic HDC-SD900


Beautiful video quality esp. 1080/50p, good stills in good light but images captured from video esp. good ; Processing on Linux at 1080/50p in kdenlive works well. Playback at 1080/50p needs Nvidia/ VDPAU support or very fast machine

HUGE files, long processing times, probably needs quad core hardware to process in anything like real-time. Too many 50i options but no 720p

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.2


Minimum illumination:1.6
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:8.89
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):7.89
Effective megapixels (movie):7.59
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:9.15

Lens System

Digital Zoom:30
Filter Size:4.6
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):35 - 420
Focal length range (f-f):3.45 - 41.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:12

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.5 - 2.8
Power requirements:10.3W

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Lens hood: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Shutter speed (photo):1/2-1/2000 / 1/2-1/500
Shutter speed (video):1/25-1/8000 / 1/50-1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3072
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,2560 x 1920,2880 x 1920,3072 x 1728,3200 x 2400,3600 x 2400,3840 x 2160,4032 x 3024,4608 x 3072,4864 x 2736


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p
Video formats supported:MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :72

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent