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Panasonic HDC-SX5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SX5. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and size. The image quality and price are also appreciated. Many are critical about the color and design, and comments are divided on the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SX5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SX5 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the zoom and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the price.

usability, image quality, portability, size, zoom

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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-SX5EB Hybrid High Definition Camcorder (Memory & DVD)Panasonic HDC-SX5EB Hybrid High Definition Camcorder (Memory & DVD)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SX5 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. Reviews about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The battery and price are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the image quality.

usability, price, battery, portability, size

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition Flash Memory & DVD Camcorder with 10X Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition Flash Memory & DVD Camcorder with 10X Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

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

Panasonic HDC-SX5 review

 

Full HD recording with more versatility than ever before

Stunning image quality ; Good range of features ; Good value for beginners and upgraders alike

Controls take time to get used to ; Can suffer from wind noise

Some users are going to find this model a bit too big and bulky for their liking. However, the superb HD picture quality and the availability of two excellent recording media make up for this. A very good product for the price

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Rob Tucker (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-SX5 'hybrid' Camcorder

 

It can record to both DVDs and SDHC cards, but what's it like as a camcorder? Rob gives you the director's cut.

However, in this mode (called HG) you can only fit 14 minutes of video onto a 2.8GB single-layer 8cm DVD. This rises to 26 minutes on a dual-layer version, but it’s still not a lot when you’re used to tapes holding a whole hour. There are two 1,440 x...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: PriceRunner (pricerunner.co.uk)

Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

The SX5 comes with a choice of recording formats: SDHC memory cards or DVD discs. And if you thought DVD was an outdated format, think again. The Panasonic’s discs can capture Full HD (1080) video and will play back instantly in most Blu-ray machines....

Squeezing two formats into one recorder means the SX5 is no size zero model – it weighs a wrist-aching 540g and looks a bit plasticky and geeky. The three-CCD sensor system gives stunning colour reproduction (especially skin tones) but there’s a touch...

Disc camcorders are having a hard time fighting against the convenience (and low prices) of memory card and hard drive camcorders, but the SX5 is a good balance between them. It’s great to be able to lend your home movies to friends and family without...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Insider Staff (theinsider.pricerunner.co.uk)

Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

When carting gadgets on the go the F word is all important. Flexibility. This particular Panasonic movie maker delivers a choice of recording formats for your

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (camuser.co.uk)

Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

Along with its sister product, the HDC-SD5, the new HDC-SX5 is one of two new AVCHD camcorders from Panasonic that are designed to take advantage of our new high-def displays by offering the full 1920 x 1080 pixel high-definition resolution

Stunning image quality, Good range of features, Good value for beginners and upgraders alike

Controls take time to get used to, Can suffer from wind noise

Some users are going to find this model a bit too big and bulky for their liking. However, the superb HD picture quality and the availability of two excellent recording media make up for this. A very good product for the price

Oct, 2007

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

Expert Review

 

Despite being soundly beaten with the ugly stick, this is a quality piece of hardware capable of capturing beautiful high-def video. If you can get past the bulky design, you won't be disappointed.

Unsurpassed high-def visuals, two recording formats in one, plenty of modes and features

Bulky and unattractive design, poorly designed directional stick

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Charlie White (maximumpc.com)

Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

Here's the most versatile camcorder of the bunch, letting you record 28 minutes of its best-quality video per 3-inch DVD. If you don't feel like dealing with discs, you can cram 80 minutes of HD footage on an 8GB SDHC flash memory card instead. If you...

Versitility is key here - records to SDHC and DVD; 3-second preroll recording

Some contrast issues in very bright or medium light

We like the three-second preroll function that records the previous three seconds before you push the record button when you’re using an SDHC flash memory card. In bright light, this sucker cranked out images with astonishing clarity, splashing...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Jackson Lynch (wired.com)

Review: Panasonic HDC-SX5

 

Yes, yes yes, we know…another Panasonic in our round-up. But wefelt that if the HDC-SD9 is a role model for how to build a greattapeless...

Comfy ergonomics. Good video quality

Expensive and bulky. Not meant for novice shooters

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Panasonic HDC

 

The new Panasonic HDC-SX5 camcorder employs cutting-edge imaging technology to capture video recordings that are breathtakingly clear and vibrant, especially when viewed on a high-quality, large screen TV. The HDC-SX5 uses the AVCHD format to record...

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic HDC-SX5 Camcorder Review

 

The second generation of AVCHD camcorders have been rolling onto shelves in recent months, mostly offering mild upgrades or occasional downgrades. Panasonic is trying a different route. The HDC-SX5 combines the media from both of its first-generation...

The Panasonic HDC-SX5's primary selling point is its hybrid recording - the ability to record high definition AVCHD video to both DVD and SD/SDHC memory cards. In most instances, however, we found the DVD medium to be more of a hassle than a...

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

The HDC-SX5 can record full-HD video with 1920 x 1080 pixels. It features Panasonic's original 3CCD camera system and Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which let users record clear, beautiful, blur-free images with vibrant color. Especially when viewed on a high-quality big-screen TV, the video captured by the SX5 is simply breathtaking in quality. The HDC-SX5 can record full-HD motion images onto both SDHC/SD Memory Cards and DVD discs. It can record up to 180 minutes of video on an 8GB SDHC Memory Card, and up to 60 minutes on a DVD-R dual-layer disc. Using both media, you can capture up to 240 minutes of full-HD recording. The SX5 can copy recorded video from an SDHC/SD Memory Card to an 8 cm DVD disc internally with the touch of a single button; there's no need to use a PC. The recording format can be selected every time you start recording. You can also record the video on DVD disc in the standard definition (MPEG2) to play it back with your DVD recorder/player.

Audio

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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
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:1 / 5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.2cm
Height:9.4cm
Weight:0.54kg
Width:8.4cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:300000

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

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-SX5E-S/HDC-SX5EB-S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:0.56 / 2.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:25 / 700
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 429
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 30
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical/Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Other features

Additional accessories:AC Adaptor, AC Cable, DC Cable, Video Component Cable, AV Cable, IR Remote, PC Cable
Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:A/V
Manual Focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):10.2
Power requirements:DC 7.2/9.3 V
Recording speed:13 Mbps
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HD Writer 2.0E

Ports & interfaces

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

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported:DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.2 / 9.35
Height :15.1 / 9.35
Weight:540
Width:8.35

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes