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Panasonic SDR-H40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 373 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H40. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic SDR-H40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H40 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality. The price also gets good comments.

usability, price, image quality

69% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

viewfinder

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 42x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2017

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

Expert Review

 

With its 30GB hard drive, SD card slot and 42x optical zoom, the SDR-H40 is a versatile little performer. If you're on the lookout for an affordable standard-def camera for casual use, it is definitely one of the better buys on the market.

Solid video performance for specs and asking price, 30GB hard drive, 42x optical zoom, records to both SD card and HDD

Image quality takes a significant hit under dim lighting

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40 Review and Prices

 

The Panasonic SDR-H40 is an entry-level DV camcorder and is another entry into the increasingly popular hard disk drive market. It is designed to compete with the low-end Everio range from JVC and Sony's standard definition HDD camcorders.

Large storage capacity, great handling, powerful zoom and impressive OIS

Poor low light performance, low-quality stills

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com_old)

Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder With 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

 

The Panasonic SDR-H40 makes a very strong argument for itself. With an impressive 40GB built-in hard drive, and a record-making 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, the Panasonic SDR-H40 stands head and shoulders above most other hard drive camcorders....

The Panasonic SDR-H40 makes a very strong argument for itself. With an impressive 40GB built-in hard drive, and a record-making 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, the Panasonic SDR-H40 stands head and shoulders above most other hard drive camcorders....

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

Image quality (for price), zoom, memory capacity, size.

Low light image quality.

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Michael (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

Light and easy to use: have only used a few times so far: picture seems fine

Too much to remember!

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: lydia (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

really light and compact. very attractive. massive hard drive means no more tapes! great picture and zoom overall great buy

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

Small very small in fact very light weight. Perfect for family holidays and the like.

Not a great camera, but then that isn't it's job.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

Small and light enough to fit in a pocket and carry about all day.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Tracey (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

Easy to use, light, battery hasnt needed charging yet and have used alot. Best camcorder i have owed.

Built for bigger hands, sometimes a stretch to hit record button when holding on to camcorder but not really a minus as not a problem just have extra small hands

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Jozef (reevoo.com)

Panasonic SDR-H40

 

great picture, light, easy to use

software for downloading recordings could be more quicker

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Minimum illumination:2

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver / Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.3 / 0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):34.5 - 1449 / 40.7 - 1710 / 40.9 - 1718
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 75.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:42

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Fader:Y
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Manual Focus: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4
Power requirements:DC 7.2/ 9.3 V / DC 7.2/9.3 V / DC 7.2V / 9.3V
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:A/V

Packaging Content

Bundled software:VideoCam Suite 1.0

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000 / 1/30 - 1/8000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Storage

Internal storage capacity:40

Video

Video formats supported:MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.6
Height :7 / 7.01
Weight:340 / 340.1
Width:6.7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes