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Panasonic SDR-T50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Panasonic SDR-T50. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The portability and zoom are also mentioned favorably, but the durability and image quality get negative comments. Opinions are divided on the color.

usability, zoom, portability, price, size

image quality, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-T50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-T50 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the price and portability. The zoom and usability also get good feedback, but there are some critical comments about the image quality.

usability, zoom, portability, price

image quality

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This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-T50 Camcorder - Black (4GB in-built flash, SD Card slot, x78 Enhanced Zoom)Panasonic SDR-T50 Camcorder - Black (4GB in-built flash, SD Card slot, x78 Enhanced Zoom)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

Panasonic SDR-T50 review:


The Panasonic SDR-T50 is like having a small telescope that's able to capture standard-definition video. With its 70x lens you'll have no problem getting closer to your subject, and its optical image stabilization is very good even if you're moving....

Very good image stabilization; well-designed; manual controls.

Low-resolution LCD; dated user interface; poor low-light video; no external mic, headphone jacks.

The Panasonic SDR-T50 standard-definition camcorder is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens in a very compact body--not video quality.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Review Crew (

The Panasonic SDR-T50 SD Camcorder Review


The Panasonic SDR-T50 is like having a small telescope that's able to capture standard-definition video. With its 70x lens you'll have no problem getting closer to your subject, and its ...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Prasandjeet (

Panasonic SDR-T50


Light, small, compact, comparatively easy to use

Image quality is not extraordinary

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: amclaussen (

"Bad image quality, & that's trying to be fair to it"


I'll sell it ASAP, to get a Samsung similar one. Already checked that one has much better picture and sound too.

Wider angle lens than most similar models, SD card storage, so-so image stabilization, long (too long) zoom (anyway, it needs a solid tripod to be useful when zoomed to 78X.

Blurry definition, not even up to 'standard definition' by any means. Colors are oversaturated, but lack enough gradations, so that image looks like a child's colored book! (not enough color depth).

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: Jeff (

It's OK


The reason why I bought this was for the zoom feature, so I am not going to return it. However, if the zoom wasn't so fun, there would be no point in buying this product. To wrap it up: Buy it if you want a miniature telescope that records "video"....

78x optical Zoom obviously. The optical image stabilization works very well. Being able to focus on an object at 78x zoom without a tripod is quite amazing

I know that this is a standard def camera, but my 1992 Hi-8 camcorder takes clearer videos than this thing. I did playback of the XP (best quality) video on my 27inch CRT SD TV and saw stutters during fast movement. The edges were very blurred and...

May, 2010

Product Specifications

Panasonic SDR-T50 takes dynamic close-ups of distant subjects. The enhanced optical 78x zoom has been added to the compact body of the easy-to-carry camcorder. By taking maximum advantage of the effective CCD area, the camera makes it easy to capture a wide range of dynamic images, from sweeping landscapes with the 33mm wide-angle scope to close-ups of distant subjects with the 78x zoom, without having to worry about image degradation. However, with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand-shake has a huge effect on picture quality. That's where Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) comes in. It shifts a corrective lens as you shoot to help eliminate the effects of hand-shake, so you get clear, sharp shots even at high zoom levels. It's an essential feature for getting the most out of this incredible zoom lens. The 33mm wide-angle setting on the standard series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional model. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close, and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the microphone. The iA function automatically activates convenient functions during shooting. These include the AF/AE tracking, which optimizes the focus and exposure for a selected subject to ensure beautiful results. After you "lock on" to a subject at the center of the screen by pressing the AF/AE button, the camera follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. The iA function, including face detection, advanced O.I.S., intelligent contrast control and intelligent scene selector, produces outstanding results under virtually all shooting conditions.


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:2


Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

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:Sports mode / Night scene / Low light / Fireworks / Scenery / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunset / Beach / Snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:4GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:3500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):37.4 - 2625
Focal length range (f-f):1.48 - 104
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.9-5.7
Max Focal Length:104mm
Min Focal Length:1.48mm
Optical Zoom:70
Optical Zoom:70
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.52Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

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

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:AV out
Lens focal range:F1.9(WIDE) / 5.7(TELE)
Lens system:Panasonic
Manual Focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.9

Packaging Content

Bundled software:VideoCam Suite 3.0

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Flash memory:4

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / H.264
Digital Zoom:3500
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.4

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes