Panasonic HDC-SD100 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

22 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on battery life. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 22 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-SD100: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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john, Harrow

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
light weight no noise on zoom
Bad points:
cant think of any
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Aug 2009

David, Aylesbury

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
light & easy to use. The manual ring is a usefull tool, that I have not really used to its potential, but hope to over the coming months!
Bad points:
The main fault is in the small battery which has to be removed from the camera to charge it, otherwise a really good video camera
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 May 2009

Tim, London

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use and good quality.
Good range of ports and audio in is good for mics.
Bad points:
The battery does not last that long and replacement or larger batteries are very expensive.
The camera only records for about 45 mins on an SD card before the record button has to be pressed again. This meant there was a break in our wedding video. I have tried several SD cards with different speeds and makes and this is still an issue.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Apr 2009

John, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Everything on a sim card. No wires or cables needed to download to PC. Ease of use on auto.
Bad points:
You have to purchase the sim card
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small and light weight.
Memory card use so can switch easily between cards.
Tilting view screen
Bad points:
Image not brilliant in un natural light
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Jul 2009

Ian, Warrington

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
In good light conditions the picture is excellent.
The camera is relatively easy to use.
Bad points:
In low light conditions the picture is poor.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Feb 2009

Mark, Birmingham

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Size, weight, ease of use, manual focus option
Bad points:
Slightly fiddly menu system
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 May 2009

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 16
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Digital zoom ratio 1000
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 60
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 227
Weight (g) 320
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 42.1
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 505
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-08-14

Also known as: Panasonic HDC SD100, PANASONIC HDCSD100, Panasonic HDCSD100EBK, HDC-SD100, Panasonic HDC-SD100EBK, Panasonic HDC-SD10EB-R, Panasonic HDC-SD100E

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Manufacturer's Description

SD Memory Card 3MOS Full-HD Camcorder

The SD100 is highly resistant to impact because it records onto SD and SDHC memory cards and thus has no moving mechanism. This plus the compact size make the SD100 ideal for casual, walk-about shooting fun. After a day of shooting, users can simply take the SD Memory Card from the SD100 and slip it into the card slot on a Panasonic PZ800, PZ700 or PY700 VIERA TV, or a BD50 or BD30 Blu-ray DiscTM Player*, and enjoy easy, instant large-screen viewing of stunning HD images.

The SD100 features the 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic based on its proven 3CCD technology. Compared with a conventional 1MOS, Panasonic’s new 3MOS system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colours, greater detail and richer gradation. Also, the MOS sensor’s light-receiving area is about double* that of a CCD sensor, so sensitivity is higher. That realizes much better low light performance down to 2 lux. * Compared with the HDC-SD9/HDC-HS9

The Manual Ring is provided for users who want more creative freedom in their image production. In the SD100, users can enjoy precise, responsive fingertip control over five key settings — zoom, focus, iris, shutter speed, and white balance.

The iA function automatically activates several convenient shooting functions. These include Advanced O.I.S., which compensates for hand-shake to eliminate blurring; Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure so faces are captured perfectly; and Intelligent Contrast Control, which helps ensure proper contrast. Also included is the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines the shooting conditions and automatically selects the scene setting that will provide optimal results. (Face/Scenery/Low light/Spot Light)

The Leica Dicomer lens system used in the SD100 comprises 12 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lenses to improve resolution and contrast and an LD (low-dispersion) lens to prevent colour bleeding. Also, a special multi-coating process is applied to all lens elements to minimise chromatic aberration, so images are crisp, clear, and free of flare and ghosting. The use of a highly-refractive lens also made it possible to have both 12x zoom power and a compact body.


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