Panasonic HDC-SD20 reviews: Memory card storage HD camcorder

22 customer reviews

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8.8 out of 10 based on 22 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-SD20: Horizontally held, 16x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent zoom facility and ease of use.
Bad points:
Very light. Needs a mono or tripod for stability, especially when using the zoom.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Jul 2009

Dave , Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up instructions easy to follow image quality excellent after tape recorders
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
good quality picture
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Jul 2009

Kevin, Winsford

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very light and very easy to use image quality is excellent (compared to my last one) and it comes with an excellent printed instruction book
Bad points:
one major gripe which is ongoing is it wont take as advertised a 32gb sdhc card contacted panasonic dont want to know so now trying to resolve issue with simply electronics
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Oct 2009

Ben, Rotterdam Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good image quality and after buying a memory card ready for use.
Bad points:
no
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality, easy to transfer to DVD, excellent optical zoom.
Bad points:
Batteries very expensive, no separate viewfinder - makes it more difficult if one wears reading glasses.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Dec 2009

Alec, Chandlers Ford Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Neat, easy to use, good results
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Aug 2009

This Panasonic HDC-SD20 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 16
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1000
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 270
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 44.1
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 706
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-02-09

Also known as: Panasonic HDCSD20EBK, PANASONIC HDC SD20, HDC-SD20, Panasonic HDCSD20EBR, Panasonic HDCSD20EBS, Panasonic HDC-SD20EB-K, Panasonic HDC-SD20EB-R

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Manufacturer's Description

Easy-To-Use, Full HD SD Card Camcorder with 16x Optical Zoom

Worldwide, there is a strong and growing trend toward large-screen, high-image-quality televisions and high definition (HD) broadcasting. In line with this, manufacturers are transitioning to HD quality in all other types of video equipment too. Panasonic, consistent with its long-time position as a leader in the video field, is now introducing its new Full HD Camcorders including the HDC-SD20.

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. And AF Tracking keeps the subject in focus even if it moves around to ensure continuously perfect image quality.

The SD20 records on both SD and SDHC Memory Cards. Because SD Memory Cards require no transport mechanism, the SD20 is highly resistant to external impact. This combines with its small size and weight to achieve unmatched mobility.


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