Panasonic HDC-SD200 reviews: Memory card storage HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 25 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-SD200: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Darren, Cheadle Hulme

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to use, great image quality. linked to my Mac and I movie no problem.
Bad points:
battery life only an hour. will have to buy an extra for 2 hour life.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2010

Anthony , Glasgow Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excelient picture quality well built cant find a fault.
Bad points:
None.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Jan 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent camera with great quality footage.
Bad points:
AVCHD a lttle difficult to deal with on MAC as software is windows only. Just needs working out with seperate software.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2010

Keith, Purley Keen amateur

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
Looks like a great camera overall ( if the software worked!)
Bad points:
the software doesn't work with a number of operating systems and you don't find this out until you've bought it. It didn't work with my 64 Bit version of Vista, but apparently it doesn't work with Mac operating systems or some versions of XP. It does tell you this on the Panasonic website in the smallest possible print at the bottom of the pages dealing with the functionality of the software - but the typial consumer wouldn't notice it. Panasonic's advice - buy some software that works! Obviously this has an additional cost implication which coudl end up making other camera's a better buy...
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 3.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Jan 2010

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Compact, good image quality and relatively easy to use
Bad points:
On a bright day it is almost impossible to see what you are filming through the viewfinder
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Nov 2009

Ranjit , London Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use, SD card id the forward to me as i have a Viera TV
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Feb 2010

David, Turkey Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality, both movies and stills, very good low light performance.
Bad points:
Difficult to find at present, as this model appears to be being phased out, but no successor at present.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 335
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 45
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 540
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-02-10

Also known as: HDC-SD200, Panasonic HDCSD200EBK, PANASONIC HDC SD200, Panasonic HDC-SD200EBK

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Manufacturer's Description

Full HD SD Card Camcorder with 3MOS Sensor System

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-SD200.

The SD200 features the Full HD 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic based on its proven 3CCD technology. Panasonic’s new 3MOS system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colours, greater detail and richer gradation.

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

The SD200 records on both SD and SDHC Memory Cards. Because SD Memory Cards require no transport mechanism, the SD200 is highly resistant to external impact. This combines with its small size and weight to achieve unmatched mobility.

Image sensor size has been increased from previous 1/6 inch to 1/4.1 inch. 3MOS system with 3 full-HD sensors has total pixel count of 9,150,000 pixels* (3,050,000-pixel x 3). While higher pixel count tends to make noise more noticeable when shooting under dim light conditions, HDC-SD200 solves this problem by using 3 high-sensitivity MOS sensors. It records beautiful images even under dim lighting while maintaining high pixel count, thus making it possible to shoot under minimum luminance of 1.6 lx. * Effective motion image pixels: 6,210,000


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