Panasonic HDC-SD40 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

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

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9.1 out of 10 based on 29 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-SD40: Horizontally held, 17x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description
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ROB, BANBURY Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Menus are easy to understand and operate
Bad points:
It uses CMOS which distorts high speed images
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 5.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Dec 2011

Michael, Barnstaple, Devon Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality
Bad points:
seems a bit too light weight for large handed males! but will get used to it - very good value for money
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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9 of 12 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2011

Jane, St Helens Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
lightweight easy to use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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7 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Aug 2011

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very compact and easy to use.
Bad points:
None yet
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Mar 2012

Stuart, swansea Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
this camcorder is fantastic image quality
really lightweight
easy to use
Bad points:
says it takes a sdhc card i bought a 30 gb sdhc card but did not work
u will need to buy a class 10 because of the hd quality
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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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Dec 2011

Emma, Cambridgeshire Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Light and easy to use!!! Came with a case that was twice the size of the camcorder so I returned that for a smaller one as the camera is tiny and perfect for your bag!! Very happy!!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jan 2012

Ray, southwold Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Weight and size.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2012

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 17
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 169
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.6
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 42.9
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 721
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2011-02-17

Also known as: HDC-SD40, Panasonic HDC SD40

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Manufacturer's Description

The World’s Lightest 169 g * Ultra-Compact SD Card Camcorder with Low Power Consumption for Long Time Recording

Ultra-compact and weighing only approximately 169g, the HDC-SD40 is the world’s lightest* camcorder and has a stylish design. They can be carried anywhere to record high-quality videos at anytime. They do not take up much room in a bag and are light on the arms even after recording for long periods of time. *For a full-HD camcorder in AVCHD format as of January,5 2011. (When using the battery (supplied) and an SD card (optional): Approx. 211 g)

The mode has achieved the low power consumption of 2.5 W, allowing it to record continuously for up to 135 minutes. User can continue recording without worrying about the remaining battery power. *135 min. of recording time with a fully charged battery (HA mode)

The POWER O.I.S., which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. When the camcorder is handheld, it moves slowly at low frequency due to the breathing of the operator or other reasons, no matter how hard the person tries to hold the camcorder steady. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate this low-frequency hand-shake, the POWER O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively.

Face Detection captures faces beautifully even in dim or backlit scenes. Each of these modes is activated, as required, by simply pressing the iA button. This allows users to capture beautiful, optimized images quickly and easily. Face Detection automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly. The focus also prioritizes the faces, and skin tones are smoothed for up to 15 faces at once. Faces are bright and recognizable.

The iA (Intelligent Auto), consists of four functions: The iA function consists of four functions: POWER O.I.S., Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control, senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images. ・ The functions included in iA may not be applied when conditions do not call for them. ・iA mode is effective only when shooting movies.


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