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The World’s Lightest 169 g * Ultra-Compact SD Card Camcorder with Low Power Consumption for Long Time... See full description.
  • Full HD
  • 17x optical zoom

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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.

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