Panasonic HDC SD80 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

77 customer reviews

+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on sound quality.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 77 reviews.
Panasonic HDC SD80: Horizontally held, 34x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description

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Denise, Folkestone Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use good quality images
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jul 2012

Gary, Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great, small, light weight, easy to use.
Bad points:
None.
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: 26 Jun 2012

Sean , Mullingar Irl Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact. Easy to handle once you get to understand the functions
Bad points:
Small to handle.
Didn't like the software supplied - maybe my laptop didn't have enough memory
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Jun 2012

sean, Galway. Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Acceptable HD video quality, Some nice features, excellent zoom and stabilisation. Small and good value for money. Led light and flash for stills.
Bad points:
Still photos not great, LED flash limited. Lens cover opens automatically but has to be manually shut.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 May 2012

Jared, Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The camera is amazing, best money I have spent. Quality is fantastic and it's very easy to use.
Bad points:
Only thing I can pick at is that the battery only lasts around 2 hours when being used, But this is to be expected as is recording in such high quality so I am just nit picking.
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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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2012

Chris, Cambridgeshire Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Light, and compact
Bad points:
touch screen a tad fiddly, and if you want to use the main button to stop/start recording rather than the touchscreen it is awkward to reach with your thumb without moving the camera and disturbing the shot. Wide angle is not that wide.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jul 2012

Eric, London Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Small,great value. Great picture.
Bad points:
Filming stop start button in awful place
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2012

This Panasonic HDC SD80 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 34
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 192
Screen size (Inches) 2.6
Maximum aperture telephoto 4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 33.7
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1240
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2011-02-17

Also known as: Panasonic HDC-SD80, HDC SD80, Panasonic HDC-SD80EB-T, Panasonic HDCSD80EBK

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Manufacturer's Description

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 has many features that make it stand out in the crowd. The camera boasts an Intelligent 42x Zoom Shooting/33.7mm Wide-Angle, an Optical Image Stabaliser that detects subtle movement and corrects it optically in the lens and electronically in the sensor. A Zoom mic and Wind Noise Canceller, intelligent auto with Face Recognition and the option to record to SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card.

42x Intelligent Zoom
This clever mode extends the zoom range from 37x to 42x with very little degradation of image quality, thanks to the processing power of the Crystal Engine Pro. Also includes a 33.7mm equivalent wide angle setting which is useful for indoors and large groups like parties.

Hybrid O.I.S.
Combines Optical and Electronic image stabilisation to correct varying degrees of camera movement. The electronic part uses the normally unused sensor area outside the image when zooming in.

Zoom Mic
This feature synchronises the narrowing of the angle both for image and sound, as you zoom in. This reduces ambient noise to around a third of what it would otherwise be. Also has an electronic Wind Noise Canceller to cut out wind whilst keeping the other sounds crystal clear.

Intelligent Auto (iA)
Combines six shooting technologies to give the best possible results, automatically:

Face Recognition
Hybrid O.I.S.
AF/ AE Tracking – keeps your moving subject properly exposed and in focus
Intelligent Scene Selector – automatically recognises what kind of scene is being filmed and sets the camera accordingly to get the best results
Intelligent Contrast Control – prevents burnt out bright areas and blocked out shadows
Face Detection – keeps faces correctly exposed and in focus


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