Panasonic HDC SD90 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD 3D camcorder

100 customer reviews

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

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8.9 out of 10 based on 100 reviews.
Panasonic HDC SD90: Horizontally held, 3D, 21x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

David, Huntingdon Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent sharp picture quality
Amazing zoom (iZoom doesn't degrade picture quality like old-style digital zoom)
Colours are as good as or better than my previous 3-sensor Standard Defintion camera which has great colours. I was worried going back to a single sensor would result in those rather drab-looking images so common on 1-sensor SD cameras.
Full 1080p at 50 fps so no worries about interlacing artifacts when playing back on a digital TV (as 99% of users will)
Uses SD cards so no need to worry about an internal HDD breaking
Bad points:
While manual controls are available they are fiddly as they are operated from the touch-screen
There is no simple exposure compensation as found on most digital still cameras.
Backlight compensation is buried in a menu when it should be much easier to get at.
Comes with an old style composite AV cable that can't display Full HD. Who is actually going to use this? Surely it would be cheaper for Panasonic to bundle a short HDMI cable?
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2012

David, Bromley Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very good image quality.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Mar 2012

Ray, Swansea Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Light weight and good quality videos
Bad points:
No remote control.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Mar 2012

Jonathan, Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
When I was looking at camcorders this jumped out as being one of the only models on the market that had a shoe for external equipment. This and the other great specs meant that this model was the one to purchase.
Bad points:
The only slight issue I would have is the menu system. The buttons are small on the touch screen and I found it little tricky to navigate.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Jan 2012

yiannis, limassol/Cyprus

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
excellent image quality and easy to use
Bad points:
no
Overall rating 10.0
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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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Mar 2012

Ian, York Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Small, easy to use and high quality recording.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Jan 2012

Andrea, Nicosia Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality, price, weight. Very easy to use for non expert.
Bad points:
spare battery is expensive
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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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Mar 2012

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 5mp
3D Yes
Optical zoom ratio 21
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1500
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 244
Screen size (Inches) 3
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.5
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1120
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2011-02-17

Also known as: Panasonic HDC-SD90, Panasonic 3D, Panasonic SD90, Panasonic HDC-SD90P/PC, Panasonic HDCSD90EBK

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Manufacturer's Description

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 Full HD Camcorder lets you capture stunning High Definition video without weighing you down. Its compact and lightweight frame means you can enjoy 1080p shooting while out and about.

Featuring 28mm wide angle and Intelligent 40x Zoom shooting, the Panasonic HDC-SD90 Full HD Camcorder can also be used to shoot in 3D with the use of a separately-sold 3D conversion lens. Its new hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent Auto Face recognition technology make for clear shooting under almost any conditions, while manual focus and exposure options give you full creative control!

As well, the sleek black HDC-SD90 Full HD Camcorder takes still images with up to 5mp resolution.

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 Full HD Camcorder is also a very practical camcorder, letting you record 1080p video directly onto SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.


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