Panasonic SDR-H40 reviews: Hard disk drive storage SD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 63 reviews.
Panasonic SDR-H40: Horizontally held, 42x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
simple to use. 42x zooom
Bad points:
battery not good. can't get software to work on my dvd rewriter
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 2.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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19 of 19 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small very small in fact very light weight. Perfect for family holidays and the like.
Bad points:
Not a great camera, but then that isn't it's job.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser 40+years in photography

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small and light enough to fit in a pocket and carry about all day.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Dec 2008

Tracey, Hertfordshire Mum2summer,student nurse,engaged

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, light, battery hasnt needed charging yet and have used alot.
Best camcorder i have owed.
Bad points:
Built for bigger hands, sometimes a stretch to hit record button when holding on to camcorder but not really a minus as not a problem just have extra small hands
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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19 of 19 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Dec 2008

Jozef, Eastbourne

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
great picture, light, easy to use
Bad points:
software for downloading recordings could be more quicker
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Aug 2008

Girish, Wakefield family man

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
easy to use from the start
Bad points:
noe I can think of
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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Aug 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Light weight and very easy to use, with all the essential features accessible with one hand. Image quality is much better thanothers I have seen.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Aug 2008

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 2048x1512
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 42
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 40
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 340
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 47.1
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 471
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2008-02-15

Also known as: SDR-H40, Panasonic SDR-H40EBS, PANASONIC SDRH40, Panasonic SDR H40, Panasonic SDR H 40

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Manufacturer's Description

40GB HDD holds 36h of memories, plus 42x zoom power with optical image stabilization

The SDR-H40 is a hybrid model that can record on either an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card or its built-in hard disks. The SDR-H40 has a 40GB hard disk and super powerful 42x optical zoom.

The H40 can hold up to 36 hours of recording in LP Mode when the built-in hard disk is used. It also boasts Panasonic’s Advanced O.I.S. Detecting and correcting hand-shake around 4,000 times per second, this high-performance system is about eight times more effective than previous systems and suppresses even tiny amounts of blurring caused by hand-shake.

It protects data well too, thanks to its exceptional reliability. This is made possible by the super-reliable SD Memory Card, which does not require any kind of transport mechanism, together with an Anti-Shock Shield that helps protect the built-in hard disk from the effects of external impact. With its extended recording times and rugged design, this model is ideal for shooting lengthy events or for taking on the road.

It also offers a new function that simplifies the process of copying recordings from the Memory Card or hard disk to a DVD disc. Simply connect the camcorder to a VW-BN1 DVD Burner (optional) and press a button. No PC is required. A DVD disc created this way can be easily played on DVD players.


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