Panasonic SDR-SW21 reviews: Memory card storage SD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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7.6 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.
Panasonic SDR-SW21: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Simple & easy to use
Bad points:
Just too big to put in your jeans pocket!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 May 2009

Robert, Peterborough

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Most things
Bad points:
Wold have been nice to have a lens protector
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Sep 2009

George, London Professional videographer

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Underwater capability, Portability, Durability, Ease of Use
Bad points:
Dated technology, Poor image quality even at this price point, poor low light capability, file format could be more universal (lengthy workflow to get into editing apps such as Final Cut Pro though does import into iMovie simply enough), battery life is poor, Relatively poor value
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 2.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 3.0
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Mar 2009

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The underwater picture quality is excellent, just what I wanted. 2 x Record buttons very useful too, Esp for videoing children. You can operate the camera at waist hight instead of having to get down on the floor with the children. However I find I accidentally zoom when I do this as my thumb is on the top of the camera.
Bad points:
Only the accidental zoom mentioned above when using the side record button to record at waist hight
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jun 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 704x576
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 238
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 44.4
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 444
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2009-02-10

Also known as: PANASONIC SDR SW21, Panasonic SDR-SW21EB-S, SDR-SW21, Panasonic SDR-SW21EB-D, Panasonic SDR-SW21EB-G

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Manufacturer's Description

Rugged Compact SD Card Camcorder

The SDR-SW21 camcorder combines a rugged, compact body with waterproofing that allows use in seawater to a depth of 2 metres, shockproofing that protects against falls from up to 1.2 metres, and dustproofing. This camcorder, offering its small size, light weight and superb mobility made possible by SD/SDHC Memory Cards, let users shoot videoa with the same casual ease and carry-about convenience they enjoy with small digital still camcorders.

A waterproof design, taking advantage of the water resistance of an SD/SDHC Memory Card, lets you use the SDR-SW21 camcorder underwater to a depth of 2 metres. The SDR-SW21 camcorder can even be used in seawater, so users can take moving images of friends snorkelling or tropical fish darting in and out of coral reefs. You can use the SDR-SW21 camcorder at the beach, a ski resort, or a host of other active, outdoor situations where you wouldn’t dare use a conventional camcorder.

Unlike recording media such as hard disk drives or DVD discs, SD/SDHC Memory Cards require no drive mechanism. This gives the SDR-SW21 camcorder sufficient impact resistance to prevent malfunction when dropped from up to 1.2 metres. Combined with its dustproof and waterproof features, this makes it the ideal camcorder for anytime use outdoors, in active situations, and for casual everyday video shooting.

The SDR-SW21 camcorder features the new YouTube Uploader function that makes video uploading super easy! Simply set the camcorder to “Web Mode” and it will record the movie in a YouTube compatible format. After shooting connect the camcorder via USB to a PC and the YouTube Uploader automatically starts. Simply follow the procedure to upload your video clips to the YouTube video-sharing site.

The SDR-SW21 camcorder offers a function that simplifies the process of copying recordings from the Memory Card or hard disk drive to a DVD. Simply connect the camcorder to a VW-BN1 DVD Burner (optional) and press the button. No PC is required. A DVD disc created this way can be easily played directly from a DVD player.


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