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Panasonic HDC-SD1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good views, but some have doubts about the connectivity and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the size, and there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and portability. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : Benny Har-Even (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 High Definition SD Camcorder

 

The Panasonic HDC-SD1 high definition camcorder ditches tapes for SD cards - is the future of camcorders here?

The HDC-SD1 is a fantastic cutting edge piece of technology that finally does away with the need for tapes. It's small and light, delightfully easy to use and most of all takes superb high definition images. The AVCHD codec means that few editing...

May, 2007

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

 

The new format on the block allows Panny's slimmed-down AVCHD camcorder to save HD video to teeny SD cards

The SD1 looks stunning, and performs even better. If this is what AVCHD delivers, then we’re totally sold

Jun, 2007

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

The new format on the block allows Panny's slimmed-down AVCHD camcorder to save HD video to teeny SD cards

The SD1 looks stunning, and performs even better. If this is what AVCHD delivers, then we're totally sold

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

 

Panasonic's HDV arrival is markedly different from Sony's

Great picture performance in highest HD setting ; Easy to use quickly ; Dolby 5.0 channel surround sound

No SD mode or viewfinder

Brilliant performance, great handling - and even with all those features, it's still really easy to use

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Alan Stafford (techadvisor.co.uk)

Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

We were initially sceptical about the concept of a camcorder that records HD (high-definition) video to an SD (secure digital) card. What kind of compression is going on to make so much data fit into such a small amount of storage space? Our doubts...

The Panasonic is perhaps a little ahead of its time, and is currently quite hard to find in the UK. However, the technology works brilliantly and, as soon as there's some decent software available that'll allow you to make use of its fantastic...

Apr, 2007

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (eisa.eu)

Panasonic HDC-SD1

 

By eliminating tapes and disks in favour of SD memory cards as a recording medium, Panasonic has made the HDC-SD1 one of the worlds smallest and most reliable High Definition (1080i) camcorders. To get the most from its HD recording capability, the...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Digital Arts (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

HDC-SD1 review

 

We were sceptical about a camcorder that records high-definition video onto an SD Card. The Panasonic HDC-SD1, however, captures (and stores) video of exceptional quality for a sub-£1,000 model. Yet, the compression format it uses introduces a...

Very small size. Relatively high-quality video

Few manual controls. No pro audio inputs. Limited editing support in major video applications

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition video camera

 

This is a superb little solid-state, consumer-orientated, high definition video camera that will set the standard against which all other models will be compared for the forseeable future.

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The current editing limitations are significant, but once the software catches up, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 will be an excellent camcorder.

Captures and stores video of exceptional quality, 5.1 channel audio

Compression format means you can't edit video yet, limited included software

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

 

One advantage of using flash memory cards as a recording medium in camcorders is that they facilitate smaller designs. The body of Panasonic's 1.1-pound HDC-SD1, which records high-definition 1,440x1,080 AVCHD video to SD cards, is a mite smaller than...

Generally high-quality video and decent stills; nice manual feature set.

Sluggish autofocus; poor automatic white balance; uncomfortable design with some poor feature implementations.

A solid SD-based camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-SD1 nevertheless suffers from a few performance issues and an annoying design.

Jul, 2007