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Panasonic HDC-SD20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The image quality and price also get good reviews, but the viewfinder and color get negative comments.

usability, price, image quality, portability, design

control panel, color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic HDC-SD20


James finds out how the budget Panasonic HDC-SD20 Full HD camcorder performs.

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD20 review


You wouldn't know the HDC-SD20 is a budget AVCHD camera to look at it.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Panasonic HDC-SD20-K camcorder


Ultra-compact HD camcorder with optical image stabilisation

Portable design, user-friendly interface, effective optical image stablisation

Outdated specifications, cheap aesthetics, image quality could be better

The Panasonic HDC-SD20-K is a reasonable high-definition camcorder that manages to impress thanks to its low price tag. It distinguishes itself from the SD crowd thanks to the inclusion of O.I.S and lots of user-friendly features.

Apr, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-SD20


If you're in the market for your first HD camcorder, the HDC-SD20 Flash camcorder makes an excellent choice. It's packed with features, reasonably-priced and built with Panasonic quality. Panasonic has made a name for itself in digital photography...

Record full HD 1920x1080 video16X optical zoomOptical Image Stabilization5.1 channel surround sound9 lux (1/30 low light mode) / 1 lux

The Panasonic HDC-SD20 HD Flash camcorder is a new 16X zoom HD camcorder...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry (

Panasonic HDC-SD20 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-SD20 is one of three models designed by the company to appeal to the more budget-conscious entry-level camcorder user. With an MSRP of $549, it's several hundred dollars less expensive than many models from the competition. What you...

The Panasonic HDC-SD20 offers a truly entry-level high definition camcorder experience. The video performance isn't in the same league as the Canon HF20, but neither is the price tag. For $300 less, we weren't expecting the smooth motion or vivid...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Panasonic HDC-SD20


The Panasonic HDC-SD20 is an mid-level HD camcorder that should appeal to budget-conscious consumers. With an MSRP of only $549, the camcorder is a much cheaper alternative to the higher-end Panasonic HDC-TM300 ($1299) and numerous top-of-the-line...

The HDC-SD20 records HD video to SD/SDHC memory cards, and one of the reasons the camcorder is so inexpensive is the fact that it offers no internal memory. The camcorder captures video using the AVCHD codec, which is essentially the standard for all...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry (

Panasonic HDC-SD20


Can't compete with pricier models, but offers a strong, intuitive experience for beginners

Incredibly low noise; Intuitive auto modes

Poor sharpness; Few extras

Apr, 2009

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Panasonic - not pro perfection, but still a pleasing past time


As a professional photographer I've never really had much of an interest in video – until last year I still owned a Sony Hi8 camcorder that used to be my mum's and hadn't been put to use for about 4 years. If ever the urge took me to video anything I'd...

easy to use, fits well in hand, good quality results

software doesn't work with new computer systems ie. Windows 7/8, photos not great

Jul, 2013

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Panasonic HDC-SD20


Image quality, easy to transfer to DVD, excellent optical zoom.

Batteries very expensive, no separate viewfinder - makes it more difficult if one wears reading glasses.

Feb, 2010

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Panasonic HDC-SD20


Very good image quality and after buying a memory card ready for use.


Feb, 2010

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