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Panasonic HDC SD700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of Panasonic HDC SD700. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and price. Opinions are divided on the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC SD700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Jager, PCW (

Panasonic HDC-SD700 review


The Panasonic HDC-SD700 slots snugly between the Panasonic SDR-H280 and the Panasonic HDC-HS700-K as the company's midrange offering.

The Panasonic HDC-Sd700 is everything that a high-def camcorder should be. It provides a wealth of advanced features for experienced videographers, while remaining very user-friendly for beginners. Without question, it is one of the best HD camcorders...

Apr, 2010


Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Panasonic HDC-SD700 Full HD camcorder


The Panasonic HDC-SD700 is a Full HD camcorder that records AVCHD video to removable flash memory cards. With a retail price of $1499, it slots snugly...

Superb 1080p HD video performance, 14.2-megapixel still image mode, lots of high-end features for videophiles (including external audio and a manual focus ring)

A bit bulkier than competing flash memory-based camcorders, no inbuilt memory

The Panasonic HDC-Sd700 is everything that a high-def camcorder should be. It provides a wealth of advanced features for experienced videographers, while remaining very user-friendly for beginners. Without question, it is one of the best HD camcorders...

Dec, 2010

Consumer review (

Panasonic HDC-SD700


Image quality

Built in audio mike poor compared with my external Sony mike, expected better.

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD700


Easy to use and simple

weigth video to transfert in standard HD

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD700


photos sharpness (number of pixel) numerical indications for manual mode very easing use in manual mode

no manual gamma check (gamma too high like in my previous Panasonic HDC-SD1)

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD700


Excellent camcorder with great image and sound quality

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD700


Excellent high quality camcorder - easy to use in auto with all of the manual controls if you want them

Haven't found any yet

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD700


Where do I start, this unit is lightweight but robust and offers superior picture quality and complete ease of use.

None that I can think of.

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD700


its simply the best

Feb, 2011

Consumer review (

Panasonic HDC-SD700


Lightweight, powerful, auto and manual settings, easy to use out of the box, advanced setting when you need them.

Just make sure you buy a spare battery and SD card.

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

The SD700's high-sensitivity 3MOS system has achieved 11.49 million effective motion image pixels. This image sensor offers beautiful images with significantly better color quality, detail and gradation than the 1MOS sensor system. The large-diameter F1.5 Leica Dicomar lens Crystal Engine Pro and this high-sensitivity sensor have improved the efficiency of light gathering, increased sensitivity, and reduced noise by one-half to provide users with bright, low-noise recording even in dim lighting. The 1080/50p recording conveys about twice the information of 1080i recording to produce the ultimate beauty in image quality, exceeding even conventional Full-HD images. It minimizes afterimages and flickering caused by subject motion and renders crisp, detailed images. The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate low-frequency hand-shake, the Power O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively. The O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide angle to telephoto. The 12x optical zoom lens is further enhanced by Intelligent Resolution technology in the Crystal Engine Pro image-processing circuit, to produce the 20x intelligent zoom. The zoom achieves even greater image detail. The iA function includes face recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:1.6

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:7.62

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:9.15

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12 / 700
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):35 - 420
Focal length range (f-f):3.45 - 41.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.5-2.8
Max Focal Length:41.4mm
Min Focal Length:3.45mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12 / 30
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.63Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.53Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" )
Optical Sensor Type:3MOS
Sensor Qty:3MOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (POWER O.I.S.)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0, AV multi
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2 - 1/2000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):2880 x 1920,3072 x 1728,3600 x 2400,3840 x 2160,4608 x 3072


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 6.9
Height :13.8 / 6.9

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes