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Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the durability and price. The size and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the battery and image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, durability

image quality, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the durability. The usability also gets good feedback. Many are less positive about the price and battery.

portability, usability, durability

size, image quality, battery, price

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-SW20EB-S Underwater Camcorder - SilverPanasonic SDR-SW20EB-S Underwater Camcorder - Silver

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the battery and price. The size and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, battery

image quality

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Red)Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Red)

Dec, 2018


Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Camcorder


Panasonic's SDR-SW20 reaches the parts other camcorders cannot reach.

The SDR-SW20 has few competitors. In fact, its main opposition will be a regular camcorder with a waterproof casing accessory, which is unlikely to be as small and convenient. Even FlipVideo's Ultra is around the same size with its watertight...

Jul, 2008

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Panasonic SDR-SW20 review


Panasonic's rugged camcorder is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and idiot-proof. Is there anything it's afraid of?

Not the world’s most capable camcorder, but by far the toughest and most durable

Nov, 2008

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Panasonic SDR-SW20 review


Panasonic's SDR-SW20 is waterproof up to a depth of 1.5m, shock proof for falls of up to 1.2m and dust proof. It's perfect if you're the kind of person who enjoys outdoor pursuits.

May, 2008

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Panasonic SDR-SW20


Recording underwater scenes? The Panasonic SDR-SW20 can help you out with your underwater shots. Its waterproof, compact body allows you to record unforgettable marine action that takes place as deep as 1.5 metres in seawater. Its shockproof feature...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : CB (

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic SDR-SW20 SDHC Camcorder


For years we've been telling people to keep their camcorders away from sand and water - only to find that Panasonic's SDR-SW20 is happy lying on a windy beach or swimming with the fish. Has the world gone mad?

The SDR-SW20 isn't what we might call a "serious videomaker's camcorder" but then again it isn't intended to be by any stretch of the imagination. What it is, though, is a lightweight, no-nonsense, video camera that you can take anywhere and shoot fun...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


For a first-time attempt at an underwater camcorder, the SDR-SW20 is a fairly solid performer. If you already own a camcorder, it will suit perfectly well as a secondary unit for oceanic holidays.

Waterproof/shock-proof/dust-proof design, underwater footage is surprisingly clear, cheap asking price

No hand strap hampers on-land shooting, screen is too reflective, swapping SD cards can be difficult in wet conditions

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Panasonic SDR-SW20 review: Panasonic SDR-SW20


Panasonic SDR-SW20

Waterproof to 5 feet with decent results.

Poor performance and image quality; insecure handstrap; relatively expensive.

The Panasonic SDR-SW20's only saving grace is its water-, shock-, and dust-proof body (and even those have limitations). Otherwise, there's no reason to buy this pocket camcorder.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


It goes underwater. Small, sleek design.

Fiddly controls. Average video quality.

The cool factor of waterproof gadgets is high, even when there's a subsequent trade-off in performance. Anyone going any deeper than snorkel depth will need to look elsewhere, but at least the price reflects the compromises made for that cheerily tough...

Oct, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-SW20


If you're an extreme sports person and want a camcorder to stand up to some punishment, then the SW20 can hold its own. However, prepare for detail to be minimal in low light, but great when the sun is shining. Plan on using this footage on a DVD, with...

Easy to download with only a USB cordSturdy, can be dropped up to 4 feet with no damageWaterproof to 5 feet for 30 minutesPerfect for the active outdoor personCool to have, looks sharp

While I am a huge fan of standard definition camcorders, there is no bias..

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

Panasonic SDR-SW20 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic SDR-SW20 ($399 MSRP) is an extremely compact camcorder designed for underwater use. Eschewing a traditional look and feel, the SDR-SW20 has a rough-textured finish that should make it easier to grip in the undercurrents. Shooting in...

Apr, 2008

Product Specifications

Panasonic's SDR-SW20 compact SD camcorder is built tough so you can shoot in places never before possible. Take it underwater as deep as 5 feet for great video in the pool or ocean. Waterproofing also means you can shoot in the rain or snow with no worries. The SW20 is also shockproof, resisting damage even if dropped from a height of up to 4 feet with improved fortification inside and out. A dustproof design keeps the camcorder safe even if handled with dirty hands or used in a place with swirling dust. Take it to the beach or sports field without worrying about sand. And since its waterproof, simply wash it with water when it gets dirty. This product is small enough to slip in a pocket or bag. Cool enough to take everywhere you go. This is one stylish camcorder you'll never want to be without. The SW20 SD camcorder starts up to record quickly. In Quick Start mode, recording begins in just 0.6 seconds from the time the LCD is opened. This lets you catch those sudden shooting opportunities. The USB port allows you to connect directly to a DVD burner. And copying a recording from an SD card to a DVD disc is as easy as selecting from the menu. To view your video, simply take the SD card from the camcorder and slip it into any TV or DVD player with an SD card slot; there are no cables to worry about. First, transfer the motion-image data from the SD card to your PC using your PC's USB port. Then with the included MotionSD STUDIO 1.3E software, you can easily put scenes in a different order, delete the ones you don't want, and add a wide variety of video effects. Save your results by burning your video production onto DVD.


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Colour of product:Red / Silver

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.9 - 439 / 44.4 - 444
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 23
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Underwater Use:Built-in

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.41Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Lens focal range:F1.8/F2.4
Manual Focus: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.9
Power requirements:DC 3.6 / 5.0 V / DC 7.2/9.3 V
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Motion SD STUDIO 1.3E

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/8000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.4 / 11.5
Height :6.34 / 6.35
Weight:224 / 544.2
Width:3.37 / 3.38

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes