Released April, 2009
The Pros:Very easy to use, no real learning curve. Controls are laid out conveniently, comfortable to work with. Intelligent Auto generally picks the best settings for every situation, takes the guess work out.
The Cons:Battery life is only about an hour. Colors tend to be a little washed out.
The Panasonic HDC-SD20 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users who desire an easy-to-use camcorder that can still produce top-notch, vivid video worthy of sharing with friends and family.
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The third of six Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-SD20 is a downgrade from the Panasonic HDC-HS20 and HDC-TM20 in that it does not feature either an HDD or internal flash memory. Instead, the HDC-SD20 relies on just an SDHC/SC memory card to store 1920 x 1080 HD video content. In all other ways, however, the HDC-SD20 is practically a duplicate of its upgraded peers. For instance, the HDC-SD20 is also equipped with a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a 5 microphones and a zoom microphone feature. In addition, the HDC-SD20 offers full support for Apple Macintosh computers, and in fact allows easy file transferring so that files may be edited in iMovie. Furthermore, the HDC-SD20 features touch-screen controls with icon-based menus, an auto power LCD, and a quick 1.9 second power-up so that users can more easily catch spontaneous moments on video. The HDC-SD20 also boasts a Leica Dicomar lens with a 16x optical zoom, a 40x digital zoom, auto focus tracking, a 2.7” wide LCD, and automatic LCD brightness adjustments. The HDC-SD20 retails for a fairly affordable $599.95 (versus >$600) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
- 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
- 5 Microphones
- Zoom Microphone Feature
- SDHC/SD Memory Card
- 1920 x 1080 HD Video Recording
- Macintosh Support
- Touch-Screen Controls
- Icon-Based Menus
- Auto Power LCD
- 1.9 Second Power-Up
- Leica Dicomar Lens
- 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
- 16x Optical Zoom
- 40x Digital Zoom
- Auto Focus Tracking
- Automatic LCD Brightness Adjustments
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 64 x 69 x 128 mm
- Weight: 360g
- Available in Black, Silver, or Red
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
User Reviews (1)
very easy to use, no real learning curve
controls are laid out conveniently, comfortable to work with
Intelligent Auto generally picks the best settings for every situation, takes the guess work out
fairly good sharpness, all details are well represented
LCD is large and clear, easy to work with
zoom range is exceptional, can catch distant subjects fairly easily
battery life is only about an hour
colors tend to be a little washed out
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