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Panasonic HDC-SD5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 275 reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD5. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and size. The image quality and portability also get good reviews. There are some critical opinions about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

battery, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but many are less positive about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

durability, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD5 High Definiton SD Card Camcorder - BlackPanasonic HDC-SD5 High Definiton SD Card Camcorder - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-SD5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

durability, viewfinder

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilization w/DVD BurnerPanasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilization w/DVD Burner

Dec, 2016

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

Expert Review

 

As with the Sony HDR-CX7K, this is a solid product let down by the price of its recordable media. We'd therefore recommend it to people who already own a large collection of SD cards (or an even larger wallet).

3CCD sensor, 1920x1080 resolution, attractive looks

SDHC memory cards are expensive, a few niggles in the design

Sep, 2008

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (pcauthority.com.au)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

A dinky AVCHD camcorder, with respectable video performance and a reasonable price.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Mendelson Tiu (smarthouse.com.au)

Panasonic HD Camcorder HDC-SD5

 

If you have an HD TV, you might be considering upgrading to an HD camcorder as well. And Panasonic's SD5 may just be the trick - so long as you have enough memory cards to support your HD habit.

Form factor; Video quality; Connectivity options; Ease of use

Recording time (41 minutes in highest mode using 4GB SDHC card); Price of SDHC card

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Hopeful777 (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

Panasonic's support centre is unhelpful, to say the least. They just pushed me off to find my own solution to the problem with their software!! They know of the problem but have not made the effort to have a solution at hand for customers. They just...

Portability ; Ease of use ; Quality of HD image ; Simplicity of use of SD memory card ; Flexibility of using SD and SDHC cards

Limited means of dealing with this format of video -- won't even download to my X-Pro II plus ; No external microphone input ; The Panasonic software (HD Writer) cannot be installed on my computer as I have Windows XP Service Pack 3. The software does...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Rich Trenholm (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

panasonic hdc-sd5 review: The Panasonic HDC-SD5 delivers fantastic HD video and accessible but clever features in a petite package — we just wish it had more memory.

Easy to use, Inexpensive, Built-in software, 5-megapixel stills, Compact size, First-rate video

Poor image quality, Cheap, boxy design, Controls somewhat fiddly, Flash memory fills up fast

The Panasonic HDC-SD5 delivers fantastic HD video and accessible but clever features in a petite package - we just wish it had more memory.

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: krisellis (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic HDC-SD5

 

The Panasonic SD-5 is a great ultra light HD camcorder. I read many reviews on this camera before buying and was very close to purchasing the older SD1 model. A couple of blogs turned me to the SD5 because of picture quality. However I would like to...

Awesome HD video quality ; Really light weight ; Great fit in the hand ; Easy to use

Comes with only a 4GB card (however I think it will soon come with a 8GB one) ; Picture quality diminishes in low light

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

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

Camera

Minimum illumination:1 / 5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black / Silver
LED indicators: Yes

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.5cm
Height:6.7cm
Weight:340g
Width:6.5cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:300000

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-SD5EG-K/HDC-SD5EG-S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.56 / 2.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:25 / 700
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 429
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 30
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Audio recording formats:AC3
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:AC, DC, AV, PC
Flash:0.01-0.025mm / Y
Flash memory:2048
I/O ports:A/V
Interface:USB
Lens focal range:F1.8- 2.8
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):6.7
Power requirements:7.2/9.3V DC / 7.2V
Recording speed:13 Mbps
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:- HD Writer 2.0E / HD Writer 2.5E

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000 / 1/8000 - 1/30

Still image

Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080

Storage

Camcorder tape type:HDV / Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:AVCHD

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.5 / 6.7
Height :13.5 / 6.7
Weight:340
Width:6.5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes