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Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 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. Comments about the durability and price are on the whole positive. The size and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the image quality. Views are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, size, price, durability

image quality

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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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 Reviewers really like the durability. The usability is also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the price and battery.

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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

Apr, 2017

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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 People are impressed by the battery and price. The size and portability also get good opinions, whereas many are critical 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)

Apr, 2017

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

Consumer review by: Grent (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


When moisture mysteriously entered this unit and shut it down, Panasonic service wanted 80 bucks to tell me it was unfixable and "corroded". I put it in the cuboard for a few months then plugged it in again. It turned on then had broken images for...

It worked for 1 month

It didn't work for the next 5 months

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Rob (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


I can only reiterate the negative experiences above with this camera. The only difference is that I have not gone through the repair process which sounds like it will only end with a bad ending. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA. If you want a real waterproof...

When it works it's fine

Leaked water after few months - at snorkel depth

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: mario (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


After 3 days in switzerland in rain spoilt. gurantee not covers that . can not be repaired according customer service of panasonic. But can be raplaced for that i should pay the value of 550 swiss franks the real price in store was only 440 swiss frank

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: Peter (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


I have had this camera for a few months now and I absolutely love it. Small compact take anywhere, easy to use. Highly recommend it.

Compact ; Dust proof, water tight and has survived several drops already

Picture quality (good but not brilliant) ; Battery life (If on holiday and are out for the whole day it's quite possible you will kill the battery so I now always carry a spare battery and SD card but as these are pretty small this is not a hassle,...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Unholy man (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


Case started leaking after 3rd day of snorkelling - not covered by warranty, not fit for purpose in my opinion

Portable, easy to use

Advertised for underwater use but not warranted for underwater use. 3 days use for $599 is not good value

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: nealwelti (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


Great little camera. Small rugged, easy to use. The wrist strap doubles as an effective hand strap.

Waterproof, shockproof, small, rugged

Not a huge battery life, carry one spare at least

May, 2008

Consumer review by: nealwelti (

Panasonic SDR-SW20


I have had this camcorder for about 2 months now and I find it a treat. I love the fact its water proof as I have a dog and love going in the water with him. Im not afraid of getting it wet nor worried about the sand or dirt. The IS (image stabiliser)...

Great all rounder, Image stabiliser -excellent. robust and compact.

Picture is not the best, but if you are just after the memories of your trip then its ok. Battery life is not long (always keep a spare)

May, 2008

Consumer review by: trevor c (

Wont record


screen on sdrsw20 displays card door opened when it is not any ideas I have opened and closed it firmly several times

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: happy_life (



Just to be clear Panasonic have been very very fair and offered us a new camera at a discounted price. On Christmas day we were using our camera in the pool. Both my husband and I checked all of the latches to make sure they were closed, however after...

I'd like to adjust my first Review.

Ours leaked

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications


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