Panasonic - not pro perfection, but still a pleasing past time
22 July 2013
Excerpt: As a professional photographer I've never really had much of an interest in video – until last year I still owned a Sony Hi8 camcorder that used to be my mum's and hadn't been put to use for about 4 years. If ever the urge took me to video anything I'd do it on my little compact camera or more recently my Nikon D7000 SLR, however I don't find cameras sit comfortably in my hand for using when panning and zooming on video.
Pros: easy to use, fits well in hand, good quality results
Cons: software doesn't work with new computer systems ie . Windows 7/8, photos not great
Summary: It's second time I try video, I'm a photographer, I own a Nikon D300. Camcorder works perfectly, light, easy to use, but I'm disapointed with the colors, not vivid, more greyish (using Intelligent Auto Mode)and sharpness is an issue ! The 16x optical zoom works perfectly but will be wise to use a tripod, otherwise people will get seasick when looking at the film. I will explore it on next holidays.
Summary: I bought mine for £298 from qvc.I took it away to Las Vegas and Memphis,with a 16gb card,which gave me just over 2 hours of the best quality video.The camera is really light and easy to use.Battery life was very good,easily lasting the whole day,with the camera on and off.Picture quality is very good indeed,particularly of outside shots.The only disappointing film I took was indoors with low lighting.I think I should have changed the settings to compensate for this.It's...
Summary: I am unable to find the design fault described by one reviewer of this camera.I have tested twice using two different SD cards to battery levels below one minute. Each time the battery indicator flashed in red at 3 minutes. I continued to record until after I got the final warning to replace the battery - stopping and starting several times. I then viewed my files still using the same battery without any loss of data.
Summary: Just upgraded from 10 yr old Canon camcorder and cannot fault the Panasonic SD20, the touch screen is ideal and the 50 frames per second motordrive facility is superb for ensuring that the best stills image is obtained. It's very easy to operate even by a technophobes standards and is ideal for those people who simply want to store memorable occassions for future reference.
Summary: Just bought this as it seemed to do everything I need for occasional movie recording. I also saw the Mac compatible label on the box and I am running a Power Mac with Leopard and iLife 09 so thought there wouldnt be a problem. However when I plugged it in and tried to import a test movie a big message popped up telling me that only Intel Macs can import the movie file. So this renders the whole thing useless and will be taking it back to the store in the morning.
Summary: I previously had a simple easy to use jvc camcorder which i got on with very well, however, i wanted something a little more modern which would shoot in hd. I chose panasonic as i was under the impression it was as good as any other brand if not better. My big big gripe with this camera is the files that it outputs to .iis(internet information server) .m2ts(mpeg2 transport stream) and .tmb(Timbuktu pro document) I need to edit the footage with relative ease not after 3...
Summary: I don't now what the last reviewer is rambling on about. This is a very desent camera for the price. The picture quality is great and is very easy to upload your videos to the web, youtube etc. Playback on HDTV is also great. The camera has a touch screen LCD display which is simple and easy to use and allows you to view and playback your videos. At the price you'd be hard pressed to find better.
Panasonic HDC-SD20, great compact HD camcored for less then $600
23 May 2009
Excerpt: The Panasonic HDC-SD20 This is a great compact high definition camcorder for the price. The small design allows for easy travel, it can fit in your purse, a large pocket and doesn't take up much room in your luggage when going on vacation. Very light weight only 270g, made of plastic, in my opinion it looks a little cheep.
Pros: Some great features are the optical image stabilization and Intelligent Auto (iA) technology .
Summary: It is not a bad camera overall. It is small, intuitive, looks nice, and records in a pretty good quality. The touch screen works good too and enables some nice functions: you can point an object to track, focus on and set exposition for, and in playback you can easily pick a clip to play from the thumbnails table. No hard drive or tape means better reliability... in theory. In practice unfortunately the camera has a serious design flaw.