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The Panasonic HDC-SD20 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users.

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LCD is large and clear, easy to work with

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very easy to use, no real learning curve

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Intelligent Auto generally picks the best settings for every situation, takes the guess work out

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fairly good sharpness, all details are well represented

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zoom range is exceptional, can catch distant subjects fairly easily

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controls are laid out conveniently, comfortable to work with

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battery life is only about an hour

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colors tend to be a little washed out

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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. 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
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