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The Panasonic HDC-SX5 is a Hi-Def, 3CCD, SD/DVD Hybrid Palmcorder® Camcorder with 1920x1080-Pixel Recording.

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LCD is large, clear and makes it easy to see what you're shooting

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full HD recording looks great on a large TV, lots of detail

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image stabilization works really well, more than accounts for a little hand shake

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records direct to DVD, great for relatives who might want a copy

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battery lasts a reasonably long time between charges

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uses SDHC cards for memory which are cheap and plentiful

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a bit large and clumsy to handle

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need lots of light to get a good picture, otherwise you'll deal with lots of noise

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The Panasonic HDC-SX5 is a Hi-Def, 3CCD, SD/DVD Hybrid Palmcorder® Camcorder with 1920x1080-Pixel Recording, Optical Image Stabilizer and Leica Lens, Records to 8cm DVD Disc and SD Memory Card. It retails for $900, and was released in 2008. This piece seems to have combined features from different previous models (direct DVD recording and SD memory recording), however critics noted that it still failed to solve some of the fundamental problems with its predecessors such as the Panasonic HDC-DX1, such as DVD load time and a huge battery. They, however, do praise the addition of the 1920x1080 Pixel recording.

  • Record HD video direct to SDHC cards and DVD
  • 1920 x 1080 full-HD recording; HD Advanced Pure Color Engine
  • Leica Dicomar lens with 10x optical zoom; built-in Advanced O.I.S.
  • Intelligent Contrast Control; Pre-rec function-Reviews Give The Lens As 12X
  • 2.7-inch wide-angle LCD monitor; 170-degree viewing angle
  • LCD Monitor:  2.7" Wide (300k Pixels) 
  • F Value:  F1.8 (Wide) / F2.8 (Tele)
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