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The Panasonic SDR-H80 is an entry-level, compact camcorder that weighs just 300 grams.

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Pros

lightweight

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large 60GB of internal storage

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attractive aesthetic

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easy to use

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70x optical zoom

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optical image stabilization

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Cons

still photos are limited in resolution due to the small 0.8MP sensor

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shoots in standard definition only

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utilizes spinning drive storage - uses more power and is more prone to physical damage than solid state flash storage

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unusable in low light

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poor video image quality - very grainy

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The Panasonic SDR-H80 is an entry-level, compact camcorder that weighs just 300 grams. The first of three Panasonic SDR-H camcorders, the Panasonic SDR-H80 features a 0.8 megapixel sensor, a 70x optical zoom, a 100x digital zoom, and a 2.7” LCD display. In addition, the SDR-H80 boasts a 60GB hard drive and an SD/SDHC memory card port. Users have the option of recording video either onto the HDD or onto an SD card in MPEG-2 format. In fact, the HD can store up to 14-54 hours of video, whereas a typical 8GB SD card can store approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes of video. The SDR-H80 also includes Optical Image Stabilization, and Face Detection functions for smoother recording, not to mention a YouTube video mode for Internet-ready recording. The Panasonic SDR-H80 retails for $449.95 and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

Features
  • Entry-Level
  • .8 Megapixel Sensor
  • 70x Optical Zoom
  • 100x Digital Zoom
  • 2.7” LCD Display
  • 60GB HDD
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card Port
  • Optical Image Stabiization
  • Face Detection
  • YouTube Video Mode
  • Available in Silver, Red, or Purple
  • Weight: 300g
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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