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Panasonic HDC-SD40
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Panasonic HDC-SD40 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 169g MOS Aug 2012
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Ultra-compact and weighing only approximately 169g, the HDC-SD40 is the world's lightest* camcorder and has a stylish design. They can be carried anywhere to record high-quality videos at anytime.... More
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16 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic has good average reviews for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-SD40 range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. With a digital zoom of 1,200 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD40 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V500 (2,500x), or the HC-V130 (£149.99) (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria FS406 (2,000x) which is also higher rated.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD40, the HDC-SD40 is Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V510 (£339.99).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDC-SD40 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD40.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V510 (£339.99), or the JVC GZ-E100 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD40, the HDC-SD40 has an image stabiliser.

Other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ220.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-SD40 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. This Panasonic camcorder also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-SD40.

Across comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-SD40 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in display.

There are a number of other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Light

The weights of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDC-SD40 range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. At only 169 grams, the HDC-SD40 is quite light compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HDC-SD40 is more than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-SD40. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Small

At only 108.5 millimeters, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The depths of video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-SD40 range from 27mm to 1,200mm.

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Very Small

At only 51.5 millimeters, the HDC-SD40 is quite small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD40. Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 30mm and 570mm.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Panasonic camcorder received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from pcworld.pl. Camcorder experts aren't convinced by this video camera.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the HDC-SD40 does not have an interchangeable lens.

Other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 16.8 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD40 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD40. Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD40 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the HXR-NX3 (£3,399.99) (20x), or the HXR-NX3-1 (20x) both from Sony or the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-SD40 the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP. The HDC-SD40 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 1.19 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDC-SD40.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

Comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. With a movie megapixel count of only 1.19 megapixels, the HDC-SD40 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDC-SD40 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HDC-SD40 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a night mode which you might want to consider including the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 (£184.04) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDC-SD40 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD40 are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD40 do not have a built-in projector. The HDC-SD40 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ220, or the HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) both from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the HDC-SD40 is not waterproof.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 0.1lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. The minimum illumination of the HDC-SD40 of 7 lux is one of the biggest amongst small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDC-SD40.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD40

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this Panasonic video camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HDC-SD40 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDC-SD40.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria FS406.

If this Panasonic video camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Legria HF R36 (£184.04) (3"), or the Legria HF R46 (£442.80) (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110 (£269.00) (3") which is also higher rated.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
3 February 2012

Zalet? Panasonica HDC-SD40 jest dobry autofokus, szeroki zakres ogniskowej i szybkie dostosowywanie si? do zmiany o?wietlenia. Kamera jest te? wyj?tkowo ma?a i lekka, co dla niektórych mo?e mie?...

They're compact and have manual controls, a zoom lens, and a video light, which is nice for the price of the Panasonic HDCS 40
T 40 and T 41
Szybkie dostosowanie si do zmiany ogniskowej, dobry autofokus i stabilizacja, spory zoom
When it comes to video quality, you're getting what you pay for
Wski kt widzenia obiektywu
Rczny mechanizm zasaniania obiektywu

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 27 May 2011 by Eljay_87

I have owned this machine for a week now and when i bought it it came with Windows Office 2011 for mac which was useful to me as i was told its 100% compatible with windows office 2007 which is... Read more…

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