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Panasonic HDC-SD80
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Panasonic HDC-SD80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 192g MOS Oct 2011
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A Compact, Stylish Design. 42x Zoom In A Compact Body. Blur-Free Images With HYBRID O.I.S. High Quality Picture & Sound Beautiful Zoom Shots Of Distant Subjects. Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID... More
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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic small sensor size camcorders have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The HDC-SD80 has a fairly big digital zoom (2,000 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The smallest digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDC-SD80 is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x.

There are a number of alternative 2,000x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HC-V500[pl_406538_price] (2,500x), or the HC-V130[pl_2196459_price] (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the HDC-SD80 is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price], and the HDC-HS80[pl_155514_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the HDC-SD80 has an HDMI port.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDC-SD80 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD80.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Samsung VP-X300[plb_2297347_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 is fairly light (only 192 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDC-SD80. The average weight of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 500g, and the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-SD80 supports a better memory card type than most comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it support an SD memory card. This video camera 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 in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and spec.

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

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Camcorders of this type and age video modes range from 540p to 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD80, the HDC-SD80 has a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price].

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HDC-SD80 is more than most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Manual" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The HDC-SD80 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-SD80. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Small

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 is one of the smaller camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDC-SD80 (only 109 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest camcorder of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-SD80 is 27mm deep, the biggest is 1,200mm, and the average depth is 140mm.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HDC-SD80 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all camcorders of this type and age is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Very Small

The smallest camcorder of a similar type and age to the HDC-SD80 is 30mm wide, the biggest is 570mm, and the average width is 75mm. At only 51.5 millimeters, the HDC-SD80 is quite small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD80.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This small sensor size camcorder received a score of 60 out of 100 from video camera expert review site pcworld.pl. It seems that video camera experts really don't rate this Panasonic video camera very highly.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDC-SD80 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDC-SD80 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel count of the Panasonic HDC-SD80 of only 1.1 megapixels is one of the lowest amongst camcorders of this age and type. The megapixel counts of video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD80 range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The HDC-SD80 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution (only 17 megabits per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-SD80 the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 35 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 24 Mbit/s.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

At only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-SD80 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDC-SD80 is 2304 x 1296. That's 64% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. This camcorder also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080. Across all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD80 the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDC-SD80 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDC-SD80 also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDC-SD80 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80, the HDC-SD80 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the DCR-PJ5[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this type and age are not waterproof. The Panasonic HDC-SD80 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite High Typical Power Consumption

The HDC-SD80 has a fairly high typical power consumption (4.4 Watts) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80 have typical power consumption of between 1.8W and 12W.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-SD80 is 0.1lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. With a minimum illumination of 7 lux, the HDC-SD80 has one of the bigger minimum illumination amongst video cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD80

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD80 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDC-SD80.

We compared this video camera to all the other 34x (optical) video cameras and we think the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (37x and higher rated), the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] (38x and higher rated), or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (38x and higher rated).

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price], and the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), or the Vixia HF R42[pl_1542156_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (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 the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras that have been available 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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
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
Networking
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Manual Focus
Photo Mode
Lens System
The Windows Operating System
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
3 February 2012

Panasonic HDC-SD80 ma wiele zalet - nale?? do nich wspomniany wy?ej ?wietny stabilizator obrazu, sprawny autofokus czy bardzo szeroki zakres ogniskowej. Kamera jest te? ma?a i lekka, co dla...

A good range of automatic features
Compact and lightweight
Good video quality
The Panasonic HDC-S 80 is a compact camcorder that's capable of shooting full high-definition movies
It can record four different HD formats, providing a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
Intelligent auto lighting can be blinding
Stills are predictably not a strong point
Battery jutting out makes hitting the record button a little tough
The Panasonic HDC-S 80 is a decent camcorder, offering good image quality, but at this price it doesn't really offer any stand out features
It's difficult to criticise, as it's a good all-rounder, but it could be a bit cheaper

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdcsd80, hdcsd80e, hdcsd80ep, hdcsd80epk, panasonic hdcsd80, panasonic hdcsd80e, panasonic hdcsd80eb, panasonic hdcsd80ebk, panasonic hdcsd80ebt, panasonic hdcsd80ebr, panasonic hdcsd80ebs, panasonic 770701482hdcsd80, panasonic 770701482hdcsd80e, panasonic 770701482hdcsd80eb, panasonic 770701482hdcsd80ebr
Barcodes 00885170040267, 00885170040274, 00885170040281, 04010869180016, 05025232625147, 05025232625154, 05025232625178, 05025232625291

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