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Panasonic SDR-H101 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 273g CCD Jan 2013
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SDR-H101- 80GB Hard Disc Drive and SD card slot- Advanced O.I.S. with Active Mode- 33mm wide-angle lensiA (Intelligent Auto) with AF/AE tracking. Compact Hybrid HDD/ SD Card Camcorder With... More
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19 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic SDR-H101 had a good zoom. Techmagnifier.com said “70x optical zoom with a 78x Enhanced Optical Zoom” in their review. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Zoom microphone works well”.

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good lens. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review “33mm wideangle lens, iA (Intelligent Auto) w” but they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

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Good Battery Life

Several people who bought the product thought it had a good battery life.

Good Size

A number of Panasonic SDR-H101 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was compact. Techmagnifier.com said “Compact size and light” however despite that they scored the product 60 out of 100. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Battery, -Compact, -OIS”.

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic SDR-H101 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of this camcorder four years ago “With some good features, this gadget can be a decent buy for you” but even so they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 123 user and expert reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic SDR-H101 owner who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Good image quality” but in spite of that they scored the Panasonic SDR-H101 60 out of 100.

Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 70 times zoom factor, the Panasonic SDR-H101 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the SDR-H101. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the SDR-H101 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x.

Alternative 70x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include the Panasonic SDR-S70[plb_1122822_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The SDR-H101 has one of the biggest digital zooms (3,500 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SDR-H101 is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x.

Alternative 3,500x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic SDR-T70[plb_1109348_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The SDR-H101 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF G25[pl_1490851_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250[plb_2196460_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of 2,625 millimeters, the SDR-H101's maximum focal length is one of the longest amongst video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SDR-H101. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and type to the SDR-H101 the maximum focal lengths range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The SDR-H101 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which do not have a night mode, the SDR-H101 has a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a night mode currently available that you might want to consider 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] which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

At 80 gigabytes, the Panasonic SDR-H101 has a quite large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SDR-H101. Video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SDR-H101 have internal storage capacities of between 2GB and 120GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic SDR-H101 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the SDR-H101.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price], and the JVC GZ-E100[plb_1724571_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the SDR-H101 range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9. At 5.7, the SDR-H101 has a quite high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SDR-H101.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the SDR-H101 is more than most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the SDR-H101. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most commonly found image format on small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Small

The SDR-H101 is fairly small (only 107.3 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the SDR-H101. Across all the video cameras of this age and type the depths range from 27mm to 1,200mm, and the average depth is 140mm.

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17 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This video camera received a score of 60% from camcorder expert review site techmagnifier.com. That puts this camcorder in the bottom 24% of all the camcorders of this age and type.

Only 1/8" Optical Sensor Size

The SDR-H101 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/8". That's 27% less optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

An 1/8" optical sensor size is in fact the worst optical sensor size amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Not Full HD

The SDR-H101 is not Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years do are Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The SDR-H101 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SDR-H101 which have an HDMI port.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the SDR-H101, the SDR-H101 does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might want to consider including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 2.5 megabits per second, the Panasonic SDR-H101's bitrate at maximum video resolution is one of the smallest amongst video cameras of a comparable type and age to the SDR-H101. The bitrates at maximum video resolution of camcorders that were released more than two years ago 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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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the SDR-H101 is 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar age and type to the SDR-H101. This video camera also supports a still image resolution of 640 x 360.

This camcorder's still image resolution (640 x 480) is in fact the worst supported still image resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the SDR-H101.

The best supported still image resolution across comparable types of camcorder is 4224 x 2376.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

At only 0.52 megapixels, the SDR-H101 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SDR-H101. The lowest movie megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101 is 0.41MP, the highest is 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101 the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. The SDR-H101 has a fairly low display resolution (only 123,200 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the SDR-H101 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst maximum image resolution amongst all camcorders of this age and spec.

The best maximum image resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic SDR-H101 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder 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 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The SDR-H101 is no exception to this as it too is 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] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the SDR-H101, the Panasonic SDR-H101 is not waterproof.

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Only 720 X 576 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SDR-H101 has a 720 x 576 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution. Across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the SDR-H101 the best maximum video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 720 x 480 pixels.

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Only 720 X 576 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic SDR-H101 supports a 720 x 576 pixels video resolution which is higher than most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. Most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution. Across all video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SDR-H101 the worst video resolution is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

When compared to other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the SDR-H101, the minimum aperture of the SDR-H101 of 1.9 is one of the highest. Across all the similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago the minimum apertures range from 1.5 to 3.1.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of 5 lux, the SDR-H101 has one of the bigger minimum illumination amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of this age and spec the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic SDR-H101

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The SDR-H101 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price], the Legria HF R38[pl_1311736_price], and the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

If this small sensor size camcorder maximum memory card size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the GZ-E105[pl_1876013_price] (128GB), or the GZ-EX515[pl_1876080_price] (128GB) both from JVC or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Panasonic SDR-H101 has a fairly typical weight (273 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the SDR-H101.

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Average Screen Size

The SDR-H101 has a pretty typical screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the SDR-H101.

We compared this video camera to all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras and we think the GZ-E105[pl_1876013_price], and the GZ-HM30[pl_361770_price] both from JVC or the Panasonic SDR-S70[plb_1122822_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] (3"), the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] (3"), or the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Pre-Record
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
AV Output

Expert Reviews

(1)
16 July 2012

As you go through the SDR-H101 Review, you will realize that the SDR-H101 is a good camcorder, but it's not an extraordinary one. With some good features, this gadget can be a decent buy for you....

70x optical zoom with a 78x Enhanced Optical Zoom
2.7 inch Wide LCD 123k
Signal System
625 50i
Recording Format
Cannot deliver better performance in dim environment
Lensglare is that good
Absence of headphone jack
Power button is unresponsive on many occasions
Poor performance in dim environment

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sdrh101bk
Barcodes 08887549402845

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