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Panasonic SDR-S70

Panasonic SDR-S70 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 212g CCD Aug 2011
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A Compact Camcorder With A Host Of Features. The 33mm Wide-Angle And 78x Ultra Zoom. Give You A Whole New Look At Daily Life. IA (Intelligent Auto) This powerful function senses the shooting... More
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Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders built by Panasonic have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Panasonic also has good reviews across its entire range.

Very Big Optical Zoom

The SDR-S70 has a very big optical zoom (70 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the SDR-S70. The optical zooms of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the SDR-S70 range from 10x to 78x.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the SDR-S70, the SDR-S70 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 212 grams, the SDR-S70 is one of the lighter small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the SDR-S70 amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The lightest small sensor size camcorder that came out more than two years ago is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The SDR-S70 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most video cameras of this type and age 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 amongst all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the SDR-S70.

Amongst similar 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 camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The SDR-S70 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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Small

The average depth of camcorders of a similar type and age to the SDR-S70 is 140mm. At only 107 millimeters, the Panasonic SDR-S70 is quite small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the SDR-S70.

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17 Reasons Against

Only 1/8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the SDR-S70 is 1/8". That's 27% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8".

An 1/8" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size across all small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the SDR-S70.

The best optical sensor size across similar types of video camera is 1/3".

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The SDR-S70 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years do have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI port which you might also want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

The SDR-S70 is not Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the SDR-S70 do are Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic SDR-S70 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 100 times zoom factor, the SDR-S70 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Camcorders of a similar type and age to the SDR-S70 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the AG-HCK10 (£228.00) (120x), or the HC-V550 (£319.99) (150x) both from Panasonic.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Panasonic SDR-S70 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the SDR-S70.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Legria HF M56 (3" and higher rated), or the Vixia HF R40 (3" and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The SDR-S70 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the SDR-S70.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Panasonic HDC-TM900.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic SDR-S70 is 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. This Panasonic camcorder also supports a still image resolution of 640 x 360.

This video camera's still image resolution (640 x 480) is in fact the worst supported still image resolution amongst all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SDR-S70.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution is the best supported still image resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

The movie megapixel counts of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the SDR-S70 range from 0.41MP to 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. The Panasonic SDR-S70 has a very low movie megapixel count (only 0.41 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the SDR-S70.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 123,200 pixels, the SDR-S70 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The lowest display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 23,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This camcorder's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the SDR-S70.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is the best maximum image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SDR-S70 has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most camcorders of a similar age and type to it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst maximum video resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the SDR-S70.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best maximum video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SDR-S70, the Panasonic SDR-S70 does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the SDR-S70 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105 (£1,799.00).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The SDR-S70 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ320 (£329.99).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the SDR-S70, the Panasonic SDR-S70 is not waterproof.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 0.1lx to 7lx. With a minimum illumination of 5 lux, the SDR-S70 has one of the bigger minimum illumination amongst video cameras of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Panasonic SDR-S70

Released Over Five Years Ago

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

Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Photo Mode
The Windows Operating System
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers triax sdrs70, triax sdrs70e, triax sdrs70eb, triax sdrs70ebr, panasonic sdrs70, panasonic sdrs70k, panasonic sdrs70e, panasonic sdrs70eb, panasonic sdrs70ebk
Barcodes 00885170029767, 00885170030183, 00885170040472, 00885170040489

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