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Panasonic HDC-SD40 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 169g MOS Aug 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Quite big digital zoom
Expert reviews are poor
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Expert review site pcworld.pl scored this Panasonic camcorder 60%. This puts this video camera in the bottom 19% of all the similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 338 expert and user reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was August 2012 when this Panasonic camcorder was released.


Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of video cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 760x. At 1,200 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HDC-SD90 (1,500x and higher rated), the Sony DCR-SR21 (1,800x and higher rated), or the Canon Legria FS406 (2,000x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-SD40 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130 which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 16.8 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of video cameras of this spec and age is 30x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the JVC GZ-VX715SEU (18x and higher rated), or the Canon XF305 (18x and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of other video cameras which support HDMI currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V510, or the Sony HDR-XR200 (£799) which all of have better reviews.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDC-SD40 does not support PictBridge, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support PictBridge.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of this type and age.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1.1MP to 16MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.7MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.19 megapixels, the HDC-SD40 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera is 0.41MP and the highest is 4.5MP. At only 1.19 megapixels, the HDC-SD40 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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1.5 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 1.5 megapixels sensor video camera.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to consider the XM2 (1.7MP and higher rated), or the Legria HFG25 (£618.69) (2.07MP and higher rated) both from Canon or the Rollei S-30 (£78.99) (2MP and higher rated).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Canon Legria FS406.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the ION DashCam (2.7165369" and higher rated), the Canon Legria HF R36 (3" and higher rated), or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The HDC-SD40 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg. With a weight of only 169 grams, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 is quite light compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HDC-SD40 features indoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also feature indoor white balance.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDC-SD40 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDC-SD40 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HDC-SD40 has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on video cameras of this age and type.

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Camera

Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of 7 lux, the HDC-SD40's minimum illumination is one of the biggest amongst similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The minimum illuminations of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera range from 0.05lx to 1,400lx.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00885170040205

Panasonic HDC-SD40 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HDC-SD40 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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