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Panasonic HDC-SD40
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Panasonic HDC-SD40 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 169g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
The HD 40 Series features a 16.8x optical zoom. You can zoom close to catch dynamic shots of distant objects. And because the zoom is optical, there's limited image degradation. Also, POWER O.I.S.... More
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16 Reasons For

Good Brand

We checked 112 expert and user reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 1,200 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD40 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDC-SD40. Video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDC-SD40 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 820x.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony DCR-SR21[plb_1023010_price] (1,800x), or the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (2,000x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HDC-SD40 has an HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDC-SD40 also have an HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] all from Canon.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HDC-SD40 supports a better memory card type than most small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. This camcorder also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and spec.

Across comparable types of video camera 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 Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-SD40 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to look at including the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Very Light

The lightest similar spec camcorder that was released more than two years ago is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. With a weight of only 169 grams, the HDC-SD40 is quite light compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDC-SD40.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the HDC-SD40 is more than most small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD40. The cables includeds "AC" and "AV" are also found on this camcorder.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently found image formats supported on small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HDC-SD40 is more than most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD40. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Manual" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution(s) on small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Expert review site pcworld.pl scored this small total megapixels video camera 60 out of 100. The video camera expert review sites don't rate this video camera very highly.

Not Full HD

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD40, the HDC-SD40 is not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD40 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HDC-SD40 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 16.8 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD40 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD40. Across all the similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD40 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the HXR-NX3-1[pl_2925235_price] (20x), or the HXR-NX3-VG1[pl_2634602_price] (20x) both from Sony or the Canon XF305[plb_1515882_price] (18x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.19 megapixels, the HDC-SD40 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD40.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

At only 1.19 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-SD40 is 0.41MP and the highest is 1,300,000MP.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

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

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that are a comparable age to 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.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ410[pl_2697188_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the HDC-SD40 is not 3D.

Video cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HDC-SD40 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD40

Released Over Five Years Ago

Panasonic released the HDC-SD40 over five years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD40.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] (3"), the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included

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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