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Panasonic HDC-SD80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 192g MOS May 2013
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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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16 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Panasonic camcorders and also specifically for Panasonic small total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had good reviews.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x. At 2,000 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD80 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2,000x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the HC-V500[pl_406538_price] (2,500x), or the HC-V160[pl_2749040_price] (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (2,500x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-SD80, the HDC-SD80 has an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-SD80 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDC-SD80 also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The HDC-SD80 is one of the lighter camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD80 (only 192 grams) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD80 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HDC-SD80 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic video camera 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD80.

Amongst 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 comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80 the best video mode is 1080p and the worst is 576i.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the HDC-SD80 has a built-in display.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider include the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Three White Balances

The HDC-SD80 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

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

Not Full HD

The HDC-SD80 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80 are also 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

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

At only 17 megabits per second, the HDC-SD80 has a quite small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD80. Video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD80 have bitrate at maximum video resolutions of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 25 Mbit/s.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The effective megapixels (image)s of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDC-SD80 range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.1 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-SD80's effective megapixels (image) is one of the lowest amongst comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD80 the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-SD80 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDC-SD80.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution(s)

The HDC-SD80 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2304 x 1296. That's over three times the still image resolution of a 1280 x 720 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD80. In addition, this camcorder support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080 and 2064 x 1376. Across all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD80 the best still image resolution is 5472 x 3648 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDC-SD80 also do not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include 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 also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-SD80 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price], or the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price] both from Sony.

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Not 3D

The HDC-SD80 is not 3D. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-SD80 are also not 3D.

Video cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80 are also not waterproof.

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Only Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the HDC-SD80 is more than most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The cables included "AC" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Fairly High Power Consumption (typical)

The HDC-SD80 has one of the higher power consumption (typical)s (4.4 Watts) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The lowest power consumption (typical) of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD80 is 1.8W, the highest is 12W, and the average power consumption (typical) is 3.9W.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD80

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Panasonic released the HDC-SD80.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD80.

There are a number of alternative 34x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the 800[pl_2494042_price] (35x), or the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price] (37x) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

Other 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price].

If this small total megapixels video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3") all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as 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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
S-Video in
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Photo Mode
Lens System
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure

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

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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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