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Panasonic HDC-SD80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 192g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Fairly big digital zoom
Expert reviews are poor
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

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

Excellent Brand

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


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since August 2011.


Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 760x. With a digital zoom of 2,000 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD80 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

Other 2,000x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include the Panasonic HDC-HS80K which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V500 (2,500x and higher rated), or the HC-V160 (£129.98) (2,500x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130 (2,500x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-SD80 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider include the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250 which all of have better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD80 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 34x (optical) camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the 800 (£1,100) (35x and higher rated), or the Legria FS406 (37x and higher rated) both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130 (38x and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDC-SD80 supports HDMI. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also support HDMI.

Alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V110, or the Sony HDR-XR200 which all of have better reviews.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

At only 192 grams, the HDC-SD80 is fairly light compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera. The lightest small total megapixels video camera that has been available for more than two years is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.1MP, the highest is 16MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.7MP. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the effective megapixels (image) of the HDC-SD80 of only 1.1 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-SD80 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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1.5 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 1.5 megapixels sensor video camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 1.5MP sensor camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HDC-HS80K which has better reviews.

If this Panasonic camcorder total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to consider the XM2 (1.7MP and higher rated), or the Legria HFG25 (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-SD80 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the ION DashCam (2.7165369" and higher rated), the Canon HF-M46 (3" and higher rated), or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The HDC-SD80 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The HDC-SD80 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera do not have a built-in flash.

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Has a Built-In Light

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a built-in light, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which do not have a built-in light.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDC-SD80 features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The HDC-SD80 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Other Features

Features Auto Exposure

The HDC-SD80 features auto exposure. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera also feature auto exposure.

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Features Manual Focus

The HDC-SD80 features manual focus. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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Features Auto Focus

The HDC-SD80 features auto focus. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also feature auto focus.

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Features Photo Mode

The HDC-SD80 features photo mode, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The HDC-SD80 features back light compensation, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HDC-SD80 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDC-SD80 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDC-SD80 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDC-SD80 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Video

Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of 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 video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder. The bitrate at maximum video resolutions of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Still Image

2304 X 1296 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HDC-SD80 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all video cameras that have been available for more than two years the maximum image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 4224 x 2376 pixels (best).

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2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HDC-SD80 is 2304 x 1296. That's 44% more still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this video camera). This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392 and 2064 x 1376. The still image resolution of all small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from 640 x 480 to 4224 x 2376.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic 770701482hdcsd80ebr, panasonic hdcsd80ebk, panasonic hdcsd80ebt, panasonic hdcsd80ebr, panasonic hdcsd80ebs, hdcsd80epk
Barcodes 00885170040267, 00885170040274, 00885170040281, 04010869180016, 05025232625147, 05025232625154, 05025232625178, 05025232625291

Panasonic HDC-SD80 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HDC-SD80 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 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 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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