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Panasonic HDC-SD90 Camcorder

3.32MP 1/4 244g MOS Nov 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders
Has an interchangeable lens
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 338 owner and expert 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 video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

This Panasonic camcorder has been on the market since November 2012.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HDC-SD90 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HDR-CX130E + 16GB SD which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2" and higher rated), or the Canon XA10 (£1,048.80) (3.5" and higher rated).

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 760x. With a digital zoom of 1,500 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD90 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V160 (£145.95) (2,500x).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-SD90 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 21 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD90 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic AG-AC160 (£417.60) (22x).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a relatively average weight (244 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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Has a Microphone in

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HDC-SD90 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDC-SD90 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also do not support PictBridge.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4.1" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) (2.61 megapixels) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera. Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP.

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3.32 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.32 megapixels sensor camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3.32MP sensor camcorders currently available including the JVC GZ-VX715SEU which has better reviews.

If this camcorder total megapixels is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Aiptek GS 200 (£79.90) (3.5MP and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-XR200 (£799) (4MP and higher rated).

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a built-in flash, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder which do not have a built-in flash.

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Has a Built-In Light

The HDC-SD90 has a built-in light, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera do not have a built-in light.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 features indoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also feature indoor white balance.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDC-SD90 features manual focus. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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Features Auto Focus

The HDC-SD90 features auto focus, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Night Mode

The HDC-SD90 has a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera also have a night mode.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a night mode currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews.

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Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 features photo mode. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also feature photo mode.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDC-SD90 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDC-SD90 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDC-SD90 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Video

Only 960 X 540 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 supports a 960 x 540 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions supported by most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years. Video cameras of this age and spec video resolutions range from 640 x 360 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480|1600 x 1200|1920 x 1080|2592 x 1944|2816 x 1584, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdcsd90epk
Barcodes 00724327501834, 00724327508031, 00885170040151, 05025232614219

Panasonic HDC-SD90 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HDC-SD90 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 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 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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