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Panasonic HDC-SD90
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Panasonic HDC-SD90 Camcorder

3.32MP 1/4.1 219g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Powerful 40x Zooming and 3D Shooting with a Compact Body. The 28mm wide-angle on the HD 90 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is... More
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20 Reasons For

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Panasonic medium total megapixels video cameras have good ratings on average and across all camcorders Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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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 on the market for a similar time to the HDC-SD90 do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HS900, or the Canon EOS C300 (£5,999.00).

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of camcorders of this age and type range from 2x to 1,500x. When compared to other camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the digital zoom of the HDC-SD90 of 1,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the HDC-SD90 has an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD90.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The best optical sensor size of all comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDC-SD90 is 1/2" and the worst is 2/3".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many camcorders 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 Panasonic HDC-SD90 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic video camera also supports an SD 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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 typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the HDC-SD90 has a built-in display.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p supported video modes, which is the most commonly found supported video modes on video cameras of this age and type.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The cables includeds "AC" and "AV" are also found on this video camera.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently found image formats supported on camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-SD90 range from 0.3lx to 15lx. With a minimum illumination of only 1 lux, the HDC-SD90 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the HDC-SD90 is more than most camcorders of this type and age. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD90. The white balance "Cloudy" is also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The HDC-SD90 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Panasonic video camera.

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5 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDC-SD90 does not have a night mode. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the HDC-SD90 does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530, or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17) which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD90, the Panasonic HDC-SD90 is not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the JVC GZ-R15 which is also higher rated.

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Quite High Power Consumption (typical)

The power consumption (typical)s of medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDC-SD90 range from 2.1W to 13W. At 7.7 Watts, the HDC-SD90 has a fairly high power consumption (typical) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD90.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD90

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HDC-SD90 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ260E is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF S30 (3.5" and higher rated).

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 21 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD90 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDC-SD90.

If this Panasonic video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£375.00) (27x).

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Average Weight

At 219 grams, the HDC-SD90 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-SD90.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
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
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
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
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)

Expert Reviews

10 November 2011

Klein en fijn, zo komt de HDC-SD90 over. Hij levert mooi werk af, en is compact en licht genoeg om in je jaszak te dragen. Toch een voordeel als hij mee op skivakantie moet. De lens die bij 28 mm... Read more…

Well built with substantial feel
Good ergonomics too with intuitive touch-screen control
Bright lens plus decent lens reach and feature set
Though traditionally styled the HDC-S 90 is one of the slimmest camcorders around
It feels great it your hand and doesnt give you arm ache in any way
Towards the top end of our price scale
Plasticky feel accentuated by high gloss finish
One of the only negatives that we could find on the Panasonic HDC-S 90 was when the camcorder was in camera mode
The capture image button is very stiff and pressing can often knock your image off so that it becomes blurry or skewed
3D capability is patchy, no headphone socket

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

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

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