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Panasonic SDR-H101

Panasonic SDR-H101 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 273g CCD Jan 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
SDR-H101- 80GB Hard Disc Drive and SD card slot- Advanced O.I.S. with Active Mode- 33mm wide-angle lensiA (Intelligent Auto) with AF/AE tracking. Compact Hybrid HDD/ SD Card Camcorder With... More
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20 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic SDR-H101 had a good zoom. Techmagnifier.com said “70x optical zoom with a 78x Enhanced Optical Zoom” in their review. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Zoom microphone works well”.

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good lens. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review “33mm wideangle lens, iA (Intelligent Auto) w” but they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

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

Good Battery Life

Several people who bought the product thought it had a good battery life.

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic SDR-H101 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of this camcorder four years ago “With some good features, this gadget can be a decent buy for you” but even so they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Good Size

A number of Panasonic SDR-H101 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was compact. Techmagnifier.com said “Compact size and light” however despite that they scored the product 60 out of 100. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Battery, -Compact, -OIS”.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic SDR-H101 owner who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Good image quality” but in spite of that they scored the Panasonic SDR-H101 60 out of 100.

Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 70 times zoom factor, the SDR-H101's optical zoom is one of the biggest amongst camcorders of this age and type. The average optical zoom of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

Alternative 70x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic SDR-S70.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SDR-H101 is 800x. At 3,500 times zoom factor, the SDR-H101 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the SDR-H101.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3,500x (digital) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic SDR-T70 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic SDR-H101 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R42 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most commonly found image stabilizer type on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. 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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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the SDR-H101, the SDR-H101's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 2,625 millimeters is one of the longest. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SDR-H101 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The SDR-H101 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of this spec and age. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most camcorders that came out around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this 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 across all small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SDR-H101.

Across similar 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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Has a Night Mode

The SDR-H101 has a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders with a night mode currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Large Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of camcorders of this age and type is 28GB, and the internal storage capacitys range from 2GB to 120GB. The SDR-H101 has one of the larger internal storage capacitys (80 gigabytes) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SDR-H101, the Panasonic SDR-H101 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Vivitar DVR426, and the Canon Vixia HF R400 is also worth considering.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most frequently found viewfinder type on small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 11. With a maximum aperture number of 5.7, the SDR-H101 has a quite high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Three White Balances

The SDR-H101 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the SDR-H101. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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18 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review site techmagnifier.com scored this small total megapixels video camera 60 out of 100. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this Panasonic camcorder.

Only 1/8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the SDR-H101 is 1/8". That's 27% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8".

An 1/8" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The SDR-H101 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an HDMI including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R46 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105 which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

The Panasonic SDR-H101 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SDR-H101 are also not Full HD.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the HDR-CX190EB, or the HDR-PJ620 both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The SDR-H101 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the SDR-H101 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The Panasonic SDR-H101 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.7 inches) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The smallest display diagonal of video cameras of this type and age is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the GZ-E105, or the GZ-E100 both from JVC or the Sony DCR-SR21 (£41.68).

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V510 (£339.99) (3" and higher rated), or the Canon Legria HF R406 (3" and higher rated).

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Across all the camcorders of this type and age the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 25 Mbit/s. The bitrate at maximum video resolution of the SDR-H101 of only 2.5 megabits per second is one of the smallest amongst similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the SDR-H101.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the SDR-H101 is 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders of this age and spec. In addition, this video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 360. Across all video cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4224 x 2376.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The average effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders that came out around the same time as the SDR-H101 is 19,000MP, and the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP. The SDR-H101 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) (only 0.52 megapixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the SDR-H101 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the SDR-H101.

Across similar types of video camera the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The SDR-H101 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 123,200 pixels) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and type to the SDR-H101 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels.

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Not Waterproof

Most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years are not waterproof. The Panasonic SDR-H101 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the SDR-H101 do not have a built-in projector. The SDR-H101 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ220 (£185.00), or the HDR-PJ320E (£329.99) both from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only 720 X 576 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SDR-H101 has a 720 x 576 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The maximum video resolution of all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the SDR-H101 ranges from 720 x 480 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Not 3D

Most video cameras of this type and age are not 3D. The SDR-H101 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00).

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Only 720 X 576 Pixels Video Resolutions

The SDR-H101 supports a 720 x 576 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions supported by most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. The best video resolution of all small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SDR-H101 is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 640 x 360 pixels.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The Panasonic SDR-H101 has one of the higher minimum aperture numbers (1.9) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The lowest minimum aperture number of video cameras of this age and type is 1.5 and the highest is 3.1.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of 5 lux, the SDR-H101 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the SDR-H101. Across all the camcorders that were released more than two years ago the minimum illuminations range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic SDR-H101

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Panasonic released the SDR-H101.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the SDR-H101 has a relatively standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the SDR-H101.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M46, the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 all from Canon.

Camcorders with a larger maximum memory card size that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-E105 (128GB), or the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 273 grams, the SDR-H101 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SDR-H101.

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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
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
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Pre-Record
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
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Power Consumption (typical)
AV Output

Expert Reviews

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16 July 2012

As you go through the SDR-H101 Review, you will realize that the SDR-H101 is a good camcorder, but it's not an extraordinary one. With some good features, this gadget can be a decent buy for you....

70x optical zoom with a 78x Enhanced Optical Zoom
2.7 inch Wide LCD 123k
Signal System
625 50i
Recording Format
Cannot deliver better performance in dim environment
Lensglare is that good
Absence of headphone jack
Power button is unresponsive on many occasions
Poor performance in dim environment

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sdrh101bk
Barcodes 08887549402845

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