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Panasonic SDR-S70
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Panasonic SDR-S70 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 212g CCD Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Excellent brand
Very big optical zoom
Only 1.8" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Excellent Brand

We checked 339 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 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

It was April 2017 when this video camera was released.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder that we have assessed, the optical zoom of the SDR-S70 of 70 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The average optical zoom of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera is 30x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SDR-S70 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 100 times zoom factor, the SDR-S70 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The digital zooms of small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x.

We compared this video camera to all the other 100x (digital) video cameras and we think the Canon XM2 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) (150x) which also has a higher rating.

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Image Sensor

Only 1.8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the SDR-S70 is 1.8". That's 10% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1".

This video camera's optical sensor size (1.8") is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the best optical sensor size is 1/2".

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. When compared to other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera that we have assessed, the Panasonic SDR-S70's effective megapixels (movie) of only 0.41 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.7 inches, the Panasonic SDR-S70 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3".

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF M56 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels. When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera, the Panasonic SDR-S70's display resolution (numeric) of only 123,200 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The weights of small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder range from 57g to 3.9kg. At only 212 grams, the Panasonic SDR-S70 is quite light compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Still Image

Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The SDR-S70 supports a maximum still image resolution of 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. In addition, this camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 360. Camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4224 x 2376 (best).

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the SDR-S70 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 camcorder's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all video cameras of this spec and age.

The best maximum image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic SDR-S70 features indoor white balance. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago also feature indoor white balance.

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Other Features

Features Auto Focus

The SDR-S70 features auto focus. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera also feature auto focus.

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Features Manual Focus

The SDR-S70 features manual focus. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic SDR-S70 features photo mode, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder, the SDR-S70 does not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The SDR-S70 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The SDR-S70 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Video

Only 720 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The SDR-S70 supports a higher video resolution than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera supports a 720 x 480 pixels video resolutions, whereas most camcorders that are a similar age to it support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions. The video resolution of all camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder ranges from 640 x 360 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Panasonic SDR-S70 features back light compensation, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The SDR-S70 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.05lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.8lx. With a minimum illumination of 5 lux, the SDR-S70 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic sdrs70k, triax sdrs70ebr
Barcodes 00885170029767, 00885170030183, 00885170040472, 00885170040489

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