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Panasonic SDR-S70

Panasonic SDR-S70 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 212g CCD Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
A Compact Camcorder With A Host Of Features. The 33mm Wide-Angle And 78x Ultra Zoom. Give You A Whole New Look At Daily Life. IA (Intelligent Auto) This powerful function senses the shooting... More
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9 Reasons For

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Panasonic video cameras and also specifically for Panasonic small total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had good ratings compared to other brands.

Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of video cameras that were launched around the same time as the SDR-S70 is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x. When compared to other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SDR-S70 that we have checked the optical zoom of, the SDR-S70's optical zoom of 70 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Panasonic SDR-S70 has an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago. 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 SDR-S70 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. Most camcorders that have been around for a similar time to 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This Panasonic video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the SDR-S70. The cables includeds "AC" and "AV" are also found on this video camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the SDR-S70. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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17 Reasons Against

Only 1/8" Optical Sensor Size

The SDR-S70 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/8". That's 27% less optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size.

An 1/8" optical sensor size 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 1/3".

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The SDR-S70 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SDR-S70.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

The SDR-S70 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The SDR-S70 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the SDR-S70 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SDR-S70 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 820x. At only 100 times zoom factor, the Panasonic SDR-S70 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] (150x and higher rated).

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At only 2.7 inches, the SDR-S70 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the SDR-S70.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] (3"), the Legria HF R38[pl_1311736_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3") all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The SDR-S70 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the SDR-S70 which have a built-in display.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_2114213_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic 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. This Panasonic camcorder also supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 360.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is actually the worst supported still image resolution across all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the SDR-S70.

The best supported still image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder is 4224 x 2376.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has one of the lowest effective megapixels (movie)s (only 0.41 megapixels) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The average effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 19,000MP, and the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the SDR-S70 is 1.2 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 340,000 pixels. The SDR-S70 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 123,200 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic SDR-S70 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the SDR-S70.

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

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SDR-S70 has a higher maximum video resolution than most small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This camcorder's maximum video resolution (720 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the SDR-S70.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best maximum video resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of a similar age and type to the SDR-S70 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic SDR-S70 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the SDR-S70 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price], or the HDR-PJ410[pl_2697188_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The SDR-S70 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the SDR-S70 are also not 3D.

Video cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The SDR-S70 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The Panasonic SDR-S70 has a fairly big minimum illumination (5 lux) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the SDR-S70. Small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic SDR-S70

Released Over Five Years Ago

Panasonic released the SDR-S70 over five years ago.

Average Weight

The SDR-S70 has a fairly average weight (212 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the SDR-S70.

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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
Image Stabilizer Type
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
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Photo Mode
Windows Operating Systems Supported

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers triax sdrs70, triax sdrs70e, triax sdrs70eb, triax sdrs70ebr, panasonic sdrs70, panasonic sdrs70k, panasonic sdrs70e, panasonic sdrs70eb, panasonic sdrs70ebk
Barcodes 00885170029767, 00885170030183, 00885170040472, 00885170040489

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