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Panasonic HDC-SD80
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Panasonic HDC-SD80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 192g Nov 2012
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A Compact, Stylish Design. 42x Zoom In A Compact Body. Blur-Free Images With HYBRID O.I.S. High Quality Picture & Sound Beautiful Zoom Shots Of Distant Subjects. Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID... More
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18 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic has good average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 2,000 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDC-SD80. Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-SD80 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 770x.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 2,000x (digital) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the HC-V130[pl_2224109_price] (2,500x), or the HC-V550[pl_2224111_price] (3,000x) both from Sharp or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price], and the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDC-SD80 is Full HD, as are most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price], or the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price], and the Vixia HF R500[pl_2504903_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The HDC-SD80 is fairly light (only 192 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD80. The weights of camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDC-SD80 range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. 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 memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of this type and age.

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

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The video mode of all camcorders of this spec and age ranges from 540p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-SD80 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the L-Link LL-CAM-123[plb_1997574_price], or the JVC GZ-E100[plb_1724571_price].

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The HDC-SD80 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Manual" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HDC-SD80 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this type and age. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Small

The average depth of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD80 is 140mm, and the depths range from 27mm to 1,200mm. With a depth of only 109 millimeters, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 is quite small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDC-SD80.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDC-SD80 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all video cameras of this type and age the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Very Small

At only 51.5 millimeters, the HDC-SD80 is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The average width of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 74mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This video camera received a rating of 60 out of 100 from video camera expert review website pcworld.pl. If all the camcorders of this age and type are ranked by average expert review score then this Panasonic video camera is in the bottom 13%.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDC-SD80 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-SD80 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[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Across all the camcorders that have been around for more than two years the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With a megapixel count of only 1.1 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a very low megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years have bitrates at maximum video resolution of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 200 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 30 Mbit/s. The HDC-SD80 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution (only 17 megabits per second) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-SD80. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD80 the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDC-SD80 is 2304 x 1296. That's 64% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDC-SD80. This video camera also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080. Across all similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDC-SD80 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 does not have a night mode. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD80 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HDC-SD80 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-SD80 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do 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 DCR-PJ5[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-SD80, the HDC-SD80 is not waterproof.

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Quite High Typical Power Consumption

The HDC-SD80 has one of the higher typical power consumption (4.4 Watts) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average typical power consumption of camcorders of this age and spec is 3.7W.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The HDC-SD80 has a fairly big minimum illumination (7 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The average minimum illumination of similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDC-SD80 is 2.1lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD80

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the HDC-SD80.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD80 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared this video camera to all the other 34x (optical) video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (37x), the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] (38x), or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (38x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-SD80.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price], and the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price] is also worth considering.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), or the Vixia HF R42[pl_1542156_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
S-Video in Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Lens System

Expert Reviews

(1)
3 February 2012

Panasonic HDC-SD80 ma wiele zalet - nale?? do nich wspomniany wy?ej ?wietny stabilizator obrazu, sprawny autofokus czy bardzo szeroki zakres ogniskowej. Kamera jest te? ma?a i lekka, co dla...

A good range of automatic features
Compact and lightweight
Good video quality
The Panasonic HDC-S 80 is a compact camcorder that's capable of shooting full high-definition movies
It can record four different HD formats, providing a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
Intelligent auto lighting can be blinding
Stills are predictably not a strong point
Battery jutting out makes hitting the record button a little tough
The Panasonic HDC-S 80 is a decent camcorder, offering good image quality, but at this price it doesn't really offer any stand out features
It's difficult to criticise, as it's a good all-rounder, but it could be a bit cheaper

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00885170040267, 00885170040274, 00885170040281, 04010869180016, 05025232625147, 05025232625154, 05025232625178, 05025232625291
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