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Panasonic HDC-SD40 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 169g MOS Aug 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Fairly big digital zoom
Expert reviews are poor
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 339 user and expert reviews, Panasonic has excellent ratings for its video cameras. Panasonic also has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders compared to other brands. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This small total megapixels camcorder received a rating of 60% from video camera expert review website pcworld.pl. The expert review sites don't rate this Panasonic video camera very highly.


Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x. At 1,200 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD90 (1,500x and higher rated), the Sony DCR-SR21 (1,800x and higher rated), or the Canon Legria FS406 (2,000x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-SD40 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 16.8 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD40 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The optical zooms of small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-VX715SEU (18x and higher rated), the Canon XF305 (18x and higher rated), or the Sony HXR-NX3 ($3,157.99) (20x and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDC-SD40 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago also support HDMI.

Alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might also want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V250 ($480.99), or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) which has better reviews.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HDC-SD40 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDC-SD40 does not support PictBridge, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also do not support PictBridge.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The weights of video cameras of this spec and age range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 460g. The HDC-SD40 is fairly light (only 169 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HDC-SD40 features indoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also feature indoor white balance.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDC-SD40 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDC-SD40 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDC-SD40 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a batteries included.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The HDC-SD40 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the HDC-SD40 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Canon Legria FS406 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the ION DashCam (2.7165369"), the Canon Legria HF R36 (3"), or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3") which is also higher rated.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HDC-SD40 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 1.19 megapixels) amongst video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have effective megapixels (image) of between 1.1MP and 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera is 0.41MP and the highest is 4.5MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.19 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-SD40 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HDC-SD40 does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Camera

Very Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder is 1.8lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.05lx to 7lx. When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera that we have assessed the minimum illumination of, the HDC-SD40's minimum illumination of 7 lux is one of the biggest.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camcorder was released.


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Barcodes 00885170040205
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