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Panasonic HDC-SD90
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Panasonic HDC-SD90 Camcorder

3.32MP 1/4.1 219g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Powerful 40x Zooming and 3D Shooting with a Compact Body. The 28mm wide-angle on the HD 90 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is... More
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23 Reasons For

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Panasonic is one of the better rated camcorder brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Panasonic also has good ratings for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C100[plb_1983438_price].

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Quite Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the HDC-SD90 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-SD90. The average screen size of similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD90 is 2.8".

If this medium sensor size camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF S30[plb_1125145_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDC-SD90 range from 2x to 1,800x. At 1,500 times zoom factor, the HDC-SD90 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD90.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDC-SD90 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-SD90, the Panasonic HDC-SD90 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDC-SD90 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD90.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDC-SD90 is 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The optical sensor size of all medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years ranges from 1/5.8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on video cameras of a similar age and spec 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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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-SD90 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this video camera 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 video cameras of this spec and age.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

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

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-SD90 which do not have a night mode, the HDC-SD90 has a night mode.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] is also worth considering.

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3D Compatible

The HDC-SD90 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD90 are not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price].

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG video format, which is the most frequently found video format on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The HDC-SD90 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Panasonic 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 "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Manual" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The HDC-SD90 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 1 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDC-SD90. The smallest minimum illumination of medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDC-SD90 is 0.3lx, the biggest is 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx.

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Small

Camcorders of this spec and age have widths of between 17mm and 270mm, and the average width is 69mm. The HDC-SD90 is one of the smaller medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-SD90 (only 50.5 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-SD90 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-SD90 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 is not waterproof. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Only 960 X 540 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 supports a higher video resolution than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This video camera supports a 960 x 540 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras that are a similar age to it support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution. The worst video resolution of all medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The HDC-SD90 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this type and age. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of this spec and age. The cable included "AC" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Quite High Typical Power Consumption

With a typical power consumption of 7.7 Watts, the Panasonic HDC-SD90 has one of the higher typical power consumption amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The lowest typical power consumption of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDC-SD90 is 2.1W, the highest is 13W, and the average typical power consumption is 4.2W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-SD90

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this medium sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Weight

At 244 grams, the HDC-SD90 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX260V[plb_409852_price] (205g).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 21 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-SD90 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

If this medium sensor size camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ240[plb_2109550_price] (27x).

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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
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
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
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
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
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)

Expert Reviews

10 November 2011

Klein en fijn, zo komt de HDC-SD90 over. Hij levert mooi werk af, en is compact en licht genoeg om in je jaszak te dragen. Toch een voordeel als hij mee op skivakantie moet. De lens die bij 28 mm... Read more…

Well built with substantial feel
Good ergonomics too with intuitive touch-screen control
Bright lens plus decent lens reach and feature set
Though traditionally styled the HDC-S 90 is one of the slimmest camcorders around
It feels great it your hand and doesnt give you arm ache in any way
Towards the top end of our price scale
Plasticky feel accentuated by high gloss finish
One of the only negatives that we could find on the Panasonic HDC-S 90 was when the camcorder was in camera mode
The capture image button is very stiff and pressing can often knock your image off so that it becomes blurry or skewed
3D capability is patchy, no headphone socket

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdcsd90epk
Barcodes 00724327501834, 00724327508031, 00885170040151, 05025232614219
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