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Panasonic HDC-SD10 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder With 16x Optical Zoom - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Panasonic
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Full HD 1920x1080 recording with SD card slot
  • Advanced optical image stabiliser, face detection, intelligent scene selector
  • Leica Dicomar lens with 16x optical zoom
  • Intelligent auto mode and autofocus tracking
  • Touch screen operation
There is a newer model of this item:
Panasonic HC-V750EB-K Full HD Camcorder - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014) Panasonic HC-V750EB-K Full HD Camcorder - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014) 4.5 out of 5 stars (17)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 11.5 x 6.3 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Item model number: HDC-SD10EB-K
  • ASIN: B0029LHG8M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,163 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Sometimes a scene is backlit or too dark, or it's difficult to get a good focus on the subject. Adjusting the settings every time is not only a hassle, it can be very tricky. That's where iA comes in.

af tracking

This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA lets you forget about bothersome settings and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images.

AF/AE Tracking
Locks on a subject and tracks it. Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal, that you want to focus on, and let AF/AE Tracking do the rest.

The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. It keeps tracking even if the subject turns to the side. This advanced function makes it easy to get a continually clear, beautiful shot of the subject in the scene you care most about.

Face Detection
Face Detection Captures faces beautifully - even in dim or backlit scenes. it automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see.

The focus also prioritizes the faces, and skin tones are smoothed.

Faces in the center of the frame serve as the reference for adjustments, but the function can detect up to 15 faces in all.

Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector function analyzes the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the Scene mode that will give you optimal results.

This mode is ideal for shooting wide landscapes and sweeping vistas, such as at the ocean or in the mountains. It balances the exposure over the entire frame to prevent brighter parts of the image, such as the sky, from being washed out or having blown highlights.

This mode captures faces beautifully. With Soft Skin mode, complexions are automatically enhanced to make faces attractive.

The camcorder automatically uses this mode for scenes with particularly strong contrast, such as when you're shooting a spotlit area on a darkened stage. It captures the well-lit subject perfectly and prevents washed-out areas.

In dim lighting, the camcorder automatically switches to a slower shutter speed so that images across the entire frame are bright and easy to see.

Intelligent Contrast ControlIntelligent Contrast Control
By detecting the intensity of the ambient light and adjusting the exposure accordingly, Intelligent Contrast Control prevents blown highlights and blocked shadows.

This helps render natural-looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast.

Touch Screen Operation
Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read. Shooting and viewing are simple and stress-free – even for beginners.

advanced oisAdvanced Optical Image Stabiliser
Advanced O.I.S. ensures beautiful shots even with high-power zooming.

Using the Advanced O.I.S technology, gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens unit shifts to continuously adjust the optical axis, so that videos are perfectly sharp and blur-free.

Just lean back and enjoy capturing videos in their full natural beauty for the most clear and amazingly beautiful videos - even when shooting long-distance zoom shots.

The known typical hand-shake effect is no longer a concern.

16x optical zoom16x Optical Zoom
The SD10 features a 16x optical zoom. You can zoom close to catch dynamic shots of distant objects. And because the zoom is optical, there's limited image degradation.

Also, Panasonic's Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps prevent blurring – typically a big concern when shooting with a zoom.

This combination of optical zoom and Advanced O.I.S. gives you the ability to take fantastic zoom shots.

Highlight Playback
Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, and plays them, backed by music. It decides how exciting a scene is based on zooming, panning, and scene changes, and whether there are faces and cheers. This gives you a quick, easy way to view the most exciting scenes all together. It's a great way to look back over exciting memories that you have recorded.

 



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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
167 of 173 people found the following review helpful
By JR
First I'd like to say top job as usual Amazon on a great service. Received the camcorder very quick and well packed.

Also, whoever rated this camcorder a 2 because it only took 2MP stills and not 6 like the Sanyo, remember this is a CAMCORDER, NOT a CAMERA. I don't care about the pictures it takes, I have a camera for that, the main thing being a camcorder is the video, which thankfully with all its features to help it is fantastic.

Now onto the important stuff. Well, I have to say, this is a fantastic camcorder. I chose the Panasonic SD10 over its similar sized/purpose camcorders mainly because of the 16x optical zoom which is what I need, and also mostly because unlike similar offerings including the Sony TG3 and Sanyo HD2000, the SD10 has an optical image stabiliser when filming and not a terrible electrical one, which when I saw a video of the HD2000 in action made me glad I didn't choose electrical, as for what I use it for the footage would come out no better than falling down a flight of stairs.

The Panasonic SD10 is so lightweight and easy to carry around. It is so compact that its unbelievable you can easily carry something this small with such technology in it to get great footage. It fits in my hand well when filming and can even fit in my pocket, I say it like that as my pockets aren't that loose! Although I'd advise you it would be better if you had slightly bigger pockets just to cover it better if you plan to put it in a pocket. You can easy fit it in a coat pocket or just a carry pouch or something.

Speaking of easy, the whole design and use is easy. It is very easy to use and the touch screen is easy to navigate after not much use.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome HD output 30 July 2009
Verified Purchase
I bought this camera at the end of June to take on holiday to the Algarve.

It's so small & light that you could feesibly put it in your pocket! I only used it on the automatice mode and the recordings were great outdoors. The image stablisation really works. The zoom & auto focus both work great as well. Indoors the quality suffers but I rarely use a camcorder indoors so this did not really bother me. I have also read that some are disappointed with the 2.1m still shooting mode, but again if you read the specs before you buy and are aware of it's limitations as a still camera then again no problem. I continue to use my compact for these shots, I bought this camcorder for shooting video, which it is good at.
The only gripe I have is the picking up of wind noise (even with wind cut on) which you cannot control as it has no seperate mike input.
The video quality is outstanding on my 40" Sony HD TV. I transferred the footage onto my computer using the sofware supplied no problem. I then transferred this to a DVD-R in AVCHD format (intention is to free up SD card for re-use) and played it through my Bluray player, fantastic, and I had not even been using the best recording resolution.
The software supplied does the basic necessary functions but if you want anything more then you will have to invest in a better video editing package (I am trialling Videostudio Pro at the moment -one of the few that can handle AVCHD video).
Overall I am very happy with my purchase although Panasonic could do better by bundling some more advanced video editing software, even if only allowed you to edit out some of that wind noise.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HD Cam 29 Jun 2009
I bought this super small HD Camcorder after it had been highly reviewed by some websites. I then saw it advertised on TV last week and it certainly doesnt dissapoint. Its really small and light and the touch screen tracking thing works brilliant. When i plug it into my 37inch tv the footage is brilliant and it came with a free 12GB SD card - perfect! As far as HD camcorders go I would definately recommend it
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some serious design flaws 26 Jan 2010
I bought this camera on the back of the many favourable reviews.

Positive: The camcorder is small, light and very portable.

Negative: I was disappointed with the quality of the HD motion pictures. Faces were washed out, and my old DV Panasonic camcorder produces better quality pictures. There are also a couple of design flaws:

1. The battery is slotted in from the side - this means that any replacement batteries you buy must be of the same physical size, otherwise the screen does not fold shut! I bought a higher capacity battery (a must because the supplied battery is very limited in its duration) and only then did I find out how stupid this design is. You really do not want to store your camcorder or walk around with your screen opened up because of the large battery size. Compare this with the Panasonic HDC-SD200, where the battery is slotted from the back, and the screen can be closed normally - now we are talking!

2. The lens cover needs to be manually opened using a fiddly slider next to the lens. You will often find yourself switching the camcorder on, only to be told that condidtions are too dark. Again compare this to the Panasonic HDC-SD200, where flipping open the screen will power on the Camcorder and open the lens automatically. Again, now we are talking!

3. Beware the "quick start" function - great idea, but it uses 70% of the battery used in normal mode - with the low capacity of the supplied battery, your recording time will be drastically cut short if you use this function!

Conclusion: if you can afford the Panasonic HDC-SD200, go for this one instead of the SD10 - you will not regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great camera although provided software not great. Very handy size and one of my better amazon buys.
Published 10 hours ago by Mark Chettleburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars nice and light.
had camera for a few years now very happy, put good class 10 sd card in, picture Quality very good, battery life not bad, never run out when filming not yet, good price as well. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leslie Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need For Home Videos And More!
Fantastic camera with a load of functional control for the money but easy to use if you want. Excellent quality in daylight and the AVCHD format is even better than HDV if you have... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by Captain Kirk
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This is the first camcorder I have bought and after reading all the reviews I thought I would go for it as would be great for Christmas with the grandchildren and also a Disney... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by Mrs. J. Nesbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic HD Camcorder
Excellent product from Panasonic.Easy to use very good video picture.As it records only onto memory card id recommend a 16GB SD card.SanDisk 16GB SDHC Secure Digital Card
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by paultray
5.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion
It is a great little camera recording high quality footage. But when filming inside it is very grainy and dissapointing this is an outdoor camcorder.
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by ATLOEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic HDC-SD10
COuldn't be happier with this, does everything it says it will and is great value for the price.
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by Fergal Creelman
5.0 out of 5 stars HD Camcorder
Great HD camera, very easy to use, fits nicely in the the palm of my hand. Pictures are crystal clear when played back on a HD television.
Published on 30 Aug 2010 by A Tool
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic HDC-SD10
Ideal to handle ... for me, not too sure if you have very large hands as it is very small and compact. Read more
Published on 1 July 2010 by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera, shame about the software
To start off, the camera is nice as far as I can tell. I've filmed quite a fair bit with it.

The software is far less than ideal but there isn't much that can be done... Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by Mr. C. Tomkins
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