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Panasonic SD800 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, x20 Intelligent Zoom, 35mm Wide Angle Leica Lens, iA + Face Recognition & New Hybrid OIS)

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  • 3MOS system renders 2D and 3D images with best-ever Panasonic image quality
  • 1,080/50p Recording (Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080, 50 Progressive Recording)
  • 3D Image Shooting with an Optional 3D Conversion Lens
  • IA (Intelligent Auto) with Face Recognition
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 6.3 x 6.6 cm ; 331 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HDC-SD800EBK
  • ASIN: B004I1KPHU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,884 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

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Manufacturer's Description

The Best-ever Panasonic Image Quality. The 3MOS System Colorfully Renders 2D and 3D Images.

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3MOS sensor
3MOS sensor

The 3MOS System has 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 megapixels x 3). This sensor separates the light received through the lens into the three primary colors -- red, green and blue, and processes each color independently, to offer images with significantly better color quality, detail and gradation than 1MOS sensor system.

Full HD Recording

1,080/50p recording (full-HD, 1,920 x 1,080, 50 progressive recording) at a 28-Mbps bit rate conveys about twice the information of 1,080i (interlace) recording to produce the ultimate in image quality, exceeding even conventional full-HD images. It minimizes afterimages and flickering caused by subject motion, and renders crisp, detailed images. Enjoy the superbly smooth images, intricate details and ultimate beauty of 1,080/50p recording (full-HD 1,920 x 1,080, 50 progressive recording).

HYBRID O.I.S. will help end blurring

HYBRID O.I.S. is a optical/electrical image stabilization system. Further to blurring by vertical/horizontal wrist movements, it detects subtle blurring by vertical/horizontal entire arm movement and corrects them using a lens in the optical system and a sensor in electrical system. In electrical image stabilization, utilizing an unused area of the sensor when zooming, suppresses image degradation. Powerful correction realizes beautiful images even when shooting on the move or zooming.

Panasonic's brilliant 3D conversion lens in action
Panasonic's brilliant 3D conversion lens in action

Convert easily to 3D

Users need only to attach the optional 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1) to the camcorder to record 3D images in AVCHD format firsthand. Incorporating Panasonic's 3MOS technology, users can easily create their own 3D movies in extreme reality. The AVCHD format enables playback using a Panasonic’s VIERA TV and Blu-ray DiscTM player/recorder. * A TV that is capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, 3D Eyewear, and HDMI cable connection are required. * Some VIERA 3DTV models may require a firmware update.

Great functionality

The iA (Intelligent Auto), consists of six functions: Face Recognition, new HYBRID O.I.S., AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control, senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images. · The functions included in iA may not be applied when conditions do not call for them.

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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Rick on 9 May 2011
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I have some 30+ years in Broadcast Television though in the days of linear video tape not the current solid state systems.

3 ccd's are the only way to get true high definition in the 3 primary colours. Single ccd cameras are technical fudges and are just not up to the job.
Specifically, Panasonic have a reputation in Broadcast Television hardware but NOT in video editors (more later).
The camera is, like all hand held cameras just too light and a tripod for any significant zoom operation is mandatory.
The set x12 can be changed to a more useful x30 and even a ridiculous x700 ! but this is a digital zoom and an astronomical mount is the only way to get a static picture at these zoom levels, even with the image stabilisation switched off.

The pictures are razor sharp. Ease of navigating the menus are very easy but will benefit from an hour playing with the manual.

Sound quality is excellent and the AGC operates without fuss or pumping. The zoom operation is as close to silent as you will find.
One fault, and it is, to my mind the second most significant gripe is Wind Noise.
Without an external headset (not available) you cannot hear the wind noise until you play the scene back and the inbuilt speaker simply does not have the output or the frequency response to let you hear the recorded wind noise.
It is frustrating.

What is required is a wind sock (as fitted to professional gun mics) that dissipate the wind in moving the light fibres rather that whistling over the mic sound holes like an organ pipe.
All inbuilt mics will do this and the supposed wind noise cancellation in this model does not seem to work though I am sure it does, but that is not good enough.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By deejayell on 20 Jun 2011
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I purchased the SD800 back in April as the SD700 was not available and most sites said the SD700 had been "superceded" by the SD800. Amazon delivered with their usual efficiency, fast and well packed. The camera does not come with an SD card, so I had purchased one in advance (8 GB). Loading the card is simple, though the drop down flap that covers the card slot and the various ports is a little fragile so be careful. After charging the battery and locking it in place it was time to video. To say the quality is amazing is an understatement, the colours are rich, the detail superb and this in the 1080i mode, I have not tried the 1080p mode. It is strange having to use the flip out viewscreen to video instead of an viewfinder, but you soon get used to it. Panning is not a strong point of this camera, it definitely likes slow pans, pan too fast and a nag screen comes up to tell you slow down. However, the biggest problem with this camera are the stereo mikes. Situated on top of the camera they make the slightest breeze sound like a force 10 storm. You cannot record conversations if the wind is blowing, it is horrendous. Unlike the SD700/900 there are no mike sockets so you can't fit a third party mike. I doubt Panasonic field tested this camera on a windy day.
The touchscreen is excellent, though it is better to use the little plastic stylus that comes with the camera rather than cover the screen in fingerprints; the menus are easy to understand and logical.
There are no anchor points on this camera for a strap which is a real oversight, so it is advisable to purchase a suitable case.
Playback is a doddle, and on our 1080 Sony 40" TV the quality is outstanding. It is as good HD as any HD TV programme. Providing you video'd indoors or outside on a still day the 2.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mikhail Lavrenov on 17 Nov 2011
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I made a conscious choice after reading various reviews and comparisons. Most comparisons favor the next model SD900 which is more expensive. However the core part of the 2 cameras is the same, and the quality of produced video is the same. The only differences between SD800 and SD900 is that SD900 has a hotshoe mount, and plugs for external microphone and headphones. And the screen of SD900 is slightly larger.

Majority of hobbyist videographers shooting family/vacation/party videos never use anything other than a naked camera out of the box. Thus why pay the extras that are never used? This is why I chosen SD800, especially it had a great discount here at amazon.co.uk

So in a nutshell:
* The quality of video is very good (perfectly acceptable for commercial stock footage agencies)
* Image stabilization works great (much better than my on my old DV Sony camera)
* Manual controls are easily accessible - though manual focus isn't the most convenient with touch screen
* Optics is a good quality (bright having maximum aperture f1.5; and sharp even at full open aperture)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paulyb on 28 Feb 2012

I used this camcorder to record my daughter dancing at a Festival, indoors amateur theatre setting, stage lighting, handheld, and noisy audience.
The SD800 captured picture and sound perfectly, my wife was delighted with the quality as she couldn't attend. the zoom was so smooth, my hamfisted filming looked very watchable. Money well spent.

Having upgraded from mini-DV tapes, this is a revelation. Lower light indoor shots are nice and come out sharp with little graininess (difficult to test in most brightly lit stores). Indoor bright light and outdoor pictures are razor sharp. The small size makes this a pleasure to carry in a padded pocket or rucksack (a little bigger than a Coke can), and feels robust too, albeit heavier than many camcorders at this price level. Reduce the screen brightness to preserve battery life, spare batteries for camcorders are always expensive. There's no illumination for filming, the front flash is for stills only. Intuitive design, and I recommend playing back via a mini HDMI-to-HDMI cable for convenience and quality.
Storage needs SD cards, but recording onto DVD loses lots of detail, so either use a Blu-ray recorder or buy lots of SD cards.

I'm so chuffed I'm carrying something with the word 'Leica' on it, but that aside, the speed in which this reacts to recording a precious moment is impressive.

The steadyshot system may not suit all tastes, as it can appear like you're on a swaying ship. The touchscreen is ok, but the equivalent Sony has much nicer icons and symbols, and Canon make nicer looking camcorders, but I have no regrets buying this and if you're dithering about upgrading your perfectly working mini-DV, you won't regret it either.
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