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Panasonic SD90 Full HD Camcorder - Black (SD Card Recording, x40 Intelligent Zoom, x21 Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens)

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  • Ultra-compact full HD camcorder with diverse shooting capabilities and optional 3D recording
  • 28mm Wide-Angle & Intelligent 40x Zoom Shooting with face recognition
  • 1,080/50p Recording
  • 3D Image Shooting with an Optional 3D Conversion and lens
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 5.1 x 6.3 cm ; 245 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 980 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: HDC-SD90EB-K
  • ASIN: B004I1KPI4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,527 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

Ultra-Compact Full HD camcorder with diverse shooting capabilities and optional 3D Recording. The Intelligent Zoom incorporates the Image Processing LSI Crystal Engine PRO, a super-high resolution technology to achieve ultra-telephoto 40x shooting beyond the optical zoom range of 21x. 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 Panasonics 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. Included accessories are Battery pack VW-VBK180, AC adapter VSK0712, AC cable K2CT39A00002, AV multi cable K1HY12YY0008, USB cable K1HA05AD0007, Stylus pen VGQ0C14, Shoe adapter VYC1055, Software DC-ROM HD Writer AE 3.0.

Manufacturer's Description

The HDC-SD90 is an ultra-Compact Full HD camcorder with diverse shooting capabilities and optional 3D Recording.

intelligent 42x Zoom Shooting
The SD90 boasts intelligent 42x Zoom Shooting

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Bring Faraway Subjects Close

The 28mm wide-angle is especially convenient for recording indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. The Intelligent Zoom incorporates the Image Processing LSI “Crystal Engine PRO,” a super-high resolution technology to achieve ultra-telephoto 40x shooting beyond the optical zoom range of 26x. This brings faraway subjects right up close to capture dynamic images that fill the entire frame.

Ultimate Image Quality

1080/50p 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 1080/50p recording.

Users need only to attach the optional 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1) to the camcorder to record 3D images in AVCHD format. Incorporating Panasonic's 3MOS technology, users can easily create their own 3D movies in extreme reality. The AVCHD format enables playback using a Panasonic VIERA TV and Blu-ray DiscTM player/recorder. Please note that 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.

New HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
New HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) guarantees beautiful images even when shooting on the move or zooming.

Impressive Image Stabilisation

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

Great Shooting Functions

The iA (Intelligent Auto) setting, consists of six functions: Face Recognition, new HYBRID O.I.S., AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control. The camcorder 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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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By PixelPartner on 9 Aug. 2011
There's a reason this camcorder is one of the bestselling camcorders of 2011. Last year the Panasonic SD60 hit the spot for the best balance of quality and features at a sensible price, and the SD90 inherits this crown for the class of 2011.

THE HIGH POINTS:

Great quality full HD video, including the option for 50 progressive frames a second. It easily passes the eyeball test on a 42" Panasonic plasma.

A true wideangle lens: 28mm gives a field of view similar to that of most current compact cameras. There are very few camcorders offering anything close.

An astonishing, usable zoom. Up to 40x `intelligent' zoom looks fine for daylight footage, though you might prefer to stick to true optical zoom in lower light environments. Don't even think about using the digital zoom - Why ruin your footage?

Class-leading image stabilisation. It shouldn't really be possible to hold a steady shot at 40x zoom, but it is! This really will help you get shots previously impossible due to shake. The option to further `lock' the stabilisation when you have your subject in view is an additional bonus, but you need to keep a touchscreen button depressed for this feature which I feel limits it somewhat.

Good quality low light footage. Consumer cams can live or die by their abilities in less than perfect light. I've tested the SD90 under artificial office lighting and in a garden, dusk scene and i'm happy with the footage it produces in auto mode. Yes, there is noise, and if your footage is destined for full HD output or you will be shooting primarily in poor light you might want to consider moving up the range to a more expensive unit, but for the majority of users the quality is perfectly usable.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By henkell on 13 Nov. 2011
The company I work for (I'm a photographer there) asked me to look into a HD camcorder for under £400 to film presentations and some tutorials. I narrowed it down to a few cameras and eventually chose this one because of the 28mm wide angle lens and optional microphone port. These two options can really make a difference, filming indoors especially the wide angle works really well, it means you don't have to climb into the corner of the room with the camera pressed against your face to try and get everything in. With no real idea how good the inbuilt microphone was going to be I wanted the option of adding an external microphone later on. Nothing worse than having a camera with no option to improve it later on! After using it a few times I was right, the internal mic was very quite, even in a quite room with one other person talking 5ft from the camera, the computer volume was right up even with headphones.

The camera has a manual or iA (intelligent auto) option, I always use manual in a controlled environment, you can adjust the lens aperture to increase brightness, shutter speed, white balance and the auto gain control on the microphone. Auto gain control should be turned off ideally, it makes the quite sounds louder and loud sounds quieter. If you use 'manual' under the mic option you can choose how sensitive you want the microphone to be, I always use +4 as this brings the sound up without clipping or distorting the sound. This is where we soon realised we'd need an external microphone, professional videographer's say that the audio is sometimes more important than the video and is a narnia of options in itself. I eventually went with the microphone that is recommended for this camera on the Panasonic site (model VW-VMS2E).
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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Wallace on 26 April 2011
Had the SD-90 for about a week and overall I'm impressed with it.

First off, the video quality is very good. Played videos back on a 37" HD TV via HDMI link direct to camcorder and the videos are crisp and clear (set at the default recording quality, which I think is the second highest its capable of). Maybe some slight blurring when panning very fast and colours could be at times more vivid, but there are a multitude of scene and manual setting I have fully explored yet. Generally, pictures look great. Camera works well in relatively low-light (tried inside under electric lights) and the auto focus is very quick.

Sound quality is OK via the twin microphones at the front of the camera. Seems to cope with ambient and near sounds well (not tried on a windy day so can't comment on noise pickup). Tested the range of the camera at picking speech, wasn't great, I'd estimate it was OK once within around 10 metres. Obviously sound issues could be addessed using the convinent mic port on the side of the camera and a directional mic on the shoe on the top of the camera.

Controls are simple and well placed. The touch screen works well, although using the menu to the side of teh screen (when video is displayed) can be a tiny bit fiddly. As with all touch screens the chunkier your fingers the tricker it will be. The camera is pretty feature packed. Detect faces in almost all cases, and you can have it recognise up to six faces (which you can set as a prioirty for focus, e.g. set the bride and groom as the priority focus at a wedding). The recognitions weren't 100% but was acceptable.

Build quality is very good. The camera settles neatly into your hand. The zoom is outstanding, the clarity of detail of extreme distance objects blew me away.
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