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Panasonic SD900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring)

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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
  • Large 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Operation
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

Product details

  • Item Weight: 395 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HDC-SD900EBK
  • ASIN: B004I1KPH0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,258 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

HDC-SD900EBK Full HD Digital CamcorderAdvanced 3MOS System1,080/50p Recording (Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080, 50 Progressive Recording)NEW HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)3D Image Shooting with an Optional 3D Conversion LensLarge 3.5-inch LCD SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card RecordingLeica Dicomar LensOptical Zoom 12xBacklight CompensationFlashHDMI (mini)Microphones (stereo mini)Headphone (stereo mini)USB: 2.0 Hi-SpeedAV multiImage Sensor: 1/4.1-type MOS x 3Power Consumption: Max. 6.4W (Recording) / Max. 10.3W (Charging)Dimension mm : 72 x 66 x 146 ( H x W x D )1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Manufacturer's Description

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

Even more from 3MOS

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 new touch-operations

The model features 3.5-inch LCDs and new touch-operations to realize much smoother shooting and playback than in previous models. The new functions start with "Touch Zoom," which allows the single-handed slow zooming and stable zooming while recording. The new functions also include "Touch Shutter," which automatically focuses and takes a still picture when the user touches the subject on the screen.* The user can also change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. * Cannot be used in motion image recording.



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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matt L on 2 Sept. 2011
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This is by far the best home consumer camcorder I've ever come across. At the time I was originally considering investing in a "prosumer" camcorder (contemplating spending up to a whopping £5000) however after a random chance meeting with a professional camera-man in London who worked on films like Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law one) I was recommended this range for my needs. What also clinched it for me was seeing footage used by some BBC wildlife program created by a previous version of this camera on the BBC HD channels. I also performed an "on-site" forest test against a prosumer DV camcorder with a friend who studies film in Kingston. Putting a long story short, she ended up using the footage taken from this device over the other camcorder for her project (that's even after converting downwards to DV resolution).

This camera is great for both home use as well as semi-pro paid jobs. I've used this unit for weddings, rock gigs, dance performances, internet videos and on holiday (even out in the rain though I wouldn't recommend it). Of course, for the pros reading this, this only goes up to 1080p and not standard production 4k and you are fixed with the permanently attached lens (hence today DSLRs that take HD footage are a good alternative consideration). Plus the microphone socket is a mini stereo jack and so when buying external microphones you'll have to consider ones which have their own power sources such as the Rode VideoMic Pro (which also mean carrying around 9V batteries, etc).

The only limitation I've found is how short a fully charged battery lasts - we're talking around 1.5 hours so spares/carrying around the battery charger is necessary.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 20 May 2011
After alot of research about the best valued consumer high def camcorders on the market today. I went for the panasonic SD900. I wanted to record a relative's wedding in high def. And lets just say the quality of the video blew me away. Without saying the 1080p recordings are beautiful. I was amazed how life like the images where. The colours are so vivid and life like when played back.

I was also very impressed with the antishake on this cam.

The only thing that lets the camcorder down is the slight buzzing sound the internal mic pics up. I think alot of camcorders have this issue. But I purchased a seperate external mic and that solved the issue for me.

I so wanted to give the SD900 a 5 out of 5. But the slight buzzing sound does does put this down to a four and a half!

Highly recomended though. Just purhcase an external mic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Parker on 17 Mar. 2012
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This camera was really bought as a treat to my self and because I wanted to be able to film in HD and watch playback on my Plasma TV in 1080/50p.
I have had Panasonic camcorders for a good few years. I like to make video diaries and film outings and the occasional camping trip or family event.

With the advent of HDTV and the possibility of SD card recording, the resultant quality, small form factor and convenience of use provided by the HDC-SD900 does not disappoint. Indeed the fact that this camera records in better than broadcast quality HD video almost seems like the icing on the cake. Sky channels broadcast HD at 5 to 10 Mbps.. this camera produces a better picture than Sky. BBC 1 HD is not even 'proper' HD it's a lower resolution ! Keep the camera still and avoid low light and you will produce astonishing results.

In the first week I had the camera, I filmed a pig in a farm yard ( I live near the New Forest ) and I was amazed at the quality of the play back. I braced myself using the top of the gate and the camera did the rest. With the camera directly connected to my Panasonic G20 Plasma the results are very good indeed . Playing back 1080/50p video on my PC is not as good.. it's alway slightly jerky. It is possible to save AVCHD to DVD though, which yields excellent results albeit with a slightly lower maximum bit rate and only if you own a Bluray player. Unfortunately I have so far found that DL DVD are simply too unreliable to write to, ( I am going to try some Verbatim disks soon ).

The stabilised lens on my GS400 from years ago was always considered pretty good.. however the SD900 is truly next-gen. It combines Electronic and optical stabilisation technologies to produce amazing results.
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189 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. on 22 May 2011
After having quite an unpleasant experience with this camcorder, I thought I'd shed light on the issues I've faced in the hope that Panasonic may look into them and investigate. I thought I'd also create an insight for any potential buyers out there who may be particularly sensitive to these sorts of issues.

The issues stated here are based on the comparison of the TM700 I previously owned and two SD900's, one of which is a replacement.

As stated, I've already briefly owned two of these camcorders and subsequently discovered serious flaws with both, as a result the second one will also be returned. I will be asking for a third and final replacement and if the issues remain I shall be asking for a refund.

The first and most serious issue I've discovered is where the image sharpness falls, sometimes quite significantly to the left hand side of the recording at widest angle. Test footage made recording a flat wall at equal distance demonstrates this issue accurately. The only way to correct the problem is to use manual focus, but even then it takes the right hand side of the picture out of focus, it's either one or the other, it's impossible to get the footage sharp across the whole field. This issue was picked up in a professional review recently made for the TM900, which is identical to the SD900 other than the built in 32 GB of flash memory. I can confirm that this issue exists on both of the SD900's I've owned the second one being worse (and which is why it will be returned to Amazon.) It seems that the issue could either be an unidentified autofocus issue or a defect/misalignment in one of the lens elements, there's no way of knowing for sure, but either could be a likely candidate.
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