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Panasonic SD600 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) Camcorder with 3MOS Sensor and SD Card Recording - Black
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SD Card Full-HD Camcorder featuring Advanced 3MOS System and 35mm Wide-angle Leica Dicomar Lens
The SD600's high-sensitivity 3MOS system has achieved 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 megapixels x 3). This new image sensor offers beautiful images with significantly better colour quality, detail and gradation than the 1MOS sensor system. The large-diameter F1.5 Leica Dicomar Lens, newly developed Crystal Engine Pro, and this high-sensitivity sensors have improved the efficiency of light gathering, increased sensitivity, and reduced noise by one-half to provide users with bright, low-noise recording even in dim lighting.
New 1080/50p recording (Full-HD, 1920 x 1080, 50 progressive recording) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording to produce the ultimate beauty in image quality, exceeding even conventional Full-HD images. It minimizes afterimages and flickering caused by subject motion and renders crisp, detailed images. 64GB SDXC card can record approximately 27 hours 30 minutes of 1920 x 1080i High Definition video in HE mode, and approximately 5 hours 20 minutes of 1920 x 1080p full High Definition video in 1080/50p mode.The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate low-frequency hand-shake, the new POWER O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively. The new O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide angle to telephoto. The 12x optical zoom lens is further enhanced by Intelligent Resolution Technology in the Crystal Engine Pro image-processing circuit, to produce the new 18x Intelligent Zoom. The new zoom achieves even greater image detail. And SD600 is also equipped with a 35mm* wide-angle lens that is ideal for many different shooting situations, such as self-portraits and group photos indoors, and landscape shots outdoors. * 35mm-lens equivalent.
The iA function includes Face Recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.See all Product description
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The main reason why I changed from the SD60 was the fact that the SD600 comes with a remote control, while the SD60 like many other camcorders these days do not have a remote. It would have been nice to have mic inputs, but unfortunately you have to go upto the 700 series for that, and for me the extra expense is just not worth it. I also prefer the SD600's separate charger, which I think is preferable to on-camera charging. It means you can use your camcorder while your spare battery is being charged. The addition of the threaded lens mount may also be useful to some people, the camcorder comes with a small screw on 'lens hood' which I leave on all the time.
One of my main concerns was some comments I'd read about the SD600 fan noise (fitted to all 3mos cams) but, it's proved not to be an issue, yes, you can just about hear it, it is audible, but you really have to listen for it, for 95% of the time you simply don't hear it at all.
Many people use the free VLC player for playing back their HD movies, but I notice the latest Windows 7 media player also plays back the HD movie format 'M2TS' and others just fine, the replay quality both from the TV and PC is really excellent. BTW...another very good HD movie player is 'Splash Pro', but for most people Microsofts latest media player will give superb smooth high quality results.
I had a spare battery with my Amazon deal, and I've since bought a 3rd cheap non Panasonic battery which also works fine, battery life is around 80/90mins continual use, the times I've been out with it, I've not needed to use the spare battery yet, but no doubt in the summer it will get more use.
My only negative comment for Panasonic camcorders, would be the fact that the record start/stop button could have been placed in a more comfortable position, though this would likely mean re-designing the battery mount...lol.. I suspect this is the price we pay due to modern day camcorders being very small indeed.
So, in conclusion, I think this Amazon deal on the SD600 is quite good, you certainly won't be disappointed with the quality you get from this camcorder. One may ask.. is it worth the extra over the SD60?, well... if you want the best video quality you can get with the extra low light capabilities, then yes! I think it's worth paying the extra.
And thats what it is - a marvel for this price. After reading the other reviews it seems everyone else has outlined the product well, so here are just some personal high's and low's:
+ The package is well thought out and contains everything you would typically need, aside from an SD card obviously. Whereas other companies like Sony rely on extra profits from accessories, Panasonic have delightfully included a wireless remote to control your camcorder (very handy indeed), a lens-hood for blocking out some light, a HD-component cable and even a stylus to navigate the touch screen more accurately. Excellent service.
+ Compared to the upcoming 'SD800', I did a lot of research to see if I was worthwhile paying the extra bucks, and as it turned out the only real difference was that the 800 is compatible with Panasonic's new 3D adapter. Given 'Digital 3D' is popular with.. a few dozen people, I wasn't worried about this and went for the 600 model. Same sensors, same controls.
+ Features galore! This has one of the greatest Manual Modes for its price range. Obviously if you haven't used a camcorder for years like myself, most of these features resemble a high end SLR camera with shutters speeds and white balance, so you'll want to keep your manual handy to get the best from the product.
+ Nice Menu system that is easy to navigate.
+ Feels really, really nice in the hand - not too light, and the 'grip' side of the device is comfortable.
+ 25fps Mode, so your recordings that 'cinema look', and even a cinema colour mode which really saturates images like an old Technicolor camera.
+ Microphone and sound recording is absolutely wonderful.
However, like anything else thats great, their are some compromises. Firstly, the issue of 1080p [50fps] recording.
I don't blame Panasonic for the issues with this format, because their is actually nothing wrong with the recordings. You may even be wondering why 1080p recording is highlighted as a main product feature, and the format is actually quite simple to explain. 1080p ['p' standing for Progressive] is a higher quality recording format than 1080i ['i' standing for Interlaced]. With most camcorders on the market, any HD footage will be in 1080i, but the problem is that its no good for fast moving shots, as you will find that 'lines' appear across the screen, almost blurring the image. 1080p corrects this by doubling the amount of information recorded - thus images are the best looking and motion and smooth. The Panasonic SD600 supports 1080p recording, and does so flawlessly. But the problem isn't with the product - its the fact that software which supports 1080p [50fps] editing are so few and far between. This a current problem, and until the format is adopted better for home use, such recordings will be a troublesome.
Software is included in this package on a CD [HD Writer A.E], but it is a very basic program and merely allows for importing difficult content such as 1080p, while the 'editing' is worse than Windows Movie Maker.
However, as stated, 1080p recordings can playback without any issue - be it on a T.V, or a computer. I used the free program 'VLC' to playback 1080p recordings on my iMac, and the results were outstanding. In fact, the grain looks so natural even during low light that you would swear the footage came from 35mm film. For now, if the user is looking for the best quality recordings, then the obvious solution is to go for the next 'stage down' on the products list of formats, which in fairness, isn't dissimilar. Whats more, the user can always "De-interlace" the video footage should their software have the option, and this will make motion clearer.
- No FireWire support
A highly recommended product that offers value and performance in a mid-range price category. As others have said, their are cameras more than twice the price of this that can perform just as well, so their is really no reason not to buy.
The video is top notch. Also I have never since needed to buy a stills camera because the still pictures it takes are more detailed than I actually require (I'm normally just taking pictures of items before I put them for sale on eBay). Oh, and I'm also very impressed at how close I can get and still get good focus on the stills. The video quality is so good that in my Avid editing program I can zoom in digitally for panning or cropping and still the video looks OK.
Amazing machine. I just don't know how I would ever manage without it.
I had read the great reviews on site, but this camcorder give amazing quality video playback and is so intuative to use. The on screen menues make it easy to find the functionality you need or simply put it onto "auto everything" and shoot away.
Cant recomend this highly enough, but make sure you buy a large SD card as recording in 1080p High Def does create some very large files.
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