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Panasonic HDC-SD200 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder With SD Card Slot & 3MOS Sensor - Black
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- Full HD 1920x1080 Recording, 10 Megapixel still images
- 3MOS camcorder System with 2.7 inch wide LCD screen
- SD card slot, Intelligent Auto Mode and AF Tracking
- 1.6 lux Low Light Recording
- Intelligent Auto Mode & AF Track
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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. 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.
Advanced Optical Image Stabiliser (Optical Image Stabilizer)
Panasonic’s advanced O.I.S. suppresses the effects of hand-shake as you shoot. You get all the beauty and none of the blurring, even at high zoom levels.
The O.I.S. lens moves up/down or left/right and bends the incoming light to correct hand-shake. It checks and compensates around 4,000 times per second. That means that the coreection area is 3 times what it was with the previous O.I.S.
Intelligent 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. Even when you’re shooting directly towards the light source - a very challenging situation in photography - Intelligent Contrast Control lets you capture clear images with enhanced depth.
The contrast looks natural. The woman shading on the beach has been brightened without making the background appear washed out.
Intelligent Scene Selection
The Scene Selector function analyses the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the Scene mode that will give you optimal results. It detects the situation and switches the scene mode automatically
Use in dim lighting. This mode automatically switches to a slower shutter speed so that images across the entire frame are bright and easy to see.
Use this mode for scenes with particularly strong contrast, such as when you’re shooting a spotlit area on a darkened stage.
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. It automatically detects when there’s a face in the frame and adjusts the exposure to capture it correctly. The focus also emphasises the face.
The new AF Tracking, which keeps the subject in focus even if it moves around to ensure continuously beautiful image quality. The standard auto mode focuses on the subject at the center of the screen, but AF Tracking allows the user to lock the focus on a subject even if it is at an edge of the screen. This is done by simply touching the selected subject on the touch-screen. AF Tracking ensures that the subject stays in focus even if it moves or turns away from the camcorder, thus recording images with the most suitable AF/AE (auto focus/auto exposure) settings.
“Lock-on and Shoot” your desired target via Touch Screen LCD.
Face Detection automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see. The focus also prioritises the faces, and skin tones are smoothed. Faces in the centre of the frame serve as the reference for adjustments, but the function can detect up to 15 faces in all.
An orange frame appears around the face as the basis for adjustment. Faces are captured beautifully - even in dim or backlit scenes.
Top Customer Reviews
Very simple to use - my wife just picked up the camera and started filming my daughters birthday party without any problems...
Pre-record feature is particularly useful for those special moments you normally miss by being too late to record (select the option and it will include the previous 3 seconds prior to you actually pressing the record button)
Also like the option to take a still picture whilst simultaneously recording video - just ensure you have a steady hand.
The camera does not come with an SD card.
You will need at least SDHC Class 4 card, which can be difficult to find in the shops, especially in large sizes (8Gb +).
Best bet is to buy via the web (7day shop offer great prices). BUT dont be like me. Make sure you leave enough time for the SD card to arrive via the post (a week should cover it) otherwise you get the camera really efficiently from Amazon (thankyou) but no card so you cant use it - very frustrating...
Plus if recording in HD, remember that you will need a powerful PC to allow editing / playback - otherwise you will get the message of doom, telling you your pc is not powerful enough for playback but will do so at 2 frames per second...
- not quite the HD experience i was after...
Since ordered new HD spec laptop from Dell Studio XPS 16 (incl. BlueRay writer and 1080p screen) but now waiting a further 2 weeks for that to arrive...
Hoping that will be the end of the purchasing for a while.
I find that the photoshot button for taking stills requires very careful handling if you are not to blur the shot. I also think the camera would be infinately better for the inclusion of an eyepiece. The screen is very good but is very hard to use in bright or sunlit conditions. The supplied battery is the smaller 1250ma type, but to purchase the latger 2640ma model costs nearly £150. This is extortionate in the extreme and only encourages the use of other makes of battery. I am surprised that Panasonic can't see this.
The AVCHD format is natively supported in Windows 7 Media Player which is useful for playback.
But make sure you buy a SDHC card (class 4 minimum) or the camera will just be an ornament. Also, be aware that spare batteries are expensive.
The battery lift isn't amazing but it does the job and you'll have the charger with you most of the time.
It's a shame there is no view finder and there is no shoe for external mic or light. You have to buy the more expensive models for those features. Panasonic should also ship it with a mini-HDMI cable but they're cheap enough on Amazon.
Also, there is no Firewire out port so I don't believe it can be used as a webcam.
All in all a great purchase, especially for the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes it does create fantastic pics and HD movies, but do you want to share your HD movies with the people in the movies, most do - forget it. Read morePublished on 4 July 2010 by Greenstead
The camera is brilliant. It even has a feature that makes people prettier! The seller was very prompt and sent me several emails to let me know when it was being dispatched and... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2009 by P