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Panasonic SDR-H101
Panasonic SDR-H100
Panasonic AG-HMC70
Panasonic SDR-H200
Panasonic AG-HSC1U HDD
Panasonic SDR-H101 (80 GB) Flash Media, Hard Drive, AVC Camcorder
Panasonic SDR-H100R Camcorder
Panasonic AG-HMC70 Flash Media Camcorder
Panasonic SDR-H200 Flash Media Camcorder
Panasonic AG-HSC1U HDD Camcorder
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Release Date
Jul 2011
Jan 2011
Apr 2008
May 2007
Mar 2006
Recording Format
Flash Media, HDD, High Definition
MPEG, AVC, H.264, DV, HDD
HDD
Flash Media, HDD
HDD
HDD Size
80.0 GB
80.0 GB
Optical Zoom
70.0 x
70.0 x
12.0 x
10.0 x
12.0 x
Recording System
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
0.3 MegaPixels
0.52 MegaPixels
2.1 MegaPixels
3.1 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
MPEG2, H.264/AVC
H.264, MPEG-2
Use
Video
Video
Video

  • The SDR-H101 is a fair camcorder, but it's not a great one. Our largest gripe with it is really a pricing one. As we tested this concurrently with the SD80, we were able to compare shot quality quite closely. While the SD80 does cost more, the price difference isn't that immense between the two models at RRP, and yet the overall video capture quality is.


  • The Panasonic SDR-H101 has several good features such as a huge 80 GB hard drive to store up to 74 hours or video recording. With good colour and detail level, the image quality is on par with recent SD camcorders. If that is not enough, you can also use the SD HC slot to add storage. Thanks to the really functional image stabilisation, you can actually shoot at the full 70x optical zoom without a tripod, provided that you have a steady hand.


  • The Panasonic SDR-H100 is a mid-cost standard definition camcorder. This camcorder is equipped with an Eco Mode, which automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes.

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    The Panasonic SDR-H100K is an affordable SD hard drive camcorder with quality features.

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    - No matter how large the case, if the camera doesn't provide good images, it won't make the cut.
    - The LCD panel is bright and reasonably sharp.
    - A handle-mounted zoom control and record button is useful for waist-level handheld shots.

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    - The LCD screen solarizes at the slightest angle and does not display the sharpest image.
    - The LCD panel is devoid of any controls--record start/stop, zoom in/out, or playback.
    - The SDR-H200 falls within the plush median of suitable camcorder dimensions, featuring a bulky, fat design that lends itself to optimal grip.
    - This is by far one of the most comfortable camcorders we've ever seen.

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    - One-handed operation is awkward.
    - Changing settings is relatively easy with the model's large-text menus and small but workable joystick.
    - SDR-H200 scores of Very Good for both video quality and still image quality.
    - One appealing novelty is the automatic ground-directional standby function, which instantly stops video recording when you point the camcorder straight down.

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    - Changing settings is relatively easy with the model's large-text menus and small but workable joystick.
    - One appealing novelty is the automatic ground-directional standby function, which instantly stops video recording when you point the camcorder straight down.
    - In tests conducted by the PC World Test Center, our jury awarded the SDR-H200 scores of Very Good for both video quality and still image quality.

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    - The HSC1U's tiny size and shakeproof SD card-based recording system makes it useful for professionals in need of a high-quality 1080i stunt camera, or one that must be hidden away in the odd nook.
    - Auto exposure is right on, and auto white balance accurate.

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    - This should be less problematic for pros with a budget for the required plug-ins or hardware to decode AVCHD and convert it to an editable format like AVI or Quicktime.
    - SD/SDHC cards are also easy to conceal, so it passing through hostile checkpoints is a concern, you can always seal your valuable footage in a rubber sheath and swallow it for recovery when the threat clears.

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    - This really is no more apparent on the AG-HSC1 than on other camcorders in this class, but you need to keep it in mind when assessing any new camcorder.