Like its predecessors, the Panasonic HDC-SD9 doesn’t impress with its still imaging technology. It lacks a dedicated still capture mode, like you would find on most camcorders. This is just as well, we think. A camcorder only needs to shoot good video to prove its worth. Leave the all-in-one miracle devices to the low-end manufacturers like Mintek.
The HDC-SD9 captures 2.1 megapixel (1920 x 1080) stills while you’re recording by hitting the dedicated still capture button. Consider that the HDR-SR12 can capture up to 10 megapixel stills and 7.6 megapixel stills while recording and you can see that Panasonic doesn’t consider this to be an area worth investing into. You have two quality settings for stills captured with the Panasonic HDC-SD9 and you can activate the flash including options like red-eye reduction. That’s about it.