Panasonic HDC-SD9 First Impressions Camcorder Review

The HDC-SD9 is Panasonic’s third generation of memory card-based AVCHD camcorders, even though the first generation HDC-SD1 was announced only 13 months ago. In the interim, the form factor has changed little – these things are tiny. In fact, the HDC-SD9 is currently the world’s smallest “full HD” (1920 x 1080) camcorder. Under the hood, Panasonic has made some improvements and some deletions. In addition to “full HD” status, the HDC-SD9 can shoot in 24P mode. It also has a new face detection system and an “Intelligent Shooting Guide” that points out problematic shots. And it’s small. Very, very, small. Unfortunately, it lost the mic and headphone jack that kept the HDC-SD1 and SD5 off of our “naughty” list. Does the HDC-SD9 measure up?

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Still Features

Still Features

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.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Performance
  2. Format
  3. Auto / Manual Controls
  4. Still Features
  5. Handling and Use
  6. Audio / Playback / Connectivity
  7. Other Features/Conclusion

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