Panasonic SDR-S26 Camcorder Review



The Panasonic SDR-S26 ($269 MSRP) is a standard definition camcorder with a killer 70x optical zoom lens—the longest optical zoom in the consumer marketplace. Unfortunately, the camcorder's video performance and handling leaves a lot to be desired, although it does offer an impressive amount of manual controls.

We know you may be wondering why we're reviewing a 2009 camcorder when we're already a couple of weeks into 2010. Since most of the new 2010 models are still a few months from hitting the shelves, we felt there was still a considerable market for the Panasonic SDR-S26. This review is for anyone that might be shopping around in '09 models to save themselves a little cash.

Update: The JVC Everio GZ-MG670 was selected as our 2009 Standard Definition Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Sony DCR-SX60 Comparison
  19. JVC Everio GZ-MG670 Comparison
  20. Samsung SMX-F34 Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery