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. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Samsung SMX-F34 Comparison
  13. JVC GZ-MG670 Comparison
  14. Sony DCR-SX60 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings