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Panasonic HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Recording
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 1.5MP CMOS Sensor
  • 2.7" Touch Screen LCD
  • 34x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
  • 42x Intelligent Zoom
  • HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization
  • Crystal Engine PRO
  • Digital Still Capture
  • Numerous Shooting Functions

The Panasonic HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder not only provides you with HD video, but flash memory convenience and a number of helpful shooting functions. After you pop in an SD/SDHC or SDXC memory card (and charge the battery of course!) you're ready to start recording high-quality 1920 x 1080 video, and even 3MP digital stills. Flash memory recording is not only free from the hazards other recording media like DVD or hard drives possess it's easy to transfer and store. This makes uploading for editing and sharing on the 'net hassle-free and fast!

When it comes to the core features of the SD80, you'll find Panasonic's Crystal Engine Pro and a 1/5.8" CMOS sensor at its heart. The sensor may capture that stunningly detailed footage, but the engine lends speed when processing, along with smooth zooming and noise reduction. The camera also has HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) to ensure blur-free footage. Other features include 42x Intelligent Zoom, a 33.7mm wide-angle lens, and a 2.7" touch panel LCD.

New to the SD80 would be Panasonic's zoom microphone and wind noise canceller. These two features help you to zone in on your subject's audio, while reducing wind noise, all without the need for an external mic or headphones. Panasonic also gave this camera its Intelligent Auto function. iA takes the guesswork out of shooting by giving you a menu of pre-set settings for capturing the best video possible for your particular situation.

Have fun after the shooting's done. The Advanced Highlight Playback function automatically selects dynamic scenes and arranges them, with music! You'll have an instant montage to share right on the camera! And when it's time to edit and share your video or photos, the SD80 comes packaged with Pansonic's HD Writer AE 3.0 software. Upload footage to your PC for editing and sharing on sites like YouTube or Facebook. Panasonic's optional VIERA Link and optional DVD burners can be used to help archive and share your footage shot on the SD80 as well.

Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 42x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects - without the blurry edges. Plus, the HD 80 Series is equipped with HYBRID O.I.S., an image stabilizer system that corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models (SD60, TM60, HS60)
O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Lock
The image-stabilizing effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock indication on the LCD screen, which maximizes the blur detection sensitivity. This is great for when you want to zoom at a fixed angle, like for bird watching
33.7mm Wide Angle
The 33.7mm wide-angle on the HD 80 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room
Crystal Engine PRO
The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images
Intelligent Resolution Technology
The Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the new Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers. Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of Full-HD image
New Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
  • Zoom Mic:

    The Zoom Mic function that links with the camera's zoom action has evolved even further. Compared to previous models, the noise-reducing performance is improved by 1/3 (-10dB). It lets you clearly record the sound of your target subject

  • Wind Noise Canceller:

    The Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise. It lets you capture natural sounds with lifelike ambience even when shooting in windy conditions outdoors or by the sea

Still Picture Recording at 3.0MP with Intelligent Resolution Technology
In Still Picture Recording mode, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you record clear still images with resolution up to 3.0 megapixels. Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 3.0MP still images of any scene you want. The HD 80 Series lets you enjoy high quality in both motion and still images
Scene Mode
Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation: Sports, portrait, Low Light (motion image only), Spot Light, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait (still image only)
Soft Skin Mode
When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable. When turned on, this function makes blemishes and moles look less conspicuous, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside of the skin
Tele-Macro
You can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 70cm from your subject. In addition, using the zoom at full magnification makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus
iA (Intelligent Auto)
This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images
HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
HYBRID O.I.S. corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models

  • Active Mode:

    Active mode comes in handy when shooting while walking or playing with your children. The wide correction area corrects even relatively large hand-shake motion. It's especially good for active video shooting

Face Recognition
The Face Recognition function recognizes the faces of registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and the names of up to three people at a time can be displayed in the shooting frame
AF/AE Tracking
Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal that you want to focus on, and let AF/AE Tracking do the rest. The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. It keeps tracking even if the subject turns to the side. This advanced function makes it easy to get a continually clear, beautiful shot of the subject in the scene you care most about
Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector function analyzes the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the suitable scene mode that will give you optimal results

  • Portrait:

    This mode captures faces beautifully. With Soft Skin mode, complexions are automatically enhanced to make faces attractive

  • Scenery:

    This mode is ideal for shooting wide landscapes and sweeping vistas, such as at the ocean or in the mountains. It balances the exposure over the entire frame to prevent brighter parts of the image, such as the sky, from being washed out or having blown highlights

  • Spotlight:

    The camcorder automatically uses this mode for scenes with particularly strong contrast, such as when you're shooting a spot lit area on a darkened stage. It captures the well-lit subject perfectly and prevents washed-out areas

  • Low Light:

    In dim lighting, the camcorder automatically switches to a slower shutter speed so that images across the entire frame are bright and easy to see

Face Detection
Face Detection automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see. The focus also prioritizes the faces, and skin tones are smoothed. Faces in the center of the frame serve as the reference for adjustments, but the function can detect up to 15 faces at once
Intelligent Contrast Control
Intelligent Contrast Control detects the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure accordingly, helping to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. You can capture natural looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast
Special iA Mode for Still Images
The iA function is active even when the camera is in still-image mode. When the Intelligent Scene Selector detects the shooting situation, it automatically switches to one of the five Scene modes for still-image shooting, and optimizes the settings for the still image

Smile Shot (Still Image)
The Smile Shot function automatically detects subject smiles, and captures the best possible smile while you're shooting movies. It lets you easily catch those fleeting, easy-to-miss stills of a smiling subject. It will also optimize the focus and exposure for your subject's smiling face

  • Capture the smiles of only certain subjects - Face Recognition Linked:

    This function detects subjects who are registered in advance and automatically snaps the shutter to catch the subject's best possible smile. It's great for capturing the smiles of certain people in a group

  • Capture the smiles of an entire group - Face Detection Linked:

    This function automatically snaps the people within the LCD frame smiles. It gives you shots of an entire group of people smiling, making it great for group shots

  • Capture the smiling face of a moving subject - AF/AE Tracking Linked:

    Simply touch a subject within the LCD frame. This function will then lock on and start tracking your subject. When the subject smiles, it'll automatically snap the shutter

2.7" Wide LCD with Intuitive Touch Operation
The easy-to-view 6.7 cm/2.7" wide LCD screen allows intuitive fingertip touch-operation. When shooting, you can use Touch Zoom to instantly zoom in and out by simply touching your fingertips, and Touch Shutter to automatically focus when shooting still images by simply touching the subject on the screen. For playback, you can also change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. You get smooth, intuitive operation and don't have to take your eyes off of the LCD screen

  • Touch Zoom:

    You can easily zoom in and zoom out by simply touching the LCD with your fingertips. Shoot at any angle of view while watching the screen

  • Touch Shutter:

    Even when shooting movies, you can touch the subject on the screen to instantly focus on it, and easily switch to still-image shooting

  • Touch operation for playback:

    You can flip through thumbnail pages, display one of the thumbnail scenes, highlight a scene, and more, with easy, intuitive, fingertip operation

1.0 Sec Quick Power-On
Switch the power on and the HD camcorders are in standby mode in approx. 1.0 seconds, ready to shoot when you are. When the LCD is closed, the power automatically switches off. This fast startup and automatic shutdown also help reduce battery consumption
0.6 Sec Quick Start
Using Quick Start mode, you simply flip open the LCD and you're ready to shoot in just 0.6 seconds. When Eco mode is also used, the power turns off whenever the camcorder has not been operated for 5 minutes. This reduces wasted power consumption, and enables a longer battery life
Pre-Rec Function
This smart function records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. The images are held temporarily in the camcorder's internal memory, before recording begins. This helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record, such as when an event begins all of a sudden. For example, if you're waiting to snap a shot of a jumping dolphin, you can press the REC button after you've made sure that the dolphin has cleared the surface of the water. The camcorder will record the entire scene, from the instant of the dolphin's jump until it disappears again into the sea
Auto Power LCD
The LCD brightness can be adjusted manually to suit the surroundings. In Auto Mode, the LCD brightness is adjusted automatically in 16 smooth steps depending on the surroundings. In darker rooms it adjusts to a lower brightness, making it easier to frame the shot. Outside, it adjusts to almost twice the brightness for easy viewing even on sunny days
Wide Viewing Angle
The LCD has a highly detailed, 230,400 dots display and a viewing angle of 170°, both vertically and horizontally. Images are clear and bright even when viewed from an angle, so everyone can gather around the LCD to enjoy on-the-spot recordings. The wide viewing angle is also great for taking high or low-angle shots
AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
The O.I.S. linear motor system can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and media storage space
60 Frames/Sec High-Speed Burst Shooting
This function lets the camcorder snap up to 60 consecutive 0.9MP still images per second for a total of 180 continuous images in about 3 seconds. The resolution can also be increased and up to 30 consecutive 2.1MP still images per second can be shot for a total of 90 continuous images in about 3 seconds. You can use it to analyze a golf swing, tennis stroke or other motion. You can also use it to get good shots of subjects in fast motion. Just fire off a number of shots without stopping, then keep the best ones and delete the rest.
Focus Assist
This function shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on LCD when manually focusing, to ensure consistently clear, sharp images
Composition Guide Lines
With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The HD 80 Series solve this by displaying horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level
LED Video Light
When the camera determines that the ambient lighting is insufficient, it automatically switches the light on. This illuminates your subject for shooting. The LED (light emitting diode) has low power consumption, a long service life, and the safety of a low operating temperature
Color Night Rec/Color Night View
Leave the light off. Color Night Rec/Color Night View gives you images with color even in dim lighting (1 lux)
World Time
Setting the time is as easy as selecting a city from the displayed map. The World Time function lets you set the time for two cities, home and destination. You don't have to figure out the time difference at your destination, and it's easy when you get home
Advanced Highlight Playback
Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, and plays them, with music. It decides how exciting a scene is, based on zooming, panning, and scene changes, and whether there are faces. The 80 Series have both advanced with the addition of playback effects that include slow motion, still image fading, and flash playback. Four new image effect modes - natural, pop, dynamic and classical - have also been added. Set different effects based on the mood of your images, and enjoy memorable scenes just the way you remember them when shooting. The Face Highlight Playback mode places priority on selecting the faces of subjects who are registered in the Face Recognition function, for quick playback of the scenes where they are clearly recorded, together with music

Playback image effect mode

  • Natural:

    Enjoy more impressive highlight playback with natural switching effects

  • Pop:

    View highlight playback of the images you've taken, together with a variety of fun effects

  • Dynamic:

    Enjoy highlight playback with speedy, dynamic effects

  • Classical:

    Enjoy highlight playback with dramatic effects applied mainly to your subject's faces

Face Highlight, Highlight, and Time Frame Index
The index function has been enhanced with the addition of a feature that divides each recorded scene into a number of smaller scenes, and displays thumbnails for each. This makes it much easier to find a particular part of a scene without having to fast-forward

  • Face Highlight Index:

    The Face Highlight Index selects scenes that have faces in them and displays them in an index format. This handy function lets you quickly find and view scenes that have people in them

  • Highlight Index:

    The camera automatically selects and displays the most exciting scenes. It determines the level of importance of each scene based on zooming and panning, and whether there are faces. This gives you an easy, convenient way to view all the highlights together

  • Time Frame Index:

    This mode divides each recorded clip into 3-second, 6-second, 12-second, 1-minute and 5-minute intervals, and displays them. This is convenient when you want to find a specific scene within a long clip

Easy Connecting, Easy Viewing
Just connect your HD camcorder to an HDTV and get ready for an incredible high-definition video show. If your TV is HDMI compatible, a single HDMI mini cable is all you need. When using a video component cable, you need a separate audio cable

  • VIERA Link:

    Connect your HD camcorder to a VIERA or compatible Blu-ray Disc Player via an HDMI mini cable, and you can control both units in synchronized operation with a single remote control. This kind of simple, easy operation makes it enjoyable to view your recordings

  • VIERA Image Viewer:

    Just slip the SD card from your camcorder into the VIERA Image Viewer card slot on your VIERA TV, and you're ready to view full-HD moving images recorded

Archiving and Playback
The HD camcorders have a USB Host function that lets you connect directly to a DVD burner via a USB cable. Then just press a button and you can copy the moving images you recorded from the SD card, Built-in Memory, or HDD to a DVD disc

  • Easy AVCHD to MPEG-2 Conversion:

    You can make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format, or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format. Choose the one that matches your playback equipment

  • Playback with a DVD burner:

    To view the disc you just burned, simply connect the HD camcorder to an HDTV via an HDMI mini cable

Editing, Archiving, and YouTube Upload
HD Writer AE 3.0 software, included with the camcorder, makes it easy to play or edit videos on your PC and have more fun when the shooting's done

Also Enjoyable When the Shooting's Done

  • Importing Data:

    When the camcorder is connected to a PC, the software automatically starts up. Importing data takes only a few clicks of the mouse

  • Easy YouTube and Facebook Uploading:

    The videos you've recorded are easily uploaded to YouTube or Facebook in their original high quality. HD Writer AE 3.0 lets you share your videos worldwide

  • Highlight Playback:

    Chooses the most exciting scenes and plays them all together, back by music

  • Editing:

    It's easy to add titles, rearrange scenes, provide transition effects, and edit images in single frame units

  • Archiving:

    Make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format, or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format

Camera
Sensor 1.5 Megapixel 1/5.8"  CMOS
Optics
Lens 2.38 - 81 mm
f/1.8 - 4.0
Zoom Optical: 34x
Intelligent (Optical): 42x
Digital: 2000x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC, SDXC  
Recording Time SD GB
4GB: HA: 30 minutes; HG: 40 minutes; HX: 1 hour; HE: 1 hour, 30 minutes
16GB: HA: 2 hours; HG: 2 hours, 40 minutes; HX: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HE: 6 hours, 40 minutes
32G: HA: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HG: 5 hours, 30 minutes; HX: 8 hours, 20 minutes; HE: 13 hours, 40 minutes
64GB: HA: 8 hours, 30 minutes; HG: 11 hours; HX: 16 hours, 50 minutes; HE: 27 hours, 30 minutes
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.6 Megapixel, 1856 x 1392
JPEG: 2.8 Megapixel, 2064 x 1376
JPEG: 3.0 Megapixel, 2304 x 1296
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 2.7"
2nd Display
Projector
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 1400
7.0 (1/30 Low Light scene mode)
1 (Color Night Rec)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs None
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB 2.0
1x A/V
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista
    7
  • Pentium 4 2.8GHz Processor or greater

Mac
  • OS X 10.6.3
  • Core 2 Duo Processor or greater
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.0 x 2.3 x 4.3" / 5.1 x 5.9 x 10.9 cm
Weight .42 lb / 192 g
Panasonic HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • A/V Multi Cable
  • USB Cable
  • HD Writer AE 3.0 CD-ROM
  • Stylus Pen
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicHDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Silver)
     
    4.5

    (based on 61 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (63)
    • Easy to use (51)
    • Great picture quality (41)
    • Image stabilization (37)
    • Good in low light (22)

    Cons

    • No external mic input (11)
    • Poor in low light (7)
    • Poor still image (6)
    • Poor sound (4)
    • Complicated to operate (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (43)
    • Travel (39)
    • HD shooting (21)
    • Weddings (19)
    • Low light (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (47), Enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (53), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC CAMERA!!!! NO CONS!

    I wanted to get a High Definition camera with all the bells & whistles, but I also wanted it to be cheap and small. Let me tell you: Yes, you can have...Read complete review

    I wanted to get a High Definition camera with all the bells & whistles, but I also wanted it to be cheap and small. Let me tell you: Yes, you can have the Best of Both Worlds if you look hard enough! Panasonic HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder is TINY; it literally fits in the palm of my hand but yet, it has plenty of features that you would normally find in much bigger and more expansive cameras. It is extremely fast, as well. As soon as you open the side panel I mean the screen, the camera is already ready for action. When you close the screen back, it turns itself of, automatically. How cool is that? You don't have to worry about draining your camera because you forgot to turn it off. I also like the fact that it has a touch screen, which makes it easy to navigate. The menu is VERY intuitive and there is also"info" option for every function. That way, if you are not sure what a specific feature does, you simply touch the info button then the function that you want to learn about, and voila! The camera gives you the full description of that function in complete sentences. By doing so, you don't have to refer back to the manual. What a convenience! The camera has also a built in flash that comes on automatically when it's too dark, and even a "movie" mode that you would find in much more expansive cameras. The optical zoom is x38 and it can go up to x 42 WITHOUT deteriorating the image quality. I am also very pleased with the battery life. You really do not need to carry a spare battery unless you are going to film for more than 4 hours non-stop.Last but not least, the camera has this really cool feature that adds background music (you can change the type of music by the way) and very cool transitions to your filmed pieces on a specific playback mode. I have never seen such a feature in any other camcorder!Oh yes! One more thing which is the best part and that's the price of the camera: I ONLY PAID [$] FOR IT at B&H Photo and Video! B&H shipped the camera to me at no charge. I did not pay any tax for it either since I live in Florida. Can it really get any better than that? I've told you, you can get THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS IF you do your research! By the way, don't look anywhere else because I've already research this camera online. B&H has THE BEST PRICE and THE BEST SERVICE!Enjoy! Happy Shopping!Reha Erman

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent camera at a decent price

    I use the camera to document vacations, parties, important event or functions. This is a good camera at a decent price. I read alot of reviews on alot of cameras. There are...Read complete review

    I use the camera to document vacations, parties, important event or functions. This is a good camera at a decent price. I read alot of reviews on alot of cameras. There are definitely way better cameras out there.......but they're very pricey. This is a great camera if you're on a budget. HD quality, good amount of zoom, can take alot of storage (on a memory card), light weight and very compact. On the other hand, a bit cheaply made, the battery runs out a little bit too quick (that is just my opinion). Other than that, this is a decent camera.

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    5.0

    Very good results - amazingly small size

    By Van the Success & Profits Advisor

    from Cape Cod MA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

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          Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

          I ordered this without realizing how tiny it was. It is 4.5" x 2" by 1.75" and yet the quality is excellent. I used it to film a video for my business and the team which produces the videos for me said the quality (video & sound) was excellent. I was worried about the sound quality because I could not find a way of connecting my external hi-quality mic to the camer. But the resulting sound quality was fine. And that is the only shortcoming I have found so far!

          Excellent product, at least for my use.
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          5.0

          I Love this camera

          By Andrew

          from Mansfield, OH

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

            So far, we have only used this camera to video tape our little baby boy. The camera is so small and fits so well in the palm of your hand. I have really big hands and was worried it would be too small to operate, but I have had no problems with it. I love it!

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            3.0

            Decent camera at a decent price

            By Marley

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

            I use the camera to document vacations, parties, important event or functions. This is a good camera at a decent price. I read alot of reviews on alot of cameras. There are definitely way better cameras out there.......but they're very pricey. This is a great camera if you're on a budget. HD quality, good amount of zoom, can take alot of storage (on a memory card), light weight and very compact. On the other hand, a bit cheaply made, the battery runs out a little bit too quick (that is just my opinion). Other than that, this is a decent camera.

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            4.0

            It's a very good product in this price

            By Jayant Bhoge

            from Jersey City

            About Me Casual User

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting

              Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

              This camcoder is very light weight & easy to handle in Outdoor & Indoor usage. It's features are good than the competative models

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              5.0

              Awesome Camcorder!

              By OrangeHatVlogger

              from Vancouver, WA

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Silver):

                I have been very impressed with it's performance. The O.I.S. is superb, keeping the camcorder pretty steady even at maximum zoom. Doesn't weigh much and the manual controls make me very happy!

                One issue I have had with it is that it doesn't adjust the white balance very quickly at times. However the manual controls do allow you to adjust this yourself so not a big deal.

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                5.0

                0I would buy this product again

                By Danny

                from Pretoria South Africa

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                  Only for taking pictures and videos while travelling of family and friends

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                  4.0

                  Great Low Cost Camcorder

                  By The Dingo

                  from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                  About Me Pro Videographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • No External Mic Input
                  • Poor In Low Light
                  • Poor Still Image

                  Best Uses

                  • First camcorder for kids
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                  The SD80 is a very handy little HD camcorder for the price you pay. Sure it's not in the same class as the TM900, but you are paying a tiny fraction of what a TM900 costs.

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                  4.0

                  Value of money choice

                  By Alex

                  from Sydney, Australia

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Poor In Low Light
                  • Poor Still Image

                  Best Uses

                  • Activities in sunlight
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                  easy and quick operating;
                  fantastic O.I.S system;
                  great quality daytime;
                  smooth zoom;
                  poor video quality in low light;
                  poor still image quality
                  no UV filter option

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By YoungMother

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                    My husband and I recently bought this camera primarily for home videos of our son. It works great! It has great image stabilization and picture quality. The audio and zoom are good and it works very well in low-light settings. It is light-weight and compact so it is easy to bring along on trips. I would buy it again without hesitation.

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                    4.0

                    Good camera

                    By AMC

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                      Love the automatic light for those evenings I'm recording and the suns going down. Really easy to use. Also love the touch screen feature.

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                      5.0

                      Very compact, good quality!

                      By Sam with no nickname

                      from Provo, UT

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                      • No External Mic Input

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                      Really like how small it is, could fit in a purse without being bulky. Seems to have great quality and nice features like "shake-reduction" and still picture ability. The touch screen is also nice. Haven't used it a lot yet, but so far it seems great!

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                      5.0

                      A very good bargain

                      By jim_tyler

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                        As a casual videographer (only on vacations, family gatherings and when we have wildlife in the back yard), I was looking for high value/low price and this camera really fits the bill. The only real negative comment I've seen in reviews is that it will not shoot 1080p, "only" 1080i. Well, our televisions are 720, so I'm not likely to see the difference :) Ease of use, simple to understand, does everything I need. The only drawback is that it did not come with a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

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                        5.0

                        Great price and amazing quality

                        By Mei

                        from Savage, MN

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Sound
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                          I bought this camera for my small business. I'm going for a more aggressive video marketing campaign, but am not a film professional nor do I have the funds to hire pros.

                          This camera is easy enough for me to use, and has manual settings which is nice for more control. It doesn't compromise on the quality of the videos. They're crystal clear and would say it's up to par with a lot of what we watch online these days.

                          It's very small and I was surprised it was so light.

                          At first I attempted to use the camera in a low-lit room at night, and the result was a very grainy, low quality video. Found out eventually that I needed more light. It works amazingly in the day with natural sunlight. If you have studio lighting equipment that might help in the night time.

                          The sound is awesome. Crystal clear, and as if I was speaking right into a mic.

                          The zoom is crazy. It zooms so far in to places and things my eyes can't even see.

                          It connects really easily to my PC too.

                          Great investment!

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                          5.0

                          A very good camcorder, the best movies!

                          By lully

                          from Maceio, Brazil

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                          Makes movies qith quality and an important thing: when you focus the zoom it doesn´t loose the focus! Loved it!

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                          5.0

                          Great camcorder

                          By CassieT

                          from Wausau, WI

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                            I am using this camcorder for a school project. It is very easy to use and I especially like the touchscreen. Overall it is a very high quality product and I would recommend it to anyone.

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                            5.0

                            great camcorder, very small, do the job!

                            By joce

                            from quebec city canada

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound

                            Cons

                            • Complicated To Operate

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                            He is so tiny he look like a toy but he is very full of options like the manual focus and the image stabilisator. Very pleasent to use. At this price ([$]), nothing to loose, Hey, it's a Panasonic !

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                            5.0

                            so far, fabulous

                            By Mom who loves to video her kids

                            from Maplewood, NJ

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies

                              Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                              For the price, this camcorder is awesome. We had a Flip video camera for years and this is WORLDS better, not much bigger, not heavier. Why didn't I do it sooner! Haven't transferred it onto a dvd yet but so far, so happy with it. Don't forget to order a memory card but otherwise I didn't buy anything else for it yet.

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                              5.0

                              Good value and Good service for B&H

                              By Yueyang

                              from Lancaster PA

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization

                              Cons

                              • Poor Sound

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                                I went to Guatemala for spring break and I used this to take some short videos. I played them on my computer and they look brilliant: crystal clear and the color is pretty balanced and vivid. The battery life is much better than its predecessor SD-60. It's even lighter so that I could put it in my pocket. At this price range, I cant ask for more and I don't know if other companies can have such products with such a nice price.

                                The camcorder was down though...but B&H agreed for an exchange and I am happy to ship it back.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing, full-featured camcorder

                                By GrandpaHardigan

                                from Florida

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Sound
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Zoom range/performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                                  This is really a great buy for the money. Now that companies are trying to push 3D cameras and the like, you can find really reasonably priced ones.

                                  Really well designed and engineered.

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                                  5.0

                                  The best Value and Quality

                                  By Robertscifi

                                  from Brooklyn New York

                                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Zoom range/performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentaries
                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about HDC-SD80 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                                    Lightweight , ease of use is all there . The lens Panasonic gives you is really great . Touch screen works seemlessly. This is a win , win product for value and Quality . Panasonic does it again , this camera is worth twice the price !!!!!

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