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Panasonic HDC-SD60K SD Based Hi-Def Camcorder with 35X Intelligent Zoom (Black)

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  • 2-11/16" widescreen LCD
  • 25X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 1500X)
  • High-definition video resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Face recognition tracks your subject within the frame (up to 6 registered subjects)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • 2.7" LCD Screen
  • 35.7mm Wide Angle Lens!
  • Rated from 8-10/10 stars by most reviews!
  • 51.5 x 65.5 x 112.0 [mm]

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2 x 2.6 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0035LCZSG
  • Item model number: HDC-SD60K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,341 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2010

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

The SD60 Series features a 25x optical zoom and an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 35x. 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, POWER O.I.S. suppresses even slight hand-shake, which is a must for extreme zooming, because of its high susceptibility to hand-shake.

From the Manufacturer

Compact Camcorder with a 33mm Wide-Angle, 78x Ultra Zoom and More!

Featuring the Intelligent 35x Zoom and Power O.I.S Compact Full-HD Shooting Fun for Everyone

The SD60 Series features a 25x optical zoom and an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 35x. 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, POWER O.I.S. suppresses even slight hand-shake, which is a must for extreme zooming, because of its high susceptibility to hand-shake.



Captures large groups, even when shooting from up close.
35.7mm Wide Angle Lens*


The 35.7mm wide-angle lens* on the SD 60 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional 44.1mm lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close, and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the mic. It also gives you entirely new ways to enjoy your camcorder, like taking self portraits or capturing sweeping landscapes without losing the sense of scale.

* 35mm camera equivalent

Everthing fits in the frame even when
shooting in narrow spaces.
Even if the subject comes up close to the camera, everything fits in the frame.


Recognizes important people's faces and captures them beautifully.
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.frame.



Customer Reviews

Low light performance is great.
SD
I got this product for my wife for Christmas and I must say...what a great buy!
S.Harris
The quality is amazing and its very easy to use.
A. Brolly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,011 of 1,018 people found the following review helpful By Ray on July 1, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This is a replacement for my 10 year old Panasonic camcorder so the first thing I noticed is this thing is SMALL, but they are all pretty small compared to my old camcorder. Without going into too much detail I'll just note the things I found much better than I expected and the couple things I am a little disappointed in. I don't have experience with any other new camcorders so I can't say this one is better or worse than any of the other new models.

Pleasantly surprised:
- The image stabilization feature is very very good.
- The video picture quality is impressive.
- The battery lasts longer than it is suppose to (manual says 50 minutes but I get double that).
- The software that comes with it is certainly good enough for me and is easy to use. It allows you to arrange your clips into a video and write it to a standard DVD in standard definition, to a standard DVD in high definition or to a blu-ray disc. You can delete portions of clips, add transitions between clips, add text to a clip (first clip only) and build a menu screen.

Things that are a bit of a disappointment:
- The automatic white balance isn't the greatest. Within a single lighting environment and a single shot the auto white balance will vary from a little too yellow, to a little too blue to just right. I've given up on auto white balance and now use manual white balance. Manual mode is a bit of a hassle but worth it to avoid the white balance swings the automatic setting produces.
- The wind cut filter can't be turned off in auto mode.
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140 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Greg on June 25, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I've done a pretty good amount of research on budget hi-def camcorders between $400 and $500 dollars. In my opinion, this is the best camcorder in this price range. I would highly recommend this camcorder to anyone looking to just film family gatherings, vacations, or for filming budget movies. The camcorder has an attractive design, fits in your palm, and is the perfect weight. It takes fantasic video, has a 3 second pre-record function, face tracking, good battery life, a flash & video light, average photos, and dolby digital audio recording. My only complaint is the location of the record button, it is a bit awkward. I was going to go with the Sony cx110 which has mostly the same specs, but decided on this camcorder since it has optical image stabilization (which works flawlessly) instead of an electronic stabilizer. It also has an LED video light and a flash, for photos. It supports SDXC memory cards, which can hold 64GB or more. If you prefer flash memory over using a hard drive, like me, you are better off with this base model and getting a 16/32GB SD card. I bought the 32GB Transcend SDHC card from Amazon and it works perfectly with this product.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Craig Detter on August 8, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I've had this camera for a couple of months now, and I am pleasantly surprised by it. I've never owned an HD camera, and this is my first new camera purchase in about 15 years or so. I've been using my phone camera for most pictures or borrowing my wife or daughter's digital still camera for the occasional need. This camera is many times better than my Droid phone camera mainly because of the versatility. That is, the phone camera isn't great for video, or zoom and slow motion playback or low light situations. I scrubbed Amazon for quite a while before purchasing, reading all the reviews I could find on other cameras looking in this price range down to about 1/2 the price of this camera. Although this one didn't have many reviews, and wasn't cheap, it was well-liked by those who purchased it, and now I know why. It has a bunch of advanced features which I haven't used but I will detail the ones I have used.

The camera fits in my pocket reasonably comfortably, it's slightly larger than my wallet. It's a touch wider than my hand when I hold it but comfortably fits in the palm of my hand. The controls are easy to use once you get used to them. There are 3 modes, playback, video and still. The still pictures are quite impressive. I sold a car on eBay and the pictures were huge and very crisp on my computer. They were amongst the largest pictures on eBay after I posted them, larger than most of the car dealers selling anyway. I believe it's 4.3 megapixel, but not all megapixels are created the same. I think this 4.3 quality is better than a 4 megapixel camera phone.

The video quality is exceptional. Oddly, on playback using my TV this camera seems to have better video quality than most of the HD programming I watch on Dish Network.
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155 of 173 people found the following review helpful By S. Epstein on October 9, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I first purchased the Sony HDR-CX110, in the same price/feature class as this Panasonic. If you are considering each camera, here's what I can tell you. Be forewarned that I have only had today to play with the Panasonic, and I have only used each model in Automatic mode. I will post updates if I discover anything significant:

SONY HDR-CX110:

Wins:
+Size - the Sony is much smaller, easily fitting into my cargo/tactical pants pockets;
+Image quality - the Sony has much better [on fully auto mode] color and contrast;
+Both an HD and an SD camcorder - Can make AVCHD or MPG, in-camera!;
+10mm Threaded Filter compatible - The Sony has a manual lens cap, and a filter thread on the outside of this. While you won't be able to protect your filter with the cap, you can at least keep your lens protected;
+Manual Lens Cap - User preference, but I like having fewer "automatic" moving parts to break-down.

Looses:
-Image Stabilization - not strong enough for my hand held video needs - I believe the IS on this model is digital only - you can spend a couple hundred $ more for the CX300, which has Optical IS, you might find better IS [out of my price range];
-Artifacts - I noticed several blocks in my video test. I don't know if this was from the digital image stabilization trying to figure out how to handle lake water on a windy day, or something else. I did not notice this in the Panasonic, but have only done limited testing.

Panasonic HDC-SD60:

Wins:
+Lighting - Panasonic SD60 has built-in video light and still flash - these will probably be of limited use, in only close quarters, but there if you need it.
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