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Panasonic HDC-SD800K 3 MOS Twin Memory 3D Compatible Camcorder (Black)

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  • Advanced 3MOS sensor system
  • HYBRID O.I.S image stabilization
  • 2D & 3D video capture capability
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: HDC-SD800K
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004I43MJK
  • Item model number: HDC-SD800K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,789 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 4, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Advanced 3MOS System

Advanced 3MOS System The Advanced 3MOS System records beautifully natural images with powerful colors and detailed rendering in both bright and dark scenes. The Noise Reduction technology that goes to work when shooting in dim lighting has evolved even further in 2011 models, allowing them to reduce noise by approximately 45% compared to previous Panasonic models.* The Advanced 3MOS System, which is comprised of the 3MOS Sensor that captures images without color loss, the Leica Dicomar Lens that excels with its large, bright aperture, and the Crystal Engine PRO that increases image resolution, produces colorful, bright, beautiful images in Full-HD quality.

* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700.
3MOS Sensor

Advanced 3MOS SystemThe 900 Series and SD800 employ the 3MOS Sensor, with its three-sensor configuration. This provides a resolution of 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 million x 3). The 3MOS Sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors - red, green and blue - and processes each color with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor, and renders colors, details and gradation all with intricate detail and natural beauty. This superb color reproduction maximizes the inherent quality of Full-HD progressive images.
The three primary colors of red, green and blue are each processed by a separate sensor to achieve truly rich color reproduction.
Leica Dicomar Lens

LEICA DicomarThe 900 Series and SD800 use Leica Dicomar lenses, which are renowned for their ability to render sharp images and excellent shading. They also suppress ghosting, flare, and distortion at the image edges. Even in strong sunlight, these superb lenses maintain high contrast and resolution. A bright new F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 46mm filter diameter has been created for the 900 Series and SD800. Efficient light collection allows the new lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of Full-HD images.
Crystal Engine PRO

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. Compared to previous Panasonic models, noise has been reduced by approximately 45%.* And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images.

* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700
Intelligent Resolution Technology

Intelligent Resolution TechnologyThe Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the 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 images.
1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording)*

Full HD With its transfer rate of 28 Mbps, 1080/60p recording (Full-HD, 1,920 x 1,080, 60 progressive recording)* conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Plus, the 60 Progressive Recording of the 900 Series and SD800 produce 60 images per second.** This extremely dense image information creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images. The progressive method is most effective when shooting designs where more patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos.
Interlaced Scanning (1080/60i)***

Only half of the image data is reproduced in each picture. Fabric patterns run together, and moiré patterns appears.
Interlaced Scanning - Only half of the image data is reproduced in each picture.

Interlaced Scanning (1080/60i)***

Only half of the image data is reproduced in each picture. Fabric patterns run together, and moiré patterns appears.
Progressive Scanning (1080/60p)*

Reproduces all of image data in a single picture. Patterns in fabric are crisp and clear with no color bleeding.

* 1080/50p (full-HD, 50 Progressive Recording) in PAL areas.
**In NTSC areas. 50 images per second in PAL areas.
*** 1080/50i for PAL area.

Intelligent 20x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

20x Intelligent Zoom
HYBRID O.I.S.The 900 Series and SD800 feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 20x. 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 900 Series and SD800 are equipped with HYBRID O.I.S, an image stabilization 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.

* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700.
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.

* Considerable blurring is generated by the shifting of the corrective lens when the camera is panned or tilted.

35mm Wide Angle Lens*

35mm WideThe 35mm wide-angle lens on the 900 Series and SD800 fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room.

* 35mm camera equivalent
5.1-Ch Surround Sound System (HS900/TM900/SD900) & Zoom Mic

Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator The 900 Series is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more 3-dimensional effect. The Zoom Mic function improves noise-reducing performance and handles higher zooming power, allowing you to clearly capture target sounds. You get a realistic sound space that's a perfect match with the true-to-life HD images.

* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby" and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Wind Noise Canceller

The technology of the previous Wind Cut function has evolved to form the Wind Noise Canceller. The new function automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, to give you natural sounds with lifelike ambience. Also, unlike the previous Wind Cut function, which switched to monaural recording, the Wind Noise Canceller enables stereo recording. This maintains natural sounds when shooting outdoors.
Bass Setting (HS900/TM900/SD900)

You can adjust the level of low-frequency sound that is included in the audio track while shooting.

Digital Cinema Mode
Progressive 1080/24p (NTSC)*/ 1080/25p (PAL)**

Set the HD camcorder to Digital Cinema mode to shoot in the progressive 1080/24p (24 pictures per second) format for NTSC area, and in the progressive 1080/25p format for PAL area. Progressive scanning captures clear, vibrant images with intricate detail. You also get faithful images with an appealing film-like quality.

Digital Cinema Color*** with VIERA

Selecting the Digital Cinema Color mode makes it possible to shoot film-like images that are ideally suited to the Digital Cinema Color of VIERA plasma TVs. Colors recorded in this mode look richer than those recorded using the conventional Panasonic standard. For example, the subtle shades of red and gold in flowers, and the greens of leafy trees are remarkably true to life.

* The video captured as 24p using Digital Cinema Mode is converted and recorded as 60i.
** The video captured as 25p using Digital Cinema Mode is converted and recorded as 50i.
*** When using a TV that is compatible with "x.v.Color", images that are recorded in Digital Cinema Color mode will have a wider color range than conventional images. The color range varies depending on the TV. x.v.Color is a registered trademark.

Still Picture Recording at 14.2 Megapixels

Still Picture Recording mode lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 14.2 megapixels*. You can also simultaneously record still images and video at 13.3 megapixels**.

* For images recorded with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
** For images recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Scene Mode

Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation.
Scene modes:
  • 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.

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.

Product Description

The Panasonic HDC-SD800 High Definition Camcorder is a high-end HD offering from Panasonic. Right off the bat a few of the camera's most desirable features include: 1920 x 1080/60p recording, an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, the option to record in 3D and a quality image sensor system. These features alone give you detailed, beautiful images, a plethora of recording space and the ability to shoot fun and unique movies in 3D with an optional lens. Panasonic's proprietary '3MOS' is a 3 sensor CMOS that adds up to 9.15MP (3 x 3.05MP). These sensors work together with another Panasonic technology, Crystal Engine PRO. This engine is a fast processor which writes those gigantic HD files to the HDD or SD card quickly and efficiently. It also allows for high-res zooming when exceeding the optical range. In addition, the engine works to reduce image noise, rendering beautiful, like-like images. These two work together to produce 1080/60p footage. The "p" means progressive; when recording in a progressive frame rate the footage captures is more vibrant and detailed than even "i", or interlaced, HD recording. Of course the sensor and engine wouldn't be able to do their job without a high-quality lens. The SD800 comes with a 35mm Leica Dicomar lens that sports a 3.45-41.4mm focal length, 12x optical zoom range, 46mm filter diameter and a 1.5-2.8 f/stop. Lens can zoom up to 20x using the Intelligent Zoom; and it features a manual ring for more control and creativity with your shooting. Another way in which the camera works to create clean video is with HYBRID O.I.S. (optical image stabilization). This O.I.S. keeps your shots steady when hand-holding the camera. It reduces the effects of hand-shake for an easy-to-view, clean shot. Other useful tools of the camera include a 3.0" touch screen LCD. This screen provides you with options like, "Touch Zoom" and "Touch Shutter". The zoom function allows you to zoom in by dragging your finger across

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The Quality of the picture is excellent.
T. Burkett
I also still have a standard TV and can watch these files without having to have an HDTV.
I could just barely hear the sound volume from the camera.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By DAVID W SHENK on June 28, 2011
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I had no intention of buying a camcorder over $450, however, after viewing test videos on youtube, I was sold on this one. Video from this camera is STUNNING. Some lower priced camcorders have very decent video as well, but lack something that this one has. I previously had a Canon Elura 90 DV tape standard definition camcorder. I had had it with the tapes and wanted to record family videos in HD, even though we don't yet have an HDTV. We will upgrade at some point, and I want as many videos as possible to look nice.

Some of it's best features include:

* Low light sensitivity - the nemesis of virtually all lower-priced camcorders and many camcorders in general. This one seems to do excellent in low light.
* Image stabilization - WOW! it really works on this camcorder. It uses a hybrid between optical and electronic stabilization and, as some of the test youtube videos show, it really works well. So well that I would consider not using a tripod or monopod much of the time.
* Video quality - it does 1080/60p, but I don't think I'll be using that setting at this point. In it's normal 1080/60i mode, the 'HA' quality setting is 17mbps and looks great. Note: I did test videos at all of the quality settings and had the software dump them to a DVD for viewing on our standard def TV. Couldn't really see a difference, but watching them on the computer monitor, yes there is a difference.
* Included software - I have to say I am pleasantly surprised that the included software is very easy to use, seems to do the basic editing and conversion, and doesn't crash. It will burn to Blueray (don't have one) or downconvert the video and put it on DVD. It will also allow you to edit video and just save it back as .mt2s files.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Meek on July 24, 2011
I had been waiting a long time to find a camera with high visual fidelity without all of the consumer oriented junk that comes with most home cameras, and this is it. I will go from the most annoying problems/features, and move up from there.

Color Quality:
The 3 CMOS sensors (3MOS they call it) does an excellent job at color accuracy. However, the auto white balance will occasionally decide that it is time to shake things up and pick some random and incorrect white balance, but this is easily avoided by using one of the presets, or by taping the auto white balance button which will check the white balance, and then lock it at that setting. You may still want to use the auto white balance if you are moving from room to room, or from inside to outside, but in general I would avoid it. I have never seen a 'consumer' grade camera have color accuracy that looks so true to life! Just look up youtube videos of what this camera can do! Same recording setup, so this will do the same quality as the 900 series versions.

The automatic settings for the exposure are a bit slow, and not drastic enough when moving between light and dark areas. In some cases this is a good thing, as when you are in a relatively controlled environment and you don't want it messing with you (which I like), but many home users will be annoyed by this. The camera does support Zebra Striping, but only at 99%+, when you really want it at about 80%. Somewhere between 85-90% the scene is over exposed, and color begins to wash out, or sometimes bleed together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By all_about_soil on July 20, 2011
This camcorder has too many pros. It is very easy to use first of all. It also has very good image stabilization and picture quality. It works very well in low light which I find as the biggest pitfall for many of the camcorders I have used so far.

The zoom range is very attractive and the image quality still holds even at those "higher" zoom levels. I am making videos of my 2-year-old daughter and we love the performance of this camcorder. Its relatively light-weight makes it easier to use during events (such as graduations, weddings, etc) and/or outdoors.

The battery is the biggest problem with this unit, but if you buy a spare one as I did, you will be good to go. Overall, we love this camera and highly recommend to anybody who is interested in a decent mid-level camcorder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda R on August 4, 2011
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I have worked in television for 21 years and now produce video for a public agency. I purchased the HDC-SD800 because Panasonic eliminated all the useless frills on the higher-priced models. This camera has the same lens, MOS chip, and useful features needed, but at a much lower price.

BUT OOPS.....!

Even at this writing Amazon advertises this camera as a "Twin Chip" camera. Sorry, not so! There is only one chip slot on the camera. I was disappointed because that limits my ability to shoot longer performances, etc. I am keeping the camera, but I wish Amazon would remunerate customers who bought this camera because of the "Twin Chip" advertisement.

(BTW, I belatedly learned that the Panasonic website makes no allusions to "twin chips.")
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