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Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included)


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  • 3CCD camera system for clear, accurate images
  • Leica Dicomar lens
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) for video and still images
  • 2.8-inch LCD monitor
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards; 2GB card included
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: SDR-S150
  • Media Type: Flash card
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GKO7RQ
  • Item model number: SDR-S150
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,151 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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As the follow-up to the SDR-S100, the Panasonic SDR-S150 builds on the success of its predecessor. Not only can you record MPEG2 video straight to an SD card (2GB card included), but the 3CCD image sensor and optical image stabilization work to ensure that your images look their best. The S150 also uses Panasonic's proprietary Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology to convert the image signal. Providing four times the pixel density when recording still pictures, this lets the S150 capture 3.1-megapixel (2048 x 1512) still pictures. Plus, 1.5-second quick start and a wide, 2.8-inch LCD monitor make it easy to operate.

SDR-S150 Highlights

Leica Dicomar lens
The Leica Dicomar lens was developed jointly by world renowned Leica Camera AG and Panasonic to clear stringent quality standards as an ideal lens system for digital video cameras.

Multi-coated lenses
The multicoated lens is able to suppress diffused reflection. The S150's lens system has 12 elements in 8 groups, with 14 multicoated surfaces.

Low-dispersion glasses
It minimizes chromatic aberration caused by focal deviations in the light after it enters the lens. This suppresses both colour bleeding and false colour.

O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer)

The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) cancels the hand-shake effect by stabilizing the image that reaches the CCD. Unlike the electrical stabilization system, the optical stabilization system accompanies almost no deterioration and unnatural touchup, This also works for the still picture as MEGA O.I.S. and assure sharp, clear motion pictures and still pictures.

3CCD camera system

The 3CCD camera system is used in most professional broadcast equipment. Each of the three primary colours is processed just the way it is. That means there is almost no light loss and the colour information is accurate.

Panasonic Original Engine (Crystal Engine plus MPEG2 Engine)

The Crystal Engine renders highly precise, life-like colours by processing each of the R, G and B signals from the three CCDS, while new noise shaping filters further improve processing precision. And the new Panasonic MPEG2 Engine achieves a level of recording quality in LP mode that approaches SP mode.

Crystal Engine
The three primary colours that are separated by the 3CCD system are processed individually. Noise is then optimally removed to produce images as beautiful as they appear in nature.

MPEG2 Engine
Panasonic has developed its own new MPEG2 Engine with Wide-Range Motion Search Tecnology and Variable Bit Rate System. It renders fast-moving subjects with outstanding precision. It also reproduces MPEG2 images in LP mode with the same level of resolution as images in SP mode.

With the SD/SDHC memory card, shooting video is easier and more convenient

Compact size, super-fast startup
The SD/SDHC Memory Card is just 24 x 32 x 2.1 mm (W x H x T) and weighs only 2 g (approx.). Startup time is very short too, so you can record on a moment's notice.

Use it almost anywhere
The tough little SD/SDHC Memory Card is highly resistant to heat, light, impact and dew condensation, so you can take it just about anywhere and use it in a wide range of conditions.

Quick, easy uploading to a PC
You don't have to run a finalising process when transferring data to a PC. With the SD Memory Card's quick, easy data transfer via the SD Memory Card slot, it's easy to use the video clips and still images you shoot.

Product Description

The SDR-S150 with its 3CCD Camera System reproduces color in great fidelity by using a separate CCD for reds greens and blues. It's the same 3CCD technology used in Panasonic professional broadcast equipment resulting in 540 lines of breathtaking resolution. Includes Optical Image Stabilizer which helps eliminate blurred images Leica Dicomar Lens and 2GB SD Memory Card.

Customer Questions & Answers

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Yes, if you film in very low light, it will darken many colors.
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Once I'd written them out I realized it's more involved than I had thought, but hopefully these step by step instructions will help someone.
rgonzale
The video camera is very small but feels very high quality and substantial.
Steven Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By S. Myers on November 13, 2006
I have been using this camera for several weeks in lots of different conditions: indoors, outdoors, action, stills, etc. Overall, it is a great camera if you are looking for good video performance, acceptable still performance for a video camera, no tapes, and an incredibly small size which truly does fit in your pocket.

I have not had any of the dark video issues mentioned above.

I have owned many previous miniDV cameras including a JVC, Canon Elura, Panasonic 3CCD, and Sony DCR-PC1000. To my eye, the video this camera produces video as good as the others in terms of sharpness and color accuracy. I tested it side-by-side with the Sony (the most recent model of those shown), and it performed about the same to my eye as the Sony with video, although color was a little more accurate on the Panasonic, and the still images were noticeably better. I was concerned about getting an MPEG2 camera thinking the compression would cause artifacts and have trouble with action video. I have had no problems with either.

The real reason I tried this camera is that all of the above cameras have broken after a couple years of use due to a broken tape handling mechanism, and I was thrilled about the idea of a tapeless camera! The battery lasts much longer due to not having to drive a tape, and the startup time is great since it doesn't have to get the tape across the recording heads after you switch it on. I also prefer no hard drive for durability and battery life issues, and none of the hard drive cameras are even close to this in size.

Now the trade-offs you make with this camera. At first I thought it didn't go very wide-angle which was disapponting (44mm 35mm equivalent, I think?
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Carneal on January 16, 2007
After reading the reviews here and at [...] on this baby, I was a little cocerned about its low-light and indoor performance. Let me be the first to say that my fears were largely unfounded.

Yes, if you film in very low light, it will darken many colors. But we're talking 60 lux, which is the roughly equivalent to the light put off from the candles of a birthday cake. Just keep the lights on when your kid blows out the candles, and viola! Seriously, I have had absolutely no problems with it filming too dark indoors, outdoors, or even when I film local bands playing in dark bars.

The reason I wanted to try this camera was because it is the only flash-based camera that is receiving even mildly positive reviews. I do not want a tape mechanism that will break, nor a fragile hard drive that cannot be used in many film-worthy conditions (think snow skiing, as the drive mechanism will freeze up on you in very cold weather).

As I said, I was skeptical when I purchased it, but no more. The videos are far better than any other camcorder I've owned. My last was a Canon ZR 50 mini DV, and this camera takes VASTLY superior videos than that one.

The four stars is only because of the mpeg2 format this records to. I have a mac, so editting requires that I convert to DV with streamclip so that imovie can import the movies. Mainly, I just don't edit my home videos so that hasn't been a problem. But if would have been nice for it to be an easier option, and it could have been if they encoded to mpeg4 with h264 and mp3/aac, which appears to be the next standard.

If that concerns you, or if you want HD, you might wait until the Panasonic SD1 is available because it records in AVHDC which is a form of mpeg4.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lev Selector on December 24, 2006
Panasonic SDR-S150 is a wonderful camera.
I am extremely happy with it - and recommend it to everyone.
Popular Mechanics magazine has named it the best in its class - and I completely agree.

I bought mine in the end of September of 2006 and was using it every day for the last 10 months.
The sales person at J&R store has recommended it to me, based on customers feedback - and I am grateful to him for good advice.

The camera makes very decent videos.
Excellent optics, 3-CCD, and true image stabilization do their job.
The videos are bright, sound is excellent.

But most important for me is how easy it is to work with the camera and with the video clips once you made them.
One can use the cable and software provided with the camera, but I like things simple. I take the SD card out, insert it into a $10 USB card reader - and copy the files onto my computer with the mouse. Then I rename the clips - I change extension MOD into MPG.

These clips are in true mpeg-2 format, which is the same format as
in regular DVDs. So many DVD players will natively play those clips without any editing or converting. Also on most computers you can simply double-click on the clip to make it play. If not - you can dowload one of the many free or low-cost software players. I like the VLC player (just google for vlc player) - it is available for both Window and Mac and it is free.

I made our grandmothers very happy. I burn a collection of video clips of our baby on a regular CD (yes, CD, not a DVD) - and mail to them. They can play those video clips on a computer or on a DVD player (portable Phillips is a good choice).

The camera is very easy to operate.
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