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Panasonic HDC-SD600K 3MOS High-Def Camcorder with 35mm Wide-Angle Lens and 18x Intelligent Zoom (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 3MOS Sensor and Leica Dicomar Lens (F1.5–2.8)
- 1080 Progressive Recording (Full-HD, 1920 x 1080, 60 progressive recording)
- 35mm Wide-angle Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
- Intelligent Resolution Technology
- Power O.I.S.
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|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2.5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Package Height||4.6 x 5.4 x 7.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
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|Screen Size||2.7 in||3 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS||CMOS||CMOS||CMOS||CMOS|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||1080p||—||1080p_hd||other|
HDC-SD600K PANASONIC HD CAMCORDER 3MOS 1920X1080 PROGRESSIVE 60FPS 14.2MP STILLS
From the Manufacturer
The SD600's high-sensitivity 3MOS system has achieved 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 megapixels x 3). This new image sensor offers beautiful images with significantly better color quality, detail and gradation than the 1MOS sensor system. The large-diameter F1.5 Leica Dicomar Lens, newly developed Crystal Engine Pro, and this high-sensitivity sensors have improved the efficiency of light gathering, increased sensitivity, and reduced noise by one-half to provide users with bright, low-noise recording even in dim lighting.
New 1080/60p recording (Full-HD, 1920 x 1080, 60 progressive recording) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording to produce the ultimate beauty in image quality, exceeding even conventional Full-HD images. It minimizes afterimages and flickering caused by subject motion and renders crisp, detailed images. 64GB SDXC card can record approximately 27 hours 30 minutes of 1920 x 1080i High Definition video in HE mode, and approximately 5 hours 20 minutes of 1920 x 1080p full High Definition video in 1080/60p mode.The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate low-frequency hand-shake, the new POWER O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively. The new O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide angle to telephoto. The 12x optical zoom lens is further enhanced by Intelligent Resolution Technology in the Crystal Engine Pro image-processing circuit, to produce the new 18x Intelligent Zoom. The new zoom achieves even greater image detail. And SD600 is also equipped with a 35mm* wide-angle lens that is ideal for many different shooting situations, such as self-portraits and group photos indoors, and landscape shots outdoors. * 35mm-lens equivalent.
The iA function includes Face Recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously 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 up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.
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Overall, it's not a bad camera. I can't say for sure the 3MOS makes any appreciable difference other than it seems like it does better in low light. Video quality is what you'd expect for a camera in this price range, good. Occasionally there are some oddities when it is selecting white balance (ie a blue tungsten hue at times) but it corrects itself after a few seconds or camera angle movement. I really like the OIS (image stabilization). It definitely does quite a bit better than other camcorders I've owned.
Photo quality is probably equal to a low to mid range point and shoot. But I didn't buy it to take pictures so it doesn't bother me.
I'd bump it up a star if someone knows how to get the 60P video to work without stuttering (and not using Panasonic's software).
We bought a 32 mb class 10 SD card and didn't even fill it half way in 1 weeks worth of ski videos in 60p mode. I was worried about running out of memory, but that will not be an issue. I bought a back up 16 gb SD card and a second (generic) battery. Everything works like a dream! We can't wait to take this little gem along on our BIG overseas vacation this summer!
A concern I had was dealing with 60p mode when transferring videos to a backup (I don't want to keep buying expensive SD cards!). I had read lots of video enthusiasts reviews that were having trouble processing the camera's 60p files. I guess if you plan to do LOTS of video editing and use elite software, be prepared to have a super fast computer and high end conversion/editing software. However, for the average home user, like myself, the included software from Panasonic was simple and easy to use. The included software can 1) download a direct copy of the videocamera's files AS IS to your computer's hard drive; 2) it can burn the 60p file to a BluRay disc or AVCHD disk (requires compatible bluray or avchd player)--I don't have a bluray burner, so can't evaluate this 3) Directly downconvert the camera's original 60p file to HD DVD format on a STANDARD DVD--there is a VERY slight loss of IQ in this downconversion, but I was extremely pleased with the results (they were still WAAAY better than the standard def video of an older camera)----we used this function & were able to play the disc created by the HD writer software on our PS3 and in a standard DVD player hooked to our HDTV. and4) the software can downconvert the camera files directly to a standard def DVD (although, I can't imagine why you'd want to do this!). The software really was simple to use. The downconversion process does take a while (about 1.5 hours for about 20-30 min of video. This is a faster time estimate, since we used the camera's onboard downconversion. I haven't tried it, but I understand the downconversion takes longer if you copy the camera's files to your computer first and then try to downconvert the files already on the computer. The included HD writer software from Panasonic does allow some very simple editing, such as ordering of clips, adding titles, etc. If you plan to do more, check into higher end software, but be advised that not all products easily handle the 60p format.
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