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Panasonic HDC-SD80K HD SD Card Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S.
  • 33.7mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Panasonic HDC-SD80K HD SD Card Camcorder

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Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/camcorders/panasonic/CES2011/01_hd_80._.jpg

42x Zoom
POWER O.I.S. HYBRIDThe 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.

* Compared with the HDC-SD60, HDC-TM60, and HDC-HS60.

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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.
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33.7mm Wide Angle*

33.7mm Wide 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.

* 35mm camera equivalent.
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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

Intelligent Resolution TechnologyThe 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 images.

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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.

    * Compared with the HDC-SD60, HDC-TM60, and HDC-HS60.

  • 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 3.0 Megapixels 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 3.0-megapixel* still images of any scene you want. The HD 80 Series lets you enjoy high quality in both motion and still images.

* 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.

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.

Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 4.3 x 2 x 2.3 inches
Item Weight 6.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds
ASIN B004I43MH2
Item model number HDC-SD80K
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,765 in Camera & Photo
#780 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 4, 2011

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By Charles Kent on September 11, 2011
Color: Red Verified Purchase
I ordered the camcorder(Panasonic HDC-SD80R) from 6 Ave through Amazon. I took advantage of free shipping and it was here before the guarantied delivery time. The camcorder was packaged well. You need to order a SD card (8 or 16Gig) class 6 or 10, Mini HDMI to Std. HDMI cable and an extra battery, and charger (the charger that comes with the unit charges the battery in the camera). The software included with the camera will allow you to edit and burn AVCHD DVD discs. These are standard DVDs that will play in many BluRay players. Now if you want to do some serious DVD editing use Roxio Creator 2010-2012(the program handles MTS files after downloading K-lite codecs) I must admit when I first got the camcorder I thought about sending it back because Windows Media Player and several other players didn't like the MTS/M2TS files and my editing software didn't recognize those files(K-lite codecs fixed those issues). The zoom, stabilization and picture quality is awesome for this price camcorder. I just got back from a trip to Manhatten and took over an hour of videos, looked at them on my 50 inch TV and still didn't need the second battery. It will fit in a shirt pocket.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I have used this for video and still pictures. The picture quality is excellent. Connecting to computer easy. It is very small and lightweight. It is comfortable for still pictures, but I cannot use the video on/off with my hand in strap. It is too awkward. Also, it does not allow you to download to computer more than once. Intended to be downloaded to disk. This was not made clear before buying. This model is low end. Missing some of features of HDC-TM80P and HDC-HS80P. But for me it is great. I am an amateur and just want to point and shot and not fuss around.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I purchase this camcorder after spending weeks researching for a camcorder with all the features I want it in a camera, the video is amazing and the features are very easy to use, for the money is the best buy out there. I purchase from Amazon and only pay $199 best buy is selling the same camcorder for $368 so if you looking for a great camcorder but don't want to spent a lot of money this is the one. I recommend purchasing the drop and spill warranty just in case and is so worth it.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
The video on this entry level unit is very good and the zoom works well. The still photo function and clarity is only fair but the primary function is video. Extra cost to buy a non supplied flash card (go with at least a 16 mg). Overall a great deal when on sale.
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**Update 05/12-Hubby figured out how to turn the light off. It is on the menu touch screen, reccord setup, video light -not too difficult :)

We did a bunch of research on a middle-range camera with HD. Originally we ordered through another site which was a big mistake. After 3 weeks of having a tracking label and the product never actually leaving the warehouse, I cancelled the order and placed through the dependable Amazon. We still don't have everything down with the camera after a few months, but what we do know works pretty well. The size is nice for anyone, it is light and has a great zoom. We would like to record without the bright light though...still trying to figure it out. So, the product is a great quality, but we could use some help on using the features correctly. I should say though, with a baby at home we haven't spent much time reading the manual.
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I like the camera and the results are very good. There are some features I'm still trying to figure out but that's my problem. I do not like the touch screen. It's very difficult to use a touch screen when the area is the size of a postage stamp. The menu uses very unintuitive icons so that makes the touch screen doubly annoying.

I am happy with the camera and will find the settings most suitable to me and leave it. I do wish it had the option to go into lower resolution modes for using video on web sites. Maybe it does. I can't find it. In all, it's a great little camera with superb zoom. The built it light was a pleasant surprise but I can't figure out how to turn it off! Just need more time to play with it.

What matters most is video quality, sound quality and good battery life. The camera has all 3. Go for it.
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Bought this half way across the world about month ago. Not too worried about the warranty and returns because the price is so good, and it is Panasonic, right? Not from some run-of-the-mill nameless manufacturer. Got it for $189 when it was listed at $199 (I suppose Amazon dropped the price to nudge me to buy), and it is now $319.99. The video camera is palm-size small and feels very light. This is important when you need to hold it for a long period of time while shooting some scenes. Unlike my previous video camera, which required mini CD-R, this works off SD cards (must be class 4 and above though), which is readily available and don't cost much either. The only negative is that it doesn't come with a carrying case so I am carrying it around in the bubble-wrap from the box. The built-in lens shutter is a nice touch. I can say bye bye lens caps, which was so common in video cameras, and frankly so last century. I've taken a 45 minute video of myself delivering a lecture, which was the main reason I bought this cam, and it has turned out well, both video and audio. The battery consumption was only 1 bar out of 3 bars that I started out with and the file size was about 2.3 gb (set to the second highest resolution of the cam). I am sure that scenes with greater motion will consume more battery power and memory consumption will be more. But this is my assumption. My only complaint is not with the camera but the software that came with it. I could import the still pictures, but not the videos. By the way, the still picture resolution and color are nothing to shout about. Maybe I have not read the full instructions in the manual, but who reads manuals nowadays? So I did it the old-fashioned way. Windows-Explored the SD Card and copied the video file out to my PC. Overall, very satisfied with this product, so far.
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