Panasonic HDC-SD800 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Expandability
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.20
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good 1080/60p video
    • OIS and Intelligent Zoom work very well
    • Intelligent Auto and menus are both user-friendly
  • Cons

    • Larger screens expose some graininess/artifacts in video, especially in low light
    • No lens ring, missing inputs (shoe, mic jack)
    • Zoom mic function is poor

Quick Take

The Panasonic HDC-800 shoots good quality 1080/60p video, but is missing some features you would expect from an $849.99 camcorder.

The Panasonic HDC-SD800 HD Camcorder is part of the new, 4-model HDC series of camcorders from Panasonic, which are the follow-ups to the successful 700 HDC models. Priced at $849.99 — the lowest out of the four new HDC models — the SD800 offers a competitive price for great HD video at 60 fps, but is also lacking in some respects, proving that you get what you pay for.

Panasonic HDC-SD800

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