- High-end features
- Doubles as a webcam
- Extremely light
- Shoots both AVCHD and MP4
- Average image quality
- Packaged software clunky
- HDMI cord not included
- Small display
The SDX1 is an entry-level device with advanced features. Its versatility and light build make it easy to recommend despite its so-so video quality.
Panasonic is touting its new HDC-SDX1 high definition camcorder as a versatile and extremely light device for good reason. It shoots both MP4 and AVCHD video, easily doubles as a webcam, and weighs less than half a pound.
The SDX1 also sports cool shooting features like intelligent zoom (digital zoom with optical zoom quality), programmable facial recognition (not face detection), and a hybrid optical image stabilization system that combines both optical and digital handshake correction.
We were huge fans of the last Panasonic high-definition camcorder we reviewed, the high-end TM700, and we are delighted to see some of its nifty features make their way down the line to more the more consumer-friendly products. How well do those features fit with this entry-level HD camcorder? Also, how does the SDX1 video stack up against other camcorders in its price range? Read our review to find out.