Panasonic HDC-SDX1 HD Camcorder Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 6
    • Features
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • High-end features
    • Doubles as a webcam
    • Extremely light
    • Shoots both AVCHD and MP4
  • Cons

    • Average image quality
    • Packaged software clunky
    • HDMI cord not included
    • Small display

Quick Take

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.Panasonic HDC-SDX1

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.

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