Summary: This is the first camcorder I have bought and after reading all the reviews I thought I would go for it as would be great for Christmas with the grandchildren and also a Disney holiday in Florida in April to capture their faces. I wanted to put all the film on Dvd so also bought the Panasonic Dvd burner. What a farce it has been.
Summary: The first thing I noticed upon opening the box was that the lens cover was open. My rising anger was soon tempered though when I started playing around with shooting video and saw the results! It is a simpletons camera: all the main buttons are intuitively in the right place, though the zoom lever is a bit uncontrollable and hard to get used to. It feels very light, plasticky and cheap. It is made of cheap plastic panels screwed together.
Summary: A handheld, full HD camera for £300? Sounds too good to be true. And it is. The SD9 seems sleek, neat and friendly, but it has multiple very serious flaws which make it a nightmare to use. 1. The autofocus is dreadful and aims for areas of high contrast, no matter where they are in the frame, so it usually focuses on large strong highlights and shadows far away. It's also very slow. 2.
Summary: UPDATED REVIEW: I have just been out and took more footage with this camera and what I have discovered is the picture quality does improve when the lighting is good e.g. bright sunlight but even then you do get some noise on certain parts of the footage similar to a jpeg photo. Take the camera indoors and the noise is really bad. ORIGINAL REVIEW: I was really looking forward to getting this camera, I was amazed at how small and light it was.