Conclusion: From my perspective Panasonic tossed a Hail Mary pass, hoping a new 3MOS system would resuscitate a camcorder line-up that is being left in the dust by the Big Three (Canon, JVC, Sony). Although the pass made it down field (improved quality), the ball was batted away by its competitors. At $1,099 list, you’re much better off spending the extra cash and buying—in this order—the Canon HG21 , Sony HDR-SR12/SR11 , JVC GZ-HD40/HD30 .
Pros: Improved video over 3CCD system; very good LCD screen; O.I.S. good as ever
Cons: Video not competitive with the Big Three; poor placement of HDMI/USB outs and controller
A compact, high-definition Panasonic camcorder with a 3-chip sensor.
Good Gear Guide.au
26 October 2009
Summary: The Panasonic HDC-SD100 provides a great set of well-implemented tools that are in the right place at the right price. Unfortunately, poor connection placement and poor imaging make it hard to recommend this camcorder.