Summary: I purchased this unit to record events & things I own. It is extremely easy to use & so lightweight. It takes great pictures stills & videos. I wish it had a video light as well as the still flash. The sound is great, but the video is a little grainy in dim light. It uploads video & still to your computer easily but cannot be used as a webcam & I wish it could be. The remote is the best way to use the camera on playback.
Tremendous quality captures (still and video), great dollar value.
14 January 2012
Summary: Great camera. Full featured and very portable. Owned one, broke it and had to get another in spite of picking up a DSLR in between. Absolutely A+. 5 channel mic array, full HD resolution, records straight to an SD card. Only downside is the proprietary software which is not so intuitive or "fresh" looking.
Summary: This is my second Panasonic HDC-SD9, and I absolutely love them. I've never seen such a reasonably priced camcorder so small and lightweight take such amazing quality video with superior sound. I use the camcorder at least daily for YouTube videos, and the battery life is superb thanks to the memory card storage. I would most certainly recommend this camcorder to anyone!
Summary: Let me just say that I love this camera. Excited as I was to be getting my first 3-chip videocam, thereby putting me in the ranks of more professional standards, I have to admit I was a little worried when I opened up the package and saw how small this thing really is. But they've packed quite a package into this little frame.
Summary: This camera is essentially to replace most of my old non-3ccd gear I was using for doing webisodes. I havent began editing the footage but the raw stuff looks very promising. Its a very small chip 3CCD but the color quality is very nice. I will say if youre using this for production learn lighting and use it heavily as the camera has bad low light capabilities and has heavy ghosting in low light.
Summary: This is the first camcorder I've owned, so my rating is based on my personal satisfaction and not comparison to other cameras. Good: - 3ccd: The color depth and saturation are very good. - Optical image stabilization works really well. - 5.1 surround sound: It's actually very good when you're watching your videos with a good pair of headphones--it really adds dimension to the sound. The sound quality is also good.
Summary: I'm quite happy with the camcorder, ease of use is what I expected for the form factor. Menu navigation is somewhat tedious, but I don't find it to be all the needed once you're shooting. SD memory medium is great - I love the fact that the camera is silent, small, and lightweight. It gets intriguingly warm when shooting for extended periods. Only complaints are the avchd file types and lack of good free editing tools. Overall great value and I'm pleased.
Summary: I've had this camcorder for a few weeks now. If you are looking for a reasonably priced entry level high-definition camcorder that doesn't use tape, then the Panasonic HDC-SD9 is a great buy. It is by no means a perfect camcorder, but if you want a camera that produces better video, expect to pay at least $250 more. The Panasonic shoots spectacular video outdoors. It is compact, easy to handle, and easy to use for beginners.