Summary: Comments about Panasonic Palmcorder HDC-SD9 High Definition Digital Camcor: My only beef is that it's so tiny it might be easy to lose. Maybe I'm just used to more size for video cameras. It fits nicely in the pocket of cargo pants. It takes amazing video for a home camera.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Summary: Pros: Price. Lightweight. Compact and easy to use. Good High level light pictures. SD Card is located nicely and easy to access. Sound Quality is great. Cons: Extremely! poor low light video quality. I mean POOR, Crappy, decrepid, lame, sub-par, not good etc, etc. Bundled Software is crap. Have to open the viewer to remove the battery. Poor Still Picture Quality. I almost returned this camera due to its poor low light performance.
Summary: Before I publish this review, I've been using the camera for almost 2 weeks. I've been contemplating hard whether I was able to get my money's worth. But the sad thing is, I didn't. Here are my reasons: 1. The HDC-SD9 has awful low-light performance. -I thought that the camera's manual iris and aperture would solve the problem since the Magicpix mode is obviously intended for still shots only and the low-light mode barely improves lighting conditions on dark scenes.
Amazing Camera, But I still can't do anything with the footage it records.
T. Humphreys, Amazon
27 April 2008
Summary: Don't get me wrong, this camera is amazing. from how everything looks on the LCD screen, it's fantastic. I bought a Century (schneider) 37mm mini death lens which fits on perfectly with no adapters and is amazing for up-close action.. skateboarding and snowboarding follow-cams specifically. This camera also weighs nearly nothing, is extremely portable, and fits well in your hand. It is also very small too..
Small size, but poor video quality and iMovie support
Online Shopper, Amazon
10 April 2008
Summary: I tried both the Panasonic HDC-SD9 and Canon VIXIA HF100. While the Panasonic wins hands-down on size, the picture quality just pales in comparison to the Canon, especially in low light. Plus, as of this review time, the files created with this camcorder crash iMovie! So, I'm going with the Canon HF100 instead of this one.
Summary: Bought this camcorder a few days ago so not had much chance to try it out as yet. But agree having to remove the battery to attach mains supply to connect to a PC is a nuisance. Surely users can be left to decide for themselves whether the battery has enough charge left to carry out the required operation?
Summary: I take it as read that this will produce high quality video. As an apple user I want it to work in iMovie 08 by using an SD card reader. I like working like this. I got the Apple store in Southampton and the John Lewis store to try to import some footage shot on a new SD9 using a card reader. It did not work. Much head scratching! There is a lot of talk about this issue on DV forums and Apple forums. Some say import problems to iMovie have been resolved.
Summary: There are lots of reviews on this cam on the web,so I will not repeat much of what others have said.The cam is full HD,small,like a 25ml drink's can and weighs little.It does not come with a case and Panasonic say they will not make one.If you want a case try this zoom lens case, Lowepro Lens Case 1N. Performance in good light is excellent but it does tend to over expose a little,which can cause whites to lose detail,use of the intellegent contrast helps to some extent.
Summary: I just wanted to reiterate the other review here. The features and quality of this camera at this price-point and size are astounding with 2 minor and 1 major annoyance. 2 minor issues: No HDMI cable in the box and you have to run off the mains when using the HDMI cable (the HDMI port is behind the battery) 1 major: Does not work well with iMovie or Final Cut under OS X.
Excerpt: La cámara en sí no está mal. No he podido llegar a grabar con buena calidad. Sin embargo, tengo una cámara de fotos que graba en HD, que cuando quiero grabar bien es la que uso. A esta cámara le faltan cosas que creo que las marcas no las ponen para que no compitan con sus gamas altas: * Entrada micrófono, muy importante para hacer entrevistas, videos musicales, etc....