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.
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.
Summary: I bought the HDC-SD9 about 2 weeks ago. I am very happy with it though there have been some frustrations. Great video in bright outdoor light. Not so great indoors with less (but not bad light). I discovered a few things through trial and error and by reading user reviews.
Summary: Pros Extremely small (fits in the front pocket of my shorts) Awesome picture quality outside with good light. 3CCD Great zoom The best image stabilizer I've ever used on a video camera. Really like that is uses memory cards rather than tape or hard drives. Cons' Low light performance is not good.
Great camcorder, but suggest Nero 8 Ultra for Editing
Dale MCATEE, Amazon
29 May 2008
Summary: I purchased this camcorder from Amazon just after it came out, and discovered the price dropped considerably not long after. I contacted Amazon within 30 days and promptly received a credit back for the difference. Nice job!
Summary: I think this is a great product. Lightweight and handy. I read some bad reviews about the picture quality, but I don't agree. Low light performance is still acceptable for point and shoot users. Cons: The software is not that great to edit movies, but works pretty well to save and burn them.
Bottom line, it's a very decent HD quality camercorder for under $600
J. Shinn, Amazon
24 May 2008
Summary: UPDATE2: I finally got an Infrared Light array to test the Panasonic HDC-SD9 in 0-lux. Low-light mode barely picks up anything while in MagixPix mode, it's bright but the motion is so choppy it's useless.
Summary: We bought this to record important family events and for us it has worked very well. The quality of the raw image files seems quite high and the ease of use and portability make it a good choice for amateurs in my view.
Summary: This camcorder is probably the tiniest of its category. It fits in my jacket pocket. It has many interesting features : face detection (the video is always well focused on the faces), pre-record (to record 3 seconds before the "record" button).