Excerpt: This camcorder is very lightweight and portable. It is easy to charge, and the battery life is very long. It is easy to delete unwanted recordings. The joystick controller for the menu is easier than most to use. Having an SD card option for backup is useful. There is a still picture option. That is why my husband bought the camera. We wanted a camcorder and camera all in one. There are too many menu options, and the setup is very hard to navigate.
The Panasonic SDR S26 Camcorder v. The Canon FS200 Camcorder
4 April 2010
Summary: After being torn between the Canon FS200 and the Panasonic SDR S26, I bought the Panasonic after reading several reviews touting it's wonderful zoom and decent standard video quality. First off, it's light, small, and very easy to use. Simple navigation, amaaaaazing zoom -- really amazing. I couldn't believe how far I could see and how stable my view was without a tripod. Also, this camcorder has great sound.
Summary: compared to my old minolta 8mm camcorder the picture quality was terrible. movies shot in the house lacked color and definition. when used in bright sunlight quality improved but still was not up to my standards. this was my first digital recorder so I can't say how it compares to others. I think the 70 x telephoto is a great feature as I wanted to film wildlife,but the pictures were too blurred to appreciate the subjects.
Summary: I'm usually not one to write reviews however my experience with the camera in consideration with it's intended use warrants one. I bought the camera to use as an in-car camera for time trial racing. The camera lacks quality vibration control and as a result the picture is shaky. My car is stiff, perhaps it would work in another car it would be better.
Summary: For the past 20 years I've been an avid Panasonic customer. But this one product was a big disappointment... Simply said, the video picture is not up to par, when viewed on my flat screen TV... The x70 zoom is greatly appreciated, but for me it was more of a gimmick... Yes, at low light the quality is not good, but then most cameras can't perform well under bad lighting.
Pros: Easy to use, very small and compact, good manual. 70x zoom.
Cons: The picture quality is just simply not good enough. In this age of HD flat screen TVs the quality is just very disappointing... Even on a bright day, the video looks like a copy of an analog video. The fact this has a 70x zoom is really a gimmick...
Summary: Camera is nice and small but needs care if use in the hot summer. I thought the camera was damaged because it wouldn't shut off without removing the battery, also experience zoom function not working, no picture,shaky focus movements would sometime focus in and out throughout the zoom, once the camera was allowed to cool down all function came back, but still experience focus problems intermittantly, hopefully everything is OK.
Summary: I bought this camera in September but have now conceeded that It will have to go as the video quality is awful. Surely the whole point of a video camera is picture quality, after all you only get one chance to record important events and you want those memories recorded as clearly and faithfully as possible. The 70X Zoom is a gimmic, far better would be a more reasonable Zoom say 25X with Panasonic paying more attention to video quality.
Summary: well i wouldnt reconmend this camcorder to anyone, i was very disapointed with this product the specks with the camera are very good but the piture quality is were it lets this camcorder down, not that bad out doors but indoors with different light thats were this camcorder gets caught out, there is this like haze too it so if you after going for a camcorder dont buy this product spent a bit more money and read reveiws if you are after quality this one definitly isnt
Excerpt: ...Mi aspettavo di aver comprato una buona videocamera ed invece ho notato usandola fin dal primo giorno, che la panasonic sdr-s26 è una vera e propria delusione. Infatti nelle riprese dentro casa fatte ad esempio la sera ma con le luci accese, non si vede ...