The SDR-S26- a decent camcorder with a reasonable price
9 September 2012
Excerpt: We purchased this camcorder shortly after our son was born-to video him, of course! This was our first camcorder purchase and it's very mid-range, it seems. The camcorder is in an affordable price range, which was important to us. However, the videos are quite grainy, especially when taken inside. The camcorder seems especially sensitive to any low light. Outdoor videos are really quite good.
Summary: I love the zoom. I have zoomed in on windows on skyscrapers from over 20 miles away. the picture is good and the camera weighs next to nothing. I love EVERYTHING about the CAMERA. but I digress.. the software is HORRIBLE! you are forced to use the panasonic software to import your videos to the PC. videos are recorded onto the SD card using a proprietary file format.
camcorder for beginners. Good price, poor quality image.
1 January 2011
Summary: Change my Canon FS 100 camcorder by Panasonic SDR 26 motivated by its great zoom, and other qualities but I am not satisfied with the quality of the videos above low light. I believe however that it is a good equipment for those who do not care about high quality and just want to share videos over the Internet.
Summary: Quick Delivery. Easy startup. 2.5-3hr battery life. Super outside/sunlight/beach videos. Simple playback/copy to PC. Average Video Software provided for PC. Audio is good. Great Values for price. This is not a HD camera. Lower quality videos than my Sony handy-cam 8mm. Poor low light/insight light video. Poor= grainy,dark, time to focus. View screen does not Swivel. Overall this camera meets my needs and the budget I had set aside.
Good Camcorder Poor Software/Still Photos/Low Light
Sirf "Say Yes More Than No", Amazon
24 August 2009
Summary: This camera does a good job of being a camcorder. I like the SD because I don't want the data that comes with HD. The SD cards are pretty cheap too. It's a small device, but I got used to it quickly and pretty well like the quality of the videos that it produces. Great zoom/focus. I decided to keep it as a camcorder. Downsides to consider: Low light gives this trouble focusing and producing clear images Still photos are low meg/pixel.
Sadly it's that old adage - you get what you pay for
B. Bell "Gubs", Amazon
22 September 2010
Summary: Pros: Great price, compact size and weight, excellent zoom, uses SD cards. Cons: Rubbish battery life, looks cheap and flimsy, average picture quality, still images are truly terrible, the 'lens cap' is truly awful. It depends what you're after - don't even glance at this if you want high quality video from a multi-purpose camcorder.
Summary: resently iv wanted to buy my camcorder a trypod but because the hole in the camra is at the front it becomes very hard to balence it and keeps falling over also the battery life isnt very long so if your of on a day trip somewhere even thou it maybe fully charged when you set of towards the end it will run out of battery and i dont know if you can buy a longer one for it ,but appart from that its fantastic with the zoom and easy to fit in your pocket so would recomend it...
Summary: on the plus it is small and very easy to use. and it has a wopping 70x zoom which is amazing. But I am not very happy with the picture quality when I was shooting at SD mode the quality is quite poor and worse than my normal digital camera on video mode. Also the format is such that you can't just play it on your PC.
Summary: If you read a selection of the other reviews, they pretty much cover the whole spectrum. It's a lightweight, point and shoot camcorder that takes acceptable footage in good light, but disappointingly grainy images indoors. SDHC class 2 and upwards cards are recommended by the manufacturer, and that's good advice. If you're planning long video sessions (on holiday, for example) you'll need extra cards and batteries, too.