Excerpt: Recording underwater scenes? The Panasonic SDR-SW20 can help you out with your underwater shots. Its waterproof, compact body allows you to record unforgettable marine action that takes place as deep as 1.5 metres in seawater. Its shockproof feature protects the devise against falls from up to 1.2 metres, while its dustproof feature assures the user of its durability.
Water-proof camcorder captures to SDHC memory cards
Consumer Electronics Net
17 March 2008
Excerpt: Camcorders that will work in hostile places can tend to be very expensive. Sun, snow, dust, rain and humidity can all affect the ability to shoot by varying degrees, and the protection that needs to be afforded in the form of specialized housings can be the equivalent of a deposit on a small Porsche.
Summary: For a first-time attempt at an underwater camcorder, the SDR-SW20 is a fairly solid performer. If you already own a camcorder, it will suit perfectly well as a secondary unit for oceanic holidays.
Hands-on Reviews: Panasonic SDR-SW20 Digital Camera
28 January 2009
Excerpt: Panasonic offers several camcorders that record digital video onto solid-state memory cards, including a high-definition model reviewed elsewhere in this issue. The SDR-SW20 is a standard-definition camcorder with a special talent: the ability to shoot underwater.
Pros: Video optimized for DVD transfer, 10x optical zoom, Great manual controls
Cons: Low still image resolution, Menu system can be awkward
Summary: Taking your camcorder to the beach or on a camping trip is, almost without exception, a terrible idea. Sand, water and dust mix with lenses, tapes and electronics about as well as ice cream and ketchup. But now Panasonic is claiming to have torched the rulebook with its SDR-SW20. An SD camcorder that will happily take the higher capacity SDHC cards, it’s positively begging to be dunked in the pool or sprayed with fine sand.
Summary: The cool factor of waterproof gadgets is high, even when there's a subsequent trade-off in performance. Anyone going any deeper than snorkel depth will need to look elsewhere, but at least the price reflects the compromises made for that cheerily tough exterior.
Summary: The cool factor of waterproof gadgets is high, even when there's a subsequent trade-off in performance, as is the case with the Panasonic SDR-SW20. Anyone going any deeper than snorkel depth will need to look elsewhere, but at least the price reflects the compromises made for that cheerily tough exterior
Excerpt: Nyheden fra Panasonic er meget kompakt og vejer lige under 250 gram, så det kan sendes som brev for bare 20,50 kroner. Det vil man jo normalt ikke gøre, men det lille SW20 kan faktisk holde til det, for det er så robust, at det fx tåler at blive tabt fra 1,2 meters højde. Det kompakte ydre betyder også, at kameraet ikke fylder ret meget i hånden, så det er vanskeligt at holde det stille, når man zoomer ind, og der er ingen stabilisator.