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The SD600's high-sensitivity 3MOS system has achieved 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 megapixels x 3). This image sensor offers beaut...

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published 11/09/2010 | peepy
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Pro Small, light, easy to use, FANTASTIC picture quality
Cons Expensive but absolutely no regrets
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"Not cheap, but for family memories love it, love it, love it!!"

Like many people, I use a camcorder purely for filming family, holidays, family events etc, and chose to upgrade to the Panasonic HDC-SD600 just days before a family holiday to America.

Previously I was using a very early Sony Handycam (that recorded straight onto DVD). The Handycam DVDs looked fine on our old tv but the picture quality on our new HD TV was not all that great, so an upcoming trip to America was the prompt to upgrade.

I have always used a 35mm camera (film and later digital) for photos of the children as they were growing up, and never regretted the investment as we have beautifully clear pictures of the children from babies onwards, and was looking for the camcorder equivalent.

I was at first tempted by the Panasonic HDC TM700, because of its small size and glowing professional reviews. The price tag however, made me hesitate - my kids were now teenagers - would I get anything near value for money from it? It was then that I discovered that the SD600 had just been launched, which appeared to offer the quality of the TM700 without the manual options which hand on heart I suspected (as with my 35mm digital SLR camera) I would never actually use. I have no intention of making anything creative or arty, or even approaching professional - I just wanted a small, easy to use camcorder that gave me quality pictures.

For approx £500 (still a lot I know) this camcorder gives me exactly that. The zoom (optical 12X) is brilliant for filming kids in the sea etc, and I have found the picture quality to be stunning. It is so easy to use, that on a recent family holiday I had a hard job tearing it away from my own children and my nieces!

The touch screen is very intuitive, and having used it successfully on two family holidays already without even reading any instructions, I have to say that the only downside I have found is that it's ease of use can make you slightly over confident and liable to not actually read what it is saying on the screen. Several times I have thought I was not recording when I was, and vice versa. While providing a more 'interesting' and honest record of your holiday it can be frustrating to record your child climbing up the rocks and then to stop recording (thinking you were pressing 'record') just as they jump off into the water! The fact that I (and the children) made this same mistake shows that it is easy to do, but now that I am aware of it, and remember to pay attention to the on-screen information, it doesn't happen. There really isn't any excuse other than carelessness, the screen is visible even in bright sunlight (I was initially worried about the camera not having a viewfinder, but it really is no problem).

I was unsure what kind of memory card I would need, but after reading lots of 'professional' reviews, settled on a 16GB SanDisk Ultra, which gave me plently of recording space for a family holiday (and I record a lot!).

The camera also takes 'still' photos which are more than adequate for family photos - as you would expect they are not as clear as with the 35mm, but the great zoom is very very useful.

This is the only HD camera that I have, so it is impossible to compare to others, but all that I can say is that it's very easy to use, small enough to pop in your handbag, and the picture quality is brilliant! Very, very pleased.

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  • peepy published 11/09/2010
    Thank you for your advice, hope that's better.
  • dynamicnurse published 11/09/2010
    Try breaking your paragraphs up a little, as this will make it easier for the reader to follow.
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Product Information : Panasonic HDC-SD600EBK

Manufacturer's product description

The SD600's high-sensitivity 3MOS system has achieved 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 megapixels x 3). This image sensor offers beautiful images with significantly better color quality, detail and gradation than the 1MOS sensor system. The large-diameter F1.5 lens, 3MOS sensors, and Crystal Engine PRO have improved the efficiency of light gathering, increased sensitivity, and reduced noise by one-half to provide users with bright, low-noise recording even in dim lighting. 1080/50p recording (Full-HD, 1920 x 1080, 50 progressive recording) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording to produce the ultimate beauty in image quality, exceeding even conventional Full-HD images. It minimizes afterimages and moire patterns caused by subject motion and renders crisp, detailed images. Card can record approximately 27 hours and 30 minutes of 1920 x 1080i high-definition video in HE mode and approximately 5 hours and 20 minutes of 1920 x 1080p full high-definition video in 1080/50p mode. The 12x optical zoom lens is further enhanced by Intelligent Resolution technology in the Crystal Engine PRO image-processing circuit, to produce the 18x intelligent zoom. The zoom achieves even greater image detail. And the SD600 is also equipped with a 35mm wide-angle lens that is ideal for many different shooting situations, such as self-portraits and group photos indoors, and landscape shots outdoors. The iA function includes face recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.

Product Details

Product Description: Panasonic HDC-SD600EBK - camcorder - storage: flash card

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p - widescreen

Media Type: Flash card

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: Crystal Engine PRO

Sensor Resolution: 3.05 Mpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 2.53 Mpix - Photo: 2.63 Mpix

Lens System: Leica 12 x zoom lens - 3.45 - 41.4 mm - f/1.5-2.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 700 x, 18 x, 18

Image Stabiliser: Optical (POWER O.I.S.)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1250 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.2 cm x 12.6 cm x 6.6 cm

Weight: 325 g

Manufacturer: Panasonic

LCD Display Size: 2.70000244140625

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 12 x, 12

Long Name: HDC-SD600

Recording Format: AVCHD; SD/SDHC Memory Card

Optical System / Image Stabiliser: Optical

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 1/4

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: 3MOS

General

MPN: HDC-SD600EBK

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p

Enclosure Colour: Black

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 3.05 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 2.53 Mpix

Effective Photo Resolution: 2.63 Mpix

Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution: 14.2 Mpix

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: Flash card

Optical Sensor Type: 3MOS

Optical Sensor Size: 1/4.1"

Optical Zoom: 12 x

Digital Zoom: 700 x

Image Processor: Crystal Engine PRO

Image Stabiliser: Optical (POWER O.I.S.)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVCHD

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 1 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, sunlight, indoor

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec

Lens System

Type: Leica 12 x zoom lens - 3.45 - 41.4 mm - f/1.5-2.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 420mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 46 mm

Features: Built-in lens shield

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, touch-screen control, built-in speaker, backlight compensation, DPOF support, PictBridge support, histogram display, Scene Detection Technology, Intelligent Scene Selector, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording, interval shooting mode, takes photos while film recording, AF/AE tracking, Intelligent Contrast Control, Pre-Rec function, Auto Ground-Directional Standby (AGS), Intelligent Resolution Technology, face detection, built-in help guide, 25p Cinema Mode, Smile Detection technology, automatic display brightness adjustment, Face Recognition

Display

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 230,400 pixels

Display Features: Rotating

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Microphone Features: Zoom, wind noise reduction

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x component video output ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x headphones

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Panasonic HD Writer AE 2.1

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP SP2 or later, MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.6.x, Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8, MS Windows Vista

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, stylus, power adapter, USB cable, audio / video cable, component video cable, IR remote control

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1250 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 4864 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 3840 x 2160 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 3072 ¦ JPEG 3600 x 2400 ¦ JPEG 2880 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 4032 x 3024 ¦ JPEG 3200 x 2400 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Video Capture: AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 28Mbps - SDHC Class 6 recommended ¦ AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 17Mbps - require SDHC Class 4 or higher ¦ AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 13Mbps - require SDHC Class 4 or higher ¦ AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 9Mbps - require SDHC Class 4 or higher ¦ AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 5Mbps - require SDHC Class 4 or higher

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 6.2 cm

Depth: 12.6 cm

Height: 6.6 cm

Weight: 325 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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