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Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD HD Camcorder

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Top Features
  • Record HD video direct to SDHC cards; up to 1 hour on a 4 GB SDHC card
  • 3CCD system delivers improved color, detail, and gradation
  • Leica Dicomar lens with 12x optical zoom; built-in O.I.S.
  • 5.1-channel audio recording; Zoom mic function adjusts audio to match camcorder movement
  • 4 GB SDHC memory card included

SKU# 86314


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What's in the box
  • HDC-SD1 Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • DC Cable
  • Battery Pack Lithium-Ion
  • Video Component Cable
  • IR Remote
  • PC Cable USB
  • SD Memory Card SD1: 4GB
  • CD-ROM SD1: HD Writer Ver1.0E for SD1
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable

Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD 3CCD HD Camcorder

Superior color, detail, and gradation
Most professional broadcasting cameras use the 3CCD system. In a 1CCD system, all of the incoming light information is processed by the same CCD. The more advanced 3CCD system uses three distinct CCDs for processing, so there is absolutely no light loss. You can see the results in beautifully rendered images with vivid color, fine detail, and rich gradation:

Beautiful color
Noise can greatly diminish picture quality. Panasonic`s 3CCD system reduces noise by about 30 percent compared with 1CCD systems, helping deliver stunningly beautiful images with clear, natural colors.

Beautiful detail
Horizontal resolution in color is 150 percent compared with that of 1CCD systems. The greater color pixel density means that even finely nuanced colors are rendered distinctly.

Beautiful gradation
The dynamic range to express luminous gradation is 130 percent compared with that of 1CCD systems. This helps produce subtle contrast to create a wide palette of colors.

Suppresses hand-shake in both motion and still pictures
Panasonic`s O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic`s system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you`re shooting a still picture, the Mega O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and Mega O.I.S., the HDC-SD1 is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures.

Superior Leica-certified image quality
Leica AG of Germany is the manufacturer of fine cameras and lenses favored by photographers everywhere. The Leica Dicomar lens featured in the HDC-SD1 was developed specifically for HD digital camcorders, these lens systems are made using a multi-coating process that prevents light reflection and glare, which can make colors bleed and images appear washed out. It also prevents rings of light, or "ghosts".

Special high-performance imaging engine
The HD Advanced Pure Color Engine is a special image processing circuit for the 3CCD HD camcorder. Able to process large amounts of data with high speed and precision, this engine achieves truly superb color reproduction for high-quality pictures.

Get close to the action with 12x optical zoom
Pull distant subjects right up close with 12x optical zoom Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures.

Experience real presence in sound
Panasonic HD camcorders have five electret condenser microphones which separately record sounds from the front, sides, and back. When played on a Dolby Digital 5.1-channel home theater system, the resulting sound is incredibly lifelike. When zooming in on a subject, the sound also focuses on the area right around the subject.

Shoot wide, view wide
This model offers the high-quality wide images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16:9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16:9 screen TV or a conventional 4:3 TV. This model also features a high-density, 250,000-pixel, wide 3.0-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you`re shooting in 16:9 mode.

Sharp focusing even up close with Tele Macro
Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 centimeters from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus.

Adjust the focus easily with Focus Assist
This function enlarges the center of the image, making it easier for you to get a clear, sharp shot when focusing manually.

Additional Features
  • One-touch navigation and joystick control
  • Quick Search and access with thumbnail view
  • Instant on/off
  • Prevent unintended shooting with AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
  • 0 Lux Magic Pix High 6 Lux sensitivity
  • Auto lens cover

    About AVCHD
    "AVCHD" is a new high-definition (HD) digital camcorder recorder format that Panasonic and Sony jointly established. This format allows for the recording and playback of high-resolution, digital HD images using 8cm DVD media or SD/SDHC memory card. The two companies have started licensing the format to extensively promote it throughout the industry.

    The "AVCHD" is an HD digital camcorder format for recording 1080i and 720p signals onto 8cm DVD media or SD/SDHC memory card by using highly efficient codec technologies. The format employs MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) codec for video compression, and Dolby Digital (AC-3) or Linear PCM for audio codec. This makes it possible to develop HD camcorder recorders which achieve compact size as well as high-quality video and audio.

    The MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) codec is a promising technology which is over two times more efficient than MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 codec technologies. By adopting this technology, an "AVCHD" camcorder recorder can record high-quality HD video images onto 8cm DVD media or SD/SDHC memory card.
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    Product ID 86314
    UPC 037988255214
    Brand Panasonic
    SKU 86314
    Manufacturers Part Number HDC-SD1
    Detailed Specifications General
  • Power Supply SD1: DC9.3V/7.2V
  • Power Consumption SD1: 8.0W
  • Weight (w/o Battery) SD1: 430g
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) SD1: 74.1 x 67 x 137mm
  • Recording Format AVCHD (Moving Picture) / JPEG (Still Picture)

    Lens Section
  • Image Sensor
  • SD1: 1/4CCD x 3 (560k x 3pixel Total/
  • 520k x 3[16:9](Moving Picture/ Still Picture) Effective)
  • F Value F1.8 (WIDE) ? F2.8 (TELE)
  • Optical Zoom 12x Variable Speed Zoom
  • Focal Length 4.0 ? 48.0 mm
  • Filter Diameter 43 mm
  • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent 38.5 ? 462mm[16:9] (Moving Picture/ Still Picture)
  • Lens Brand Leica Dicomar

    Camera Section
  • Minimum Illumination 2 Lux (Colour Night View)
  • Focus AF/Manual
  • White Balance Auto/Indoor/Outdoor/White Set
  • Shutter Speed 1/50 ? 1/8000 sec.(Moving Picture), 1/50 ? 1/8000 sec.(Still Picture)
  • Iris Auto/Manual
  • Backlight Compensation Yes
  • Monitor 3.0 Wide LCD(250 k pixels)
  • Microphone Stereo 5ECM, 5.1-Ch Surround Sound, Zoom Mic,Wind Noise Reduction
  • Date Recording Auto Date (in Data Code)
  • OSD Language English/German/French/Italian/Spanish/Dutch/Swedish/Polish/Czech
  • Image Stabilizer O.I.S.
  • Digital Zoom 30x/700x
  • Flash 1m ? 2.5m (approx.)

    Card Section
  • Card Slot SD/ SDHC
  • Still Picture JPEG Picture size: 1920x1080[16:9]2.1MEGA
  • DPOF Max 999stills
  • PictBridge Yes

    Recording Section
  • Format AVCHD (Moving Picture)
  • Recording Mode HF(13Mbps/CBR), HN(9Mbps/VBR), HE(6Mbps/VBR)
  • Playback Mode HF(13Mbps/CBR), HN(9Mbps/VBR), HE(6Mbps/VBR)
  • Audio Recording System Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3)/5.1ch or 2ch

  • AV Out
  • HDMI Out
  • USB Hi-Speed USB(USB 2.0)(miniB)
  • Video Component Out
  • Product Weight .95
    Width (inches) 2.9
    Height (inches) 2.6