Gadget Pr0n: Panasonic SD9 Camcorder

Posted: March 19, 2008
Gadget Pr0n: Panasonic SD9 Camcorder

We don’t review scientific calculators here and Hell will freeze over before we ever talk about a refrigerator with a USB port and built in monitor.

No, we review technology of a more… stimulating nature. Meaning, gadgets that are fun and easy, sleek and sexy, but that you won’t have to hide from your mother under the mattress of your bed.

Today, we'll review the Panasonic HDC-SD9 Camcorder.

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Panasonic HDC-SD9 Camcorder

  • It's really well designed.
  • Zoom rocker and still camera button are well placed at your index finger
  • The joystick navigation and buttons are easy
  • Shots in daylight look good, but colors are sort of washed out
  • Low light shooting is more grainy than you'd expect
  • Image stabilization works well
  • You can also manually focus, white balance, and make iris and shutter adjustments
  • The LCD screen is so small though that it's tough to see an accurate representation of your shot
  • We saw a little difference with face detection being used
  • It draws a box around any face it's detecting, and then adjusts exposure and contrast so faces aren't lost in bad lighting
  • It's fun to have, but the lack of image quality almost makes it not worth it
  • It records to an SD (or SDHC) card up to 32 GB ($399), and you can get about four hours of the highest quality on that
  • Ideally you should be able to take it off an sd card and just drop it on your computer, but Panasonic's software makes it incredibly hard
  • You have to convert it to Mpeg-2 because it stores as a proprietary file, but we had tons of crashes doing that
  • It's so small and convenient that it's tough to knock this camera.
  • However, the image quality is disappointing, and software issues make getting your videos frustrating
  • Hold off and wait for software updates if size matters, but spend a little more for better image quality
  • You can get it for $700 online



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