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Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder - SDR-H40

Abt Model: SDRH40 | UPC Code: 037988255979
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Advanced Optical Image Stabilization/ 40GB Internal Hard Drive/ Up To 36 Hours Recording Time/ Anti-Shock Shield/ One-Touch DVD Copying/ Wind Noise Reduction/ Intelligent Contrast Control/ Built-In SD Slot/ 42x Optical Zoom/ Silver Finish
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Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder - SDRH40

Features:

  • Advanced O.I.S. Reduces Camera Shake, Even at 42x Zoom
    The SDR-H40's 42x optical zoom lens has the power you need to take dramatic closeups or get remarkable shots of even distant subjects. But with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand shake has a huge effect on picture quality. That's where Panasonic's Advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) comes in, suppressing the effects of hand shake as you shoot. The system uses gyrosensors to detect hand shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts the optical axis to compensate. This all happens a remarkable 4,000 times per second. And because the system is optical, no image quality is lost. Thanks to Advanced O.I.S., the images you capture look incredibly clear, sharp and blur-free even at high zoom levels.
  • Non-Stop Shooting Fun with 40GB Hard Drive
    The SDR-H40's 40GB internal hard disk drive lets you record continuously for up to 36 hours (in LP mode) without changing a disc, tape or other recording media.
  • Anti-Shock Shield Helps Protect Your Memories
    Panasonic's Anti-Shock Shield helps protect recorded video data from damage due to jolts and impact. The Drop Detect function senses if the camera is falling and moves the head away from the hard disk. The Floating Structure protects the hard disk should the camera fall or be dropped. And the Buffer Memory automatically backs up data while the camera is falling.
  • One-Touch DVD Copying
    This hard disk drive camcorder has a USB Host function, which lets you connect directly to a DVD burner (sold seperately) via a USB cable. You can then copy recordings from the hard disk to a DVD disc by simply pressing a button.
  • Edit Your Videos
    You can transfer the motion-image data from the SD card or the camcorder's hard drive right to your PC2 using your PC's USB port. Then with the included VideoCam Suite 1.0 software, you can easily put scenes in a different order and delete the ones you don't want. When you're finished with your video production, you can resave the edited version onto an SD memory card and a DVD disc.

Specifications:

Media

  • Records Onto: SD/SDHC Memory Card, Hard Disk Drive
  • Recording Format: MPEG2 (Motion Image)

Lens

  • Image Sensor (Total): 1/6" CCD (800K pixels)
  • Image Sensor (Effective): 4:3 -- 290K, 16:9 -- 380K (Motion Image/Still Picture)
  • F Value: F1.8 (Wide) / F4.3 (Tele)
  • Optical Zoom: 42x Variable Speed Zoom
  • Focal Length: 1.8 - 75.6 mm
  • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent: 40.9-1718 mm [4:3], 33.4-1403 mm [16:9][Motion Image], 40.7-1710 mm [4:3]/33.2-1393 mm [16:9][Still Picture]
  • Lens Type: Panasonic

Camera

  • 3CCD Camera System: No
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes (Advanced O.I.S.)
  • Still Picture Recording: VGA
  • Minimum Illumination: 2 Lux (Magic Pix®)
  • Focus: AF/Manual
  • White Balance: Auto/Indoor/Outdoor/White Set (with IR Sensor)
  • High Speed Shutter
    • 1/30-1/8000 (Motion Image)
    • 1/30-1/500 (Still Picture)
  • Iris: Auto/Manual
  • Backlight Compensation: Yes
  • LCD Monitor: 2.7" Wide (123,200 Dots)
  • Power LCD: Yes(Plus)
  • Pure Color Engine: Yes
  • Soft-Skin Mode: Yes
  • Easy-to-Use Mode Dial: Yes
  • MagicPix Images: Yes
  • Microphone: Stereo Zoom Mic, Wind Noise Reduction
  • Date Recording: Auto Date (in Date Code)
  • Fade in/out: Yes
  • On-Screen Display Language: English / Canadian French / Spanish
  • Digital Zoom: 42x-2000x
  • Quick Start: 2.1 seconds

Recording & Playback

  • Cue and Review: No
  • Skip: No
  • Video Recording Format: MPEG2 (Moving Picture)
  • Recording Mode
    • XP (10 Mbps/VBR), SP (5 Mbps/VBR), LP (2.5Mbps/VBR)
  • Playback Mode
    • XP (10Mbps/VBR), SP (5Mbps/VBR), LP (2.5Mbps/VBR)
  • Audio Recording Format: Dolby Digital (2ch)/MPEG1 Audio Layer2
  • Recording Time
    • HDD: 40GB: XP(9h)/SP(18h)/LP(36h), SDHC: 16GB: (up to 13h 20mins in LP)/8GB: (up to 6h 40mins in LP)/4GB: (up to 3h 20mins in LP)
    • SD: 2GB: XP(25mins)/SP(50mins)/LP(1h 40mins), 1GB: XP(12mins)/SP(25mins)/LP(50mins)
  • Still Picture: JPEG Picture Size: 2.1 MEGA: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
  • Still Picture Recording Number
    • Recording Number SDHC: 8GB(640 x 480/640 x 360): 55260 High, 99999 Normal, 4GB(640 x 480/640 x 360): 27150 High, 54290 Normal
    • SD: 2GB(640 x 480/640 x 360): 13820 High, 27640 Normal, 1GB(640 x 480/640 x 360): 6790 High, 13580 Normal
  • Counter: Yes
  • Wind Noise Reduction:
  • Remaining Indication: Yes
  • Pre-Rec Function: No
  • Intelligent Contrast Control: Yes
  • One-Touch Navigation: Yes
  • Help Mode: Yes
  • Disc Copy Function: Yes (when using a DVD Burner (VW-BN1), data from SD Memory Card can be copied to a 12-cm DVD Disc)
  • USB Host Function: Yes

SD Card Features

  • Built-in SD Slot: Yes (SD/SDHC)
  • DPOF: Max. 999 stills
  • PictBridge Compatible: Yes

Jacks

  • S-Video Out: No
  • USB: Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)(mini AB)
  • Analog In/Out: Out only
  • Accessory Shoe: No
  • AV: Out

Included Accerrories

  • AC Adaptor: Yes
  • Battery Pack: Lithium-Ion
  • Video Component Cable: Yes
  • AV Cable: Yes
  • USB Cable: Yes
  • IR Remote: No
  • Lens Cap: Built-In Lens Cover
  • Software: VideoCam Suite 1.0
  • Other Cables: AC/DC Cables

General

  • Power Supply: DC 7.2/9.3 V
  • Power Consumption: 4.0W

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.76"
  • Width: 2.64"
  • Depth: 4.57"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.75 lbs
  • Shipping: 3 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor Limited Warranty
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Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder
 
3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Convenient (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Inexpensive (5)

Cons

  • Did not meet expectations (5)
  • Poor documentation (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice for a Beginner

    If you are like me and have not used a movie camera in a long-time, this is a nice piece of equipment. It is very easy to use. Fits nice in your hand...Read complete review

    If you are like me and have not used a movie camera in a long-time, this is a nice piece of equipment. It is very easy to use. Fits nice in your hand even in a small hand like my wifes. The color balance is not terrific. We have used it twice for our childrens band concerts in the school gym. Maybe wasthe lighting, but the red curtains came out orangy in playback. Even after I used the Auto button. Sound quality is very good. No light in camera? Needs a light for low lighting.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    DON'T BUY STAY AWAY

    This Video camera is just alright. I would not recommend it and I am going to return it. If you want to use iMovie or Windows Movie Maker you don't want this camera as...Read complete review

    This Video camera is just alright. I would not recommend it and I am going to return it. If you want to use iMovie or Windows Movie Maker you don't want this camera as you will have to covert your video then import it to edit it (this is not easy). iMovie does not support mpg and Windows Media Player says it supports it but it did not play the video or audio. So at this point the camera is useless as the only way to edit is the include software that is not very good. It does not let you export the video to another format. IF all you don't plan on editing the video it is easy to use and works well, but if you want to edit your videos then STAY AWAY.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Can't download to the computer

    By 

    from CO

    Pros

      Cons

      • Did not meet expectations

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

        I installed the program VideoCam Suite only to discover that I cannot get the video to download to my computers. This is very disappointing. User manual, page 86, 6th bullet point excludes Vista Business. My other lap top is Vista Home edition, but it is 64 bit which also is excluded. Thus, 2 relatively new and standard laptops that are rendered impossible at this time for use with the required software for downloading the video from this SDR-H40P. Beyond this situation, it's a great camera which I would highly recommend. Just wish I could get the video footage into my computer!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        poor software, Excelent camera

        By 

        from DL, Minnesota

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Durable
        • Easy to use

        Cons

        • slow software
        • still shots are blurry

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

          For an ameture Cameraman like myself, it is a great camera to use. uber simple, great quality, and has every thing I need. i bought this camera for mainly one reason, and that was Snowmobile Videos. It runs great even in -20 temps (i doubt its supposed to, but I did it). the software is junk; too slow and really difficult, but ive pushed past that just draging and dropping clips from "MY Computer" and into "MY Videos" and then into an editor. Overall, great Camera

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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice for a Beginner

          By 

          from La Grange, IL

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Convenient
          • Easy to use
          • Inexpensive
          • sound qualit is very good.

          Cons

          • can not seem to copy to cd.
          • Did not meet expectations
          • No back light
          • Poor Documentation
          • software difficult to use!

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

            If you are like me and have not used a movie camera in a long-time, this is a nice piece of equipment. It is very easy to use. Fits nice in your hand even in a small hand like my wifes. The color balance is not terrific. We have used it twice for our childrens band concerts in the school gym. Maybe wasthe lighting, but the red curtains came out orangy in playback. Even after I used the Auto button. Sound quality is very good. No light in camera? Needs a light for low lighting.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            easy to use. until ..........

            By 

            from Nashville, TN

            Pros

              Cons

              • Did not meet expectations
              • Poor Documentation

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                easy to use until you want to burn discs. The "older, cheaper" digital cameras that I've owned have had a user friendly way to burn on to cd-r's or dvd-r's. Not so with this camera system. Not only is the software a little slow but there is absolutely no "burn" option on the menu. VERY disappointed with this purchase

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great camera!

                By 

                from Harrisburg, PA

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Convenient
                • Durable
                • Easy to use
                • Exceeded expectations

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                    I bought this camera about 7 months ago & have already used it at many family get-togethers & such. It takes GREAT pictures & has some pretty neat features, AND it's small enough to carry in my purse (and I am not the type of person to buy those huge honkin purses :).I really like the incredible zoom feature. I used it to get to some great pictures of animals from a far distance. It also takes very good pictures while driving/moving at fast speeds. I recently got a good photo while my sister was driving and the result was, it looked like I was standing still taking the picture. It picks up sound really well while you are videotaping I've called their customer service center a couple times now (when I was learning how to transfer pictures to a computer and such) and they were very helpful and courteous people (and it doesn't take long to get a real person!). All-in-all it's a really good camera. :)

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                    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Camera and seamless with iMovie!

                    By 

                    from La Selva Beach, CA

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Convenient
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to use
                    • Exceeded expectations
                    • Inexpensive
                    • seamless with imovie!

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                        I just brought this camcorder home about an hour ago. I don't know why other reviewers said that this camera isn't compatible with mac. I plugged the usb and opened my iMovie program, clicked on the video camera icon and voila!!!! There was my recording, ready to be imported and then edited to my hearts delight! And it looked and sounded great! I am new to this camera so I am still learning about all of it's features, but my biggest concern was the compatibility with mac...and without having to do anything but plug it into the usb port and opening it up in iMovie, I have NO IDEA why anyone could say that it isn't.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Buyers Remorse

                        By 

                        from Columbus, OH

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to use

                        Cons

                        • Did not meet expectations
                        • Poor quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                          This seemed like a good purchase at the time, but I've done nothing but run into problems since I've bought it. From how this unit recharges the batter and you can't use the unit plugged in while charging, to you can't connect via USB and download the videos off the unit without it being connected to charger/power unit. Now I'm finding after reinstalling xp on my laptop, the video app doesn't support the xp service pack level (which is the latest release from microsoft). I just used this on my Disney trip and had several problems with the Focus not working or keeping up with the zooming in or out of things. Also had some issues with capturing images in focus when it got dark out. For the $$$ spent on the unit, I'm just not happy with the unit.

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                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome Camera for the price!

                          By 

                          from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Convenient
                          • Easy to use
                          • Exceeded expectations
                          • Inexpensive

                          Cons

                          • missing a couple minor features
                          • no firewire just usb

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                            I run a local community video magazine on the internet. In a bind to replace one of my cameras, I found an awesome price on this camera and took a chance! SUPER easy to use. Better quality than my MiniDV cameras. Ultra light! Love it, love it, love it!

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                            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Not For Mac's

                            By 

                            from Undisclosed

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Did not meet expectations
                              • Expensive
                              • Not for mac
                              • Poor Documentation

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                                Bought this camera to record my son's music shows. Hard drive kept shutting off when close to the PA speakers. Box says compatible with MAC, but only for still photo's, not for video.

                                Comment on this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Love this Camera!

                                By 

                                from Elk Grove, California

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to use

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Panasonic 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder:

                                  The capacity & quality of this camera is awesome. I've used this for personal use, for work & for my own personal small business use. The videos are great quality & turn up great on DVD copies as well as on YouTube!! I've owned this for just about a year. I'm on here now to get data & specs for my employer to purchase one! I never thought to add a review until now!

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