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Panasonic HDC-SD40

Panasonic HDC-SD40
alaScore 85

130 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analysed 8 expert reviews and 122 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 68/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is Mar 22, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 375221 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 85/100 = Very good. Last update: Aug 15, 2018.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic HDC-SD40


Panasonic's HDC-SD40 packs a wealth of features into a tiny chassis, for a reasonable price.

Comprehensive manual settings, Optical image stabilisation, Built-in LED video light

CMOS doesn't have Full HD resolution, Optical zoom smaller than some competitors, No built-in memory

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Panasonic HDC 40 review


Like their cheap competitors from Sony and Canon, Panasonic's budget-priced HDR-SD40, TM40 and TM41 are only nominally high-definition; where HD requires a minimum of 2.07-megapixel resolution, these and their ilk use lower-resolution sensors and...

They're compact and have manual controls, a zoom lens, and a video light, which is nice for the price of the Panasonic HDC-SD40, TM40 and TM41 .

When it comes to video quality, you're getting what you pay for.

Panasonic's HDC-TM40, TM41 and SD40 are some of the cheapest camcorders you can buy with a zoom lens and manual controls. If you care about video quality, spend a little more money on another model; if you don't, buy the cheapest one of these you can...

Oct, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD40


Der Panasonic HDC-SD40 ist ein HD-Camcorder mit Speicherkarte (ein Steck­platz). Klassische läng­liche Bauform (horizon­taler Camcorder). Günstig. Liefert passable Videos (Note: 2,8). Braucht viel Licht. Sehr guter Auto­fokus.

Qualitäts­urteil: befriedigend (2,8) ; Video: befriedigend (2,8) ; Foto: befriedigend (2,9) ; Ton: befriedigend (3,0) ; Hand­habung: befriedigend (2,8) ; Akku­lauf­zeit: sehr gut (1,4) ; Vielseitig­keit: befriedigend (3,3)

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Schnell-Test: Panasonic HDC-SD40


Der Panasonic HDC-SD40 prädestiniert sich für Gelegenheitsfilmer, die Prioritäten auf die Bildqualität legen und einen Camcorder mit sehr kompakten Abmessungen und einem geringen Gewicht für ihr Hobby benutzen möchten. Mit dem Panasonic HDC-SD40 können...

May, 2011

Expert review by : M. Ludwig & S. Heinzer (

Test: Panasonic HDC-SD40 (HD-Camcorder)


Handlich und mitnahmetauglich hat Panasonic den HDC-SD40 gestaltet. Im aufnahmebereiten Zustand wiegt der Camcorder nur etwa 210 Gramm. Dabei bietet er ein Zoom-Objektiv mit 16,8facher Vergrößerung und wirkungsvollem Bildstabilisator. Allerdings hätte...

Überzeugender Bildstabilisator ; Klein und handlich

Bildqualität bei Schwachlicht

Für weniger als 300 Euro bietet Panasonic mit dem HDC-SD40 einen vollwertigen HD-Camcorder. Großer Zoom, Full-HD-Auflösung und ein schwenkbares Display – alles drin, was man zum Filmen braucht. Und auch im Test überzeugt das Camcorder-Schnäppchen.

Apr, 2011

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Panasonic HDC-SD40


Szybkie dostosowanie się do zmiany ogniskowej, dobry autofokus i stabilizacja, spory zoom

Wąski kąt widzenia obiektywu, Ręczny mechanizm zasłaniania obiektywu

Model Panasonic HDC-SD40 łączy w sobie całkiem niezłe możliwości z bardzo przyzwoitą ceną. Doceniam spory zakres ogniskowej, dobry stabilizator obrazu i autofokus. Panasonic HDC-SD40 jest modelem godnym polecenia. Osobiście jednak wolałbym dołożyć 200...

Feb, 2012

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Panasonic HDC-SD40


To jedna z najtańszych markowych kamer wideo na rynku. Producent też reklamuje model SD40 jako jedną z najlżejszych kamer wideo na świecie. Podaje nawet wagę: 169g! Sprawdziliśmy - kamera naprawdę tyle waży, z tym że... bez akumulatora. Co komu po...

Feb, 2012

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Panasonic HDC-SD40


Panasonic HDC-SD40 è una videocamera compatta con sistema # POWER O.I.S per la stabilizzazione ottica, riconoscimento facciale e salvataggio delle riprese su schede di tipo SDXC,SDHC oppure SD, il tutto in un peso di soli 169 grammi

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (

Great entry level or family pictures camcorder


Has most of the bells and whistles - decent optical zoom (17x); screen can flip 180; takes snapshots;has an HDMI, mini USB port and AV Multi port; Dolby Sound; fits in palm of hand; picture is not HD quality but I don't think it's bad (analog TV...

Has most of the bells and whistles - decent optical zoom (17x); screen can flip 180; takes snapshots;has an HDMI, mini USB port and AV Multi port;

Average "family snapshot" quality picture

May, 2016

Consumer review (

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7


Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7, very good night shot with IR and the price is low for this camera!

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7, very good night shot with IR and the price is low for this camera!

Is good video quality, true colors, good lux/3.7, very good night shot with IR and the price is low for this camera!

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.6


3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1 / 7
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, NOR, POL, SWE, TUR


Colour of product:Black / White
LED indicators: Yes


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):230400
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.19
Effective megapixels (movie):1.19 / 11.9
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:1.5

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 721
Focal length range (f-f):2.9 - 48.7
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:16.8

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens focal range:F1.8 - 2.6
Lens system:Panasonic
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Power requirements:AC/DC, 3.6 - 5.0 V / AC/DC, 3.6/5.0 V
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer LE 1.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/25
Shutter speed (video):1/30-1/8000 / 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i / 1080p
Video formats supported:H.264, MPEG4


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.74 / 5.75

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Manual / Auto, Cloudy, Sunny