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Panasonic HDC-SD1 - 3CCD High-definition SD Camcorder w/ OIS and 12x Optical Zoom

Item # PNHDCSD1 (Part # HDCSD1)
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Discontinued Brand new, USA Warranty
Item Description:
O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)Suppresses hand shake in both motion and still pictures Panasonic's O.I.S. minimises the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots.



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3CCD Camera System - 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.

O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Suppresses hand shake in both motion and still pictures
Panasonic's O.I.S. minimises 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 camcorder is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures.

Leica Dicomar Lens - Superior Leica certified image quality
AG of Germany is the manufacturer of fine cameras and lenses favored by photographers everywhere. The Leica Dicomar lens featured in the camcorder was developed specifically for digital video cameras, 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"

HD Advanced Pure Color Engine - 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.

5.1 Channel Surround Sound - 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 cinema system, the resulting sound is incredibly lifelike. Also, when zooming in on a subject, the sound also focuses on the area right around the subject.

12x Optocal Zoom - Pull distant subjects right up close
Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures.

Tele-Macro - Sharp focusing even up close
Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm 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.

High-Picture-Quality Wide 3.0" LCD - Shoot wide, view wide
This model offers the High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode, which produces 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. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide.

Focus Assist - Shoot wide, view wide
This function enlarges the center of the image, making it easier for you to get a clear, sharp shot when focusing manually.

Composition Guidelines - Support you best composition
With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The HDC-DX1 / HDC-SD1 solves this by displaying horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level.

1.7 Sec. Quick Start  - Never miss those sudden shooting opportunities
This Quick Start mode helps shoot videos on the spur of the moment. This mode lets you shoot those not-to-be-missed scenes just 1.7 sec from the time the power is turned on.

HF/HN/HE Mode - Select the recording mode to match your needs

SD Card Size HF (13Mps/CBR) HN (9Mps/VBR) HE(6Mps/CBR)
4 Gigabytes 40 min. 60 min. 90 min.
2 Gigabytes 20 min. 30 min. 45 min.
1 Gigabytes 10 min. 15 min. 22 min.
512 Megabytes 5 min. 7 min. 10 min.
256 Megabytes 2 min. 3 min. 5 min.

Simultaneous Motion Video & Still Picture Recording - Take beautiful stills without switching cameras
The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.

One -Touch Navigation & Joystick Control - Easy Operation
The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.

Quick Search & Access with Thumbnail View - Index screen for simple searching
The camera's LCD screen displays a list of the recorded scenes for quick and easy searching. An index tab lets you switch between motion and still image thumbnails for fast retrieval of specific scenes. You can also do some polished editing using only the camera.

Instant ON/OFF - Power ON/OFF linked to LCD and EVF operation
Instant On / Off reduces the time required for operating the camera. When you open the LCD, the power turns on. Shut it and the power turns off. Pull out the viewfinder and the power turns on. Put it back and the power turns off.

AGS - Auto Ground - Direction Standby
The O.I.S. linear motor system can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and disc space.   

MagicPix/High 6 Lux Sensitivity - PCapture crisp, vivid images even in low lighting

MagicPix for shooting in dim light.
MagicPix gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places, where it's normally difficult to capture good shots.

High 6 Lux Sensitivity for sharp, clear images even in dim lighting.
The pixels are more than twice the ordinary size, so you can shoot in light as low as 6 lux. You get natural-looking shots even in dim rooms or at dusk.

Auto Lens Cover - No more lost lens caps
When the power is turned on, the lens cover automatically opens. When the power goes off, the lens cover closes. You don't have to keep removing and replacing a lens cap - or worry about losing it.

East Connecting, Easy Viewing - Easy viewing on TV
Just connect your camcorder to an HDTV and you're ready for high-definition viewing. If your TV is HDMI* compatible, a single HDMI cable is all you need. When using a Viera TV, you can also operate the camcorder with the Viera remote control for even easier viewing.

Using a BD (Blu-ray Disc) player [for DVD]
Simply take the DVD disc from the camera and slip it in the BD player. There are no cables to connect. It?s that easy.

Included software - Archiving on DVD
The included software HD writer Ver 1.0E lets you burn images from an SD/SDHC Memory Card to a DVD disc. Just download the images from the memory card to a PC, then follow the software instructions. When finished, you can use the DVD disc right away in a Blu-ray Disc player.



Power Supply DC 9.3 V / 7.2 V
Power Consumption 8.0W
Weight (w/o Battery) 430 g
Dimensions (W x H x D) 74.1 x 67 x 137 mm


Image Sensor 1/4" CCD x 3 (560 k x 3 pixels, Total / 520 k x 3 [16:9] (Motion Picture / Still Picture) Effective)
F Value F 1.8 (wide) / 2.8 (tele)
Optical Zoom 12x Variable Speed Zoom
Focal Length 4.0 - 48.0 mm
Filter Diameter 43 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent 38.5 - 462 mm [16:9] (Motion Picture / Still Picture)
Lens Brand Leica Dicomar


Minimum Illumination 2 Lux (MagicPix)
Focus AF / Manual
White Balance Auto / White Set / Indoor / Outdoor (with IR Sensor)
High-Speed Shutter 1/60 - 1/8000 (Motion Picture), 1/60-1/8000 (Still Picture)
Iris Auto / Manual
Backlight Compensation Yes
Monitor 3.0" Wide LCD (250 k pixels)
OSD Language English / Canadian French / Spanish
Flash 1m-2.5m (approx.)
Microphone Stereo 5ECM, 5.1-ch Surround Sound, Zoom Mic, Wind Noise Reduction
Date recording Auto Date ( in Data Code)
Image Stabilizer O.I.S.
Digital Zoom 30 x - 700 x 
Self Timer Yes (10sec. / 2sec. / OFF) (Only Photo)


Card Slot SD / SDHC
Still Pictures JPEG Picture size: [16:9] 1920 x 1080 2.1MEGA
DPOF Max. 999stills
PictBridge Yes


Moving Picture
Recording Format
Recording Time HF: 40 min. / HN: 60 min. / HE: 90 min. (w / 4GB SDHC Memory Card)
Recording Mode HF / HN / HE HF: 13 Mbps / CBR, HN: 9 Mbps / VBR, HE: 6 Mbps / VBR
Audio Recording Format Dolby Digital (AC3) / 5.1ch or 2ch
Thumbnail Display 8 Scenes / Page


AV Out
Microphone (Stereo mini) Yes (in)
USB 2.0 High Speed (mini B)
Component Video Out


AC Adaptor Yes
AC Cable Yes
DC Cable Yes
Battery Pack Lithium-Ion
Component Video Cable Yes
AV Cable AV Multi
IR Remote Yes
PC Cable USB
SDHC Memory Card 4GB
CD-ROM HD Writer Ver 1.0E for SD1

Note: The supplied software is not compatible with Macintosh Operating Systems.

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