The Good Full set of manual controls; EVF.
The Bad Middling video quality; some annoying design quirks.
The Bottom Line Though it has a nice feature set for the price, the Panasonic HDC-SD100 doesn't deliver the quality of video you expect from an HD camcorder in its price segment.
Panasonic wisely halved the price of its formerly top-of-the-line twin AVCHD camcorders, the flash-based HDC-SD100 and hard-drive-based HDC-HS100, after they'd only been on the market for about six months. Though they provide a decent manual feature set and a trio of CMOS chips, they simply don't deliver the video quality you expect from models that cost over $1,000. Even at their lower, sub-$600 prices, they still have trouble competing.
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