This comes down in price at Amazon each time I look and was a bargain at £400 only about 2 months back! At £340 this offers superb value!!
The HDC-SD9 offers full-HD 1920 x 1080 progressive recording (25 frames per second) to capture images with a richness and beauty simply not possible with previous consumer camcorders. Users can record motion images with the kind of film-like quality enjoyed in movies at the cinema. Even though there is a natural conflict between high image quality and a high compression ratio, the 17-Mbps bit rate of the HDC-SD9 gives superb image quality and motion response, while its high compression ratio enables one full hour of recording onto a 4-GB SD Memory Card (in HX mode) at full-HD resolution. The model also introduces such features as Face Detection and the Intelligent Shooting Guide, which make it easier to capture mistake-free shots. It also offers Panasonic's original 3CCD camera system, Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), and a Leica Dicomar lens - three technologies that team up to deliver full-HD images of exquisite beauty. Viewed on today's high-quality large-screen TVs, video clips shot with the HDC-SD9 are simply breathtaking, with vivid coloring, intricate detail and exceptional clarity.
Highlights of the Panasonic HDC-SD9EB-S SD Hybrid Camcorder - Silver
* 1920 x 1080 progressive (25 fps) full-HD recording
* Digital cinema color mode
* Face detection
* Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
* 3CCD camera system
* Leica dicomar lens
* HD crystal engine
* New codec LSI
* 5-microphone, advanced 5.1-channel surround sound
* Intelligent contrast control
* Wide viewing angle LCD monitor