Panasonic HDC-SD9EB-S HD Camcorder £340.92 @ Amazon UK inc. 8gb SD Card - HotUKDeals
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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
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I paid £360 for this a few months ago ... its a serious piece of kit!!

Def recommended!
would anyone recommend this over Sony TG3?
I paid £380 after quidco from qvc for the 60 gig hard drive version and it is a great camera, I don't know if it is worth paying extra for the hard drive but I thought it was a good feature but I can easily get by with an 8gb sd card.

Well worth the money.

I am sure there is a cash back website that gives you money back on amazon as well.
Pay the extra and get the canon HF100

It's a much better camera
Pay the extra and get the canon HF100

It's a much better camera

Are you sure its much better or do you just own one?

From what I have read the Panny seems easily as good.
I got this camera recently from amazon (359 then) and it's a belter and I found that the £5 camcorder bag from marks and spencer (yes I was shcoked too) was perfect for it -
oh and don't forget they give a free acticity day wiith this too and you can collect ipionts
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Are you sure its much better or do you just own one?

From what I have read the Panny seems easily as good.

No, I don't own either. Just researched them both and compared them side by side. Each to their own though
from all the research on both the canon and panasonic the canon wins by quite a bit, unless you plan on only using it outdoors. As the Panasonic produced alot more noise in darker areas than the canon, with cashback the canon can be had for just over £400
If you look on the Amazon reviews there is a guy that was hell bent on getting the Canon until he tried them both side by seide and took the results home... is a good read
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Here it is - and the Canon deal has actually expired now hasn't it?

Good review on Amazon from someone who compared this against the Canon mentioned above...

95 of 96 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars HDCSD9 Vs Canon, 6 Jul 2008
By P. Bailey "peterbailey" (uk) - See all my reviews
I read many reviews and spent days wondering what to buy finally I went to a high street store and asked them to charge up the panasonic sd9 and the canon hf10. I took footage inside and out. At this moment I was somewhat obsessive about the Canon ie its quality and all the rave reviews. Imagine my surprise when I got home and looked at the footage via my ps3. The panasonic footage was much more stable and much more true to life vivid colours. This might be that the Canon was incorrectly set but both were on auto so to me thats an equal footing.

I took the plunge as to my surprise Amazon were now offering the unit at 400 pounds with an 8gb panasonic sdhc card so in effect the real price of the camera was at 360. Now for this price you cannot get a high definition
camcorder in this league.

Having taken much footage now, the path to avchd recording has not been so bad. I have an Sony AR61 that has a card reader and hd writer installed fine on Vista premium. The software is not perfect but within a small time I was able to edit avchd footage on a dual core laptop.

I use via ps3 as this can handle the avchd format directly and i see no point in converting a hidef avchd footage into an mpeg 2 for a dvd.

The resultant footage is excellent with the panasonic and I would urge you not to dismiss this unit over the Canon. If you want simplicity of use with excellent results then this is the perfect machine. OK yes the Canon is a remarkable piece of equipment but look at its price and ok quality of image can be subjective hence my advice to try. I see it this way I now have full HD recording at an amazing Amazon price. I can now wait for a year at which point the HF10 would have halved in price and then get that too, effectively owning the Panasonic and Canon at the same price as the canon is now.

The Panasonic is a well made machine and I suspect the reviews are all leaning to the Canon from video experts. If like me you have the normal two kids and a wife that is not so technical then the forego all the fancy buttons and get the Panasonic.

The images are truely stunning and yes in low light the images get grainy as all cameras do in low light conditions but it has to be really dark to the point where you wouldnt take footage anyway.

So do it. The money you save will buy you the Sony PS3 that you can use as a hub to show your footage from a standard usb stick. This way your Full HDTV can be used to its full potential.

You might ask why not 5 stars well this was not because of price or quality but because they give no mini hdmi to hdmi lead cable or a case for the device or even an sdhc card as standard.

If like me you already have the TV hdmi slots taken up in the cable run then go via the ps3 however if you want to connect the camera to the tv then get a mini hdmi to hdmi converter and plug it into the end of an existing hdmi cable as these are only 6 pounds.
anyone got any codes for amazon to get this cheaper. this is the exact model i am about to buy, jsut trying to source it for cheap as poss :) pity amazon dont do quidco .... humbug !
I think amazon are on nectar if you have signed up for that, so there might be some points to be had there, or possibly ipoints
Bought this and returned it. Outside pictures are great. Inside they are utterly *****.
Bought this and returned it. Outside pictures are great. Inside they are utterly *****.

Not sure why I have one of these and the indoor pictures are good, not as good as natural light, but that is to be expected.
Not showing as 340.92 on Amazon currently (9/12/08), especially with 8Gb card.
Am I missing something, or has deal changed?
Not sure why I have one of these and the indoor pictures are good, not as good as natural light, but that is to be expected.

I find the pictures very misty and it pics up almost what seems light spots in air as it tries to focus. Not much cop IMO.

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