Panasonic HDC-SD90

Panasonic has come out with the new HDC-SD90 camcorder that produces pictures and sound with crystal clear clarity in full high-definition 1920 x 1080p video to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. It is one of Panasonics models for 2011 that has both 2D and 3D video capture capability.

This HDC-SD90 combines 28mm wide-angle and 40x Intelligent Zoom providing high resolution recording with pin-sharp images. This Panasonic camcorder creates recordings that are sure to satisfy your video recording needs. With its f1.8 Leica Dicomar lens, the HDC-SD90 presents pin-sharp images that are sure to satisfy you and your family. This lens is a nice touch as a standard feature on this mid-priced camera. The Leica Dicomar lenses are also found on the high-end Panasonic cameras 3MOS cameras (HDC-xx700 and HDC-SD600 models.) Additionally, the lens comes with a wide-angle equivalent that is 28mm wide allowing the photographer to capture more into the frame without moving too far away from the subject.

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Panasonic HDC-SD90 3D Camcorder

Comparing the Panasonic HDC-SD90 to the HDC-HS900

How different is the Panasonic HDC-SD90 from HDC-HS900? Let’s find out.

One big difference between the high-end HDC-HS900 and the mid-range HDC-SD90 is the amount of on-board storage available. The HS900 model can be purchased with a 220GB hard disc drive and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; without the hard disc drive, but with 32GB of internal memory and memory cards; or just with memory cards.

Both the 900 Series and the HDC-SD90 showcase a HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) system that helps in stabilizing the image during still shots or video recording. For example, if you are photographing two people giving a handshake, the blurring movement is rectified with the help of the powerful image stabilization system. You’ll really appreciate this feature if in your past video recordings the images were blurred because your hand shook a bit or your arm flinched during a recording.

Additionally, both of these camcorders are capable of 3D image recording, which allows you to shoot videos and pictures with amazing clarity.

The HDC-HS900 has the Advanced 3MOS System while the SD90 is a single MOS system. Even without the 3MOS the camera still packs a wallop for creating fantastic high definition movies.

The HDC-HS900 has a larger 3.5 inch LCD touch screen while the HDC-SD90’s is 3.0 inches.

Ergonomics

The HDC-SD90 camcorder is a camera for people who are looking for a camcorder that can produce stunning videos in 3D and 2D high definition, with a price in mind closer to $550 than the $1,000 or more for the higher end SD900 model. The LCD screen enables you to review each photograph in detail and the touch screen allows you to choose various options with just a finger touch. Additionally, the SD90 menus can be controlled from the LCD screen itself, such as various photo modes and recording features. When you place the Panasonic HDC-SD90 in Still Picture Recording mode, you can capture 5megapixel still pictures that retain their detail even after they are enlarged.

Unlike many of the tiny camcorders which are fashionably tiny and light, yet hard to steady without a tripod, the HDC-SD90 is a camcorder that feels solid in your hand and is easily controllable. While it is larger than the smaller flip-style camcorders, it is comfortable to use for long periods without your hand getting weary holding it. Of course, always use the right-hand strap to help you keep a firm grip on the camera.

When you are ready to view your 3D recording, just hook it up to your Panasonic VIERA 3D TV or another model that uses the side-by-side method. The SD90 comes with a HDMI mini cable to connect the to a VIERA TV or compatible Blue-ray player/viewer. You can also use the VIERA Image Viewer by slipping the SD memory card from your SD90 into the VIERA TV’s Image Viewer card slot.

The camcorder comes in one color, black.

Picture Quality

Panasonic’s HDC-SD90 provides high-definition movie quality using the 28-mm wide-angle lens, 40x zoom or normal strengths. It supports high resolution 1920 x 1080 progressive recording in 3D, as well as in 2D video to the internal SD flash memory cards. One point worth noting for the 3D fans is that you have to use another conversion lens and clip, the VW-CLT1, to record your 3D videos.

If you’ve struggled to fit groups into your camera focus frame during family events then you’ll appreciate the 28mm wide-angle lens on the Panasonic HDC-SD90. This feature enables you to fit more subjects into the frame without the need to move further away from them. The result is that you get high quality and perfectly clear wide-angle shots.

A single 1/4.1″ 3.32megapixel CMOS sensor and Panasonic’s Crystal Engine PRO processor work together to produce your HD images with the detail that is only achieved with progressive recording. Enough cannot be said about the Intelligent Zoom combined with the Hybrid O.I.S. The Intelligent Zoom feature means you can get those high zoom rates without degrading the quality of your video. You can zoom to 40x while the O.I.S performs image stabilization that erases any blurring that might occur while you are panning and zooming. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges. If only Panasonic would invent a tool to erase all the blurs caused by shaky hands that are stored forever in our older videos!

Sound Quality

The HDC-SD90 offers excellent audio recordings with help from the Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller features. The surrounding sounds and dialog is recorded smoothly and clearly by the camcorder even when your subject matter is far away. The Zoom Mic is tied to the zoom function to capture the sounds during zooming. The Wind Noise Canceller is just that, a function that negates unwanted wind noises during a recording session.

Pros

• High definition 1920 x 1080p video at a most affordable price. The SD90 camcorder is expected to be around $450-$550 less than Panasonic 3MOS 3D high definition models.
• Panasonic’s O.I.S. is probably the most impressive technology around for helping the photographer capture great videos while zooming or panning.
• Amazing 40x ultra-telephoto capabilities far exceed the lower end Panasonic camcorders, yet nearly equals the high-end series.
• 3D capability when you purchase the optional VW-CLT1 and clip.

Cons

• The camcorder is capable of 3D movies, but this requires you to buy 3D conversion lens–the Panasonic VW-CLT1 and a ring clip to fix it to your camera lens.
• You need to have a 3D HD-ready TV to watch your 3D recordings on a television.
• There is no internal memory for fast capture of videos so you have to have SD memory cards available.

Bottom Line

The Panasonic HDC-SD90 camcorder is a sweet tool that provides you with impressive film making features and options. The footage you that you create with your Panasonic HDC-SD90, whether in 2D or 3D, will look colorful and lifelike when you show it to your friends and family on your HDTV. In fact, they may ask you to replay scenes over and over, stop on certain images, and upload them to your Facebook page. All this and more are easy to do using the mighty HDC-SD90 camcorder from Panasonic. If you are planning to shoot a movie on a low budget, then you might as well opt for this camcorder!

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