Panasonic HDC-SD100 specs

By James Morris


Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Lens Features
Digital Zoom 30x
Video Recording
Video Capture Format AVCHD
Max Video Res 1920 x 1080
Minimum Lux Rating 1 lux
Image Stabilisation Optical
General Features
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Image Processor
Image Sensor Quantity 3
Image Sensor Size 0.16"


September 1, 2008, 2:19 am

Man! If this had slow mo recording function (hi fps recording) this would be the perfect replacement for my Sony HDR-HC3E. Does anybody know if there is such a ideal camcorder around or about to make an appearance.

Martin Briley

September 2, 2008, 2:13 am

You didn't address one of the primary questions any camcorder buyer should be asking: Does this thing shoot real progressive images?

Nobody but NOBODY should be shooting interlaced video anymore. And people need to be aware of half-assed, fake "cinema" modes that are not true progressive.


September 13, 2008, 11:17 pm

The storage of the videostream (according their user manual) is always in 50i mode (2:2 pulldown), the video itself is progressive.

James Morris

September 15, 2008, 2:00 pm

This is pretty common. All HD-capable software understands 50i, but far fewer apps can do 25p yet. So a lot of camcorders store 25p in a 50i bitstream, for wider compatibility. Otherwise, the camcorder will need a special mode supported in the software.


December 15, 2008, 2:44 am

Can anybody tell me how can Panasonic shot full progressive HD if they only have 3x610K (520K effective)pixels? For full HD at least you need 1920x1080=2073600 pixels.


December 17, 2008, 5:48 pm

Panasonic needs 3 chips (520k effective pixels) for 3 colours. For size transfering Panasonic needs one row of pixels more and one column more ... For better imaging: every time for one frame is divided into 4 periods: in the first period the data are transmitted into the memory matrix (cells: 1,3,5,...), during second period there is one row shifting in the chip and data are transmitted into the memory matrix (cells: 2,4,6,..), in the third and fourth period it became the same action but with column ... So it is created one image with 1920*1080 size from only 4*520k size... in time of one frame.


December 30, 2008, 11:57 pm

How does the SD100 compare to the Canon HF11??? Of course the Canon HF11 has the 32GB internal memory on top of allowing you to add more memory with an SD card.

But over all, which one has the BEST set of features/quality?



December 31, 2008, 12:01 am

Also, I forgot to ask... does it have the 24p (cinema mode) that the Canon HF11 has? Would the 32GB storage that the Canon HF11 has be a VERY important factor that would make me want to buy it instead of the Panasonic SD100?

James Morris

February 17, 2009, 4:13 am

Better late than never... the HF11 has the best image quality, but the SD100 has the best manual features.


May 1, 2010, 9:26 pm

I want to buy this camcorder, but I have to ask something important for me first...

I own an old and small, but trustworthy, sony mini-dv, but I don't want to buy cassettes all the time!

I usually film live concerts with vivid and sometimes strobe lights and I use the wide/tele option all the time!

When using a sony with hard-disk instead, my filming was interrupted all the time (catastrophic, it was a disaster)... disk consistency, overflow (or something like that anyway, the camera wasn't mine, I had borrowed it, so to hell with it) etc. ...

Would I have the same troubles by shooting on HD, having to use Flash Memory?

Should I buy a High-Speed SD Flash Memory with it or it's unnecessary?

Thank you all!

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