The HDC-SD40 is Panasonic's entry-level 1MOS camcorder. So it has many more manual features and - most importantly - a 16.8x optical zoom, which no pocket Internet model can boast. Image quality is reasonable for the price, and there's even a Power OIS optical image stabilisation system, to keep things steady when shooting handheld. The SD40 is not the absolute best budget deal on the market, but it provides the most manual settings at this price.
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