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Panasonic HDC-SD600 - Performance and Verdict

By James Morris

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Panasonic is now the only manufacturer left taking the three-chip approach with its consumer camcorders, and the SD600's video performance shows that this is still a very valid strategy. Despite each 1/4in sensor being quite a bit smaller than those inside most high-end HD camcorders these days, having three of them means that the SD600 can compete with the best single-chipper in every condition.Panasonic HDC-SD600 side

In bright, sunny environments, there is a good level of detail in both well-lit and shadowy areas. Colours are faithful and well saturated without becoming unrealistic. As illumination drops, the SD600 manages to maintain colour and avoid noise. The image is a little dark, but very sharp.

Verdict

Without the comprehensive enthusiast features of the HDC-TM700, the Panasonic HDC-SD600 is not quite so easy to recommend unequivocally. However, it is significantly cheaper than the flagship model in compensation - as much as £200 cheaper from some vendors. For those who want dependable, top quality in the widest range of conditions but are unlikely to fiddle with manual settings regularly, the SD600 could be an economy worth making.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 8

mobsta007

August 27, 2010, 2:44 am

Hi thanks for the great review. I am deciding between a new HD camcoder. 1st one I have every bought and am not a professional at all. I am looking at the Panasonic SD60 which gets 9/10 on your reviews and the SD600 which gets 8/10 on your reviews. Does this really mean that the SD60 is better than the SD600? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Malcolm McDonald

December 2, 2010, 11:00 pm

I am so disappointed with this camcorder, so many glowing reviews but after having it for five weeks and digging into it's features i feel the detail levels are not real, by that i mean edge sharpening is being applied to give an illusion of sharp detail, unfortunately this edge sharpening which i will call edge enhancement adds some halo's around images whenever a dark object is in front of a white background.





Edge enhancement is the trick they used to use to make DVD movies seem sharper than they really were, the brain is fooled into believing there is fine detail present on smaller screens, i view at 104 inches using a full 1920x1080p projector and edge halo's tend to stick out like a sore thumb, i tried setting sharpness to -1 then all the way down to -5 but the edge enhancement is still there and at lower settings detail is poor with far too much softness.





I am just so very disappointed to have to write this review but edge sharpening is not real detail, it's false and it's also very ugly to view.





I wish i could get my money back but it's been five weeks now and thus i cannot return it,i also have to wonder if all camcorders claiming to be high definition within this price range are in fact edge enhanced, i hope the reviewer can re-visit the camcorder and look closely at this, if he did i believe the score would be lowered to 4/10 or less.

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