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Panasonic HDC-SD40 High Definition Camcorder, 1920 x 1080p HD, 2.7in LCD Display, 16.8x Zoom Lens, Black

SKU: US 662843
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The Panasonic HDC-SD40 High Definition Camcorder is an economical way to break into HD recording; just charge the battery and pop in an SD/SDHC or SDXC memory card and you're ready to start shooting up to 135 minutes of video per charge! High definition video is remarkable for its vivid, life-like, detailed images. It's also a future-friendly format that will be compatible with computer systems for years to come, which makes it a good investment. And, the 1920 x 1080 video recorded with the SD40 will look great on your HDTV, where every minute detail shows.

In addition to being a great little camcorder, the SD40 also doubles as a still camera. Your bag can stay lighter and your memory making easier with just one tool for both jobs! The camcorder captures both video and stills using its 1.5MP CMOS sensor. Features like a 2.7" LCD, the wide-angle Panasonic lens and other essentials such as optical image stabilization and 16.8x optical zoom all work together to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The SD40 also provides a number of user-friendly shooting controls. Panasonic's Intelligent Auto takes the guesswork out of correctly shooting almost any setting. iA automatically sets the camera for the situation; that way you can focus on the moment and not futzing with camera. Other features like Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Auto Ground-Directional Standby help you to record, without having to enroll in film school.

When you're done shooting and ready to edit, share and archive, the SD40 comes bundled with Panasonic's HD Writer LE 1.0 software. This software helps you to import data, share via YouTube and Facebook, add and change footage and save what you've shot for the future. You can also use the optional VIERA Link or VIERA Image Viewer to share your memories on your HDTV.

Key Features

  • Long Recording of Approximately 135 Minutes Per Charge: The HD 40 Series offers low power consumption of 2.5W and lets you shoot continuously for approximately 135 minutes with a single battery charge
  • 16.8x Optical Zoom and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer): The HD 40 Series features a 16.8x optical zoom. You can zoom close to catch dynamic shots of distant objects
  • Still Picture Recording at 2.1MP: The HD 40 Series can record stills with 2.1 megapixels. Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 2.1MP still images of any scene you want
  • Scene Mode: Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation
  • Scene modes: Sports, Portrait, Low Light (motion image only), Spot Light, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait (still image only)
  • Soft Skin Mode: When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable
  • iA (Intelligent Auto): This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results
  • Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode: The POWER O.I.S. suppresses even slight hand-shake. When shooting, hand-shake often comes on gradually due to factors like breathing rhythms or the surrounding wind
  • Active mode: Active mode comes in handy when shooting while walking or playing with your children. The wide correction area corrects even relatively large hand-shake motion. It's especially good for active video shooting
  • Intelligent Scene Selector: The Intelligent Scene Selector function analyzes the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the suitable scene mode that will give you optimal results
  • Face Detection: Face Detection automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see
  • Intelligent Contrast Control: Intelligent Contrast Control detects the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure accordingly, helping to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows
  • 0.6 Sec Quick Start: Using Quick Start mode, you simply flip open the LCD and you're ready to shoot in just 0.6 seconds. When Eco mode is also used, the power turns off whenever the camcorder has not been operated for 5 minutes
  • Pre-Rec Function: This smart function records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. The images are held temporarily in the camcorder's internal memory, before recording begins
  • Wide Viewing Angle: The LCD has a highly detailed, 230,400 dots display and a viewing angle of 170deg., both vertically and horizontally
  • AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby): The O.I.S. linear motor system can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode
  • Composition Guide Lines: With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The HD 40 Series solves this by displaying horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level
  • LED Video Light: When the camera determines that the ambient lighting is insufficient, it automatically switches the light on. This illuminates your subject for shooting
  • Color Night Rec/Color Night View: Leave the light off. Color Night Rec/Color Night View gives you images with color even in dim lighting (1 lux)
  • World Time: Setting the time is as easy as selecting a city from the displayed map. The World Time function lets you set the time for two cities, home and destination
  • VIERA Link: Connect your HD camcorder to a VIERA or compatible Blu-ray Disc Player via an HDMI mini cable and you can control both units in synchronized operation with a single remote control
  • VIERA Image Viewer: Just slip the SD card from your camcorder into the VIERA Image Viewer card slot on your VIERA TV and you're ready to view full-HD moving images recorded
  • Importing Data: When the camcorder is connected to a PC, the software automatically starts up. Importing data takes only a few clicks of the mouse
  • Easy YouTube and Facebook Uploading: The videos you've recorded are easily uploaded to YouTube or Facebook in their original high quality. HD Writer LE 1.0 lets you share your videos worldwide
  • Editing: It's easy to add titles, rearrange scenes, provide transition effects and edit images in single frame units

Technical Specs

Sensor 1.5 Megapixel 1/5.8" CMOS
Lens 2.9-48.7mm
Zoom Optical: 16.8x
Digital: 1200x
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC, SDXC
Recording Time SD: 4GB: HA: 30 minutes; HG: 40 minutes; HX: 1 hour
16GB: HA: 2 hours; HG: 2 hours, 40 minutes; HX: 4 hours, 10 minutes
32GB: HA: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HG: 5 hours, 30 minutes; HX: 8 hours, 20 minutes
64GB: HA: 8 hours, 30 minutes; HG: 11 hours; HX: 16 hours, 50 minutes
Video Format High Definition MPEG AVC/H.264: 1920 x 1080i (60 fps)
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
JPEG: 0.5 Megapixel, 960 x 540
Audio Format 2-ChannelStereo
Display Type LCD
Screen Size 2.7"
Touchscreen Yes
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 1400
7 (1/30 Low Light scene mode)
1 (Color Night Rec)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Outputs 1x Mini HDMI
1x USB 2.0
1x A/V
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, Pentium 4 2.8GHz Processor or greater
Mac: OS X 10.6.3, Core 2 Duo Processor or greater
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.03 x 2.26 x 4.27" / 51.56 x 57.40 x 108.46mm
Weight 5.96 oz / 169g
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