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Panasonic HDC-SX5 Hybrid Camcorder Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.45 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "The first high-definition camcorders to reach the consumer used the tape-based HDV format, which records on the same tape form factor as DV. However, although HDV uses MPEG-2 compression, it still requires quite a high data rate, so HDV hasn't made the transition to hard disk and DVD-based camcorders - with the notable exception of JVC's Everio GZ-HD7E. Instead, a new MPEG-4-based compression format was developed by Sony and Panasonic called AVCHD.

... The HDC-SX5 has plenty of commendable qualities. The lack of microphone input and headphone output reduce its usefulness for more serious video making, but it offers good image quality in adequate lighting, and there are some useful manual controls on offer. Most of all, though, we’re not entirely convinced by the Hybrid recording format, in particular because we've never been bowled over by DVD camcorders. ..."

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First-Impressions (Summary): "... This is not Panasonic's first hybrid camcorder. They announced two back in January. The Panasonic HDC-SX5 may prove to be their most successful, though. First, it's high definition (1920 x 1080 AVCHD), and second, it offers a smart combination of recording options: DVD to satisfy the family shooters, and SDHC cards to satisfy the speed-needy YouTube crowd. ...

... However, the resolution has increased since last year. The previous generation of AVCHD camcorders recorded in 1440 x 1080 anamorphic, outputting a 1920 x 1080 signal. This year, both the HDC-SX5 and the HDC-SD5 actually capture in "full HD," or 1920 x 1080. While we can't definitely say that the final outputted video looks any sharper than last year until we test, looking at the video on a Panasonic plasma monitor was impressive. ..."

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