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Panasonic HDC-SD900 High Definition 3MOS Camcorder

$999.00
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The Panasonic HDC-SD900 Camcorder is equipped with a 12x optical zoom and a host of features including manual focus ring, Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), Hot Shoe and mic terminals



The Panasonic HDC-SD900 sports an advanced sensor array (for a total pixel count of 9.15 megapixels) and an improved processor called Crystal Engine PRO. Panasonic claims this new processor reduces noise by 45% (compared to Panasonic's conventional models), and should produce better images in low-light conditions.

The F1.5 Leica Dicomar Lens on all four new models is manufactured using measuring instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG. This lens not only suppresses ghosts and flaring, but also minimises the distortion and degradation of contrast and resolution that tend to occur at the lens periphery. Thanks to a large 46-mm diameter, the F1.5 lens offer brighter images than previous lenses. In addition, its 35mm wide-angle capability makes it ideal for many different shooting situations, such as self-portraits and group photos indoors and landscape shots outdoors.

An advanced image sensor system, the 3MOS Sensor, separates the light received through the lens into the three primary colours-red, green and blue-and processes each colour independently. As a result, it offers beautiful images with significantly better colour quality, detail and gradation than conventional sensor systems.

The HDC-HS900 features the evolved Crystal Engine PRO, which instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into full-HD quality for extremely clear, crisp motion images that exceed even full-HD 1920 x 1080-pixel images. The evolved Crystal Engine PRO increases sensitivity and reduces low-frequency noise to achieve bright images with minimal noise when shooting under low light conditions. It has reduced the noise level by approximately 45% as compared to conventional models(2). This maximizes the 3MOS features of excellent colour reproduction, high resolution, and rich gradation, and lets the user capture vividly coloured images in either bright or darkly lit places.

The HDC-SD900  features not only 3.5-inch LCDs, the largest ever mounted on a camcorder, but also new touch-operation functions. The large-screen LCD with touch operation offers easier operation than previous models. In addition to the single-handed variable speed zooming of previous models, the new "Touch Zoom" function provides stable zooming while recording.

The user simply touches an indication on the LCD to activate slow zooming, thus enabling smooth, optimal adjustment of the angle of view. Another touch-operation function is the "Touch Shutter," which automatically focuses and takes a still picture when the user touches the subject on the screen. The user can also change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. This kind of advanced touch operation provides much smoother shooting and playback than in previous models.

The HDC-SD900 can record to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Also, The HDC-SD900 include Panasonic's Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer, Intelligent Auto controls, and a 12x optical zoom lens.

HYBRID O.I.S. means that when your hands are shaky, your film won't be!

HYBRID O.I.S. is a hybrid optical and electrical image stabilisation system which achieves powerful correction during zooming or when shooting on the move. In addition to the blurring caused by vertical or horizontal wrist movements, the camcorders can also detect the subtle blurring that occurs when the entire arm moves vertically or horizontally, and correct it using a lens in the optical system and a sensor in the electrical system.

Get more in the frame with a widelens and Intelligent Zoom
The 12x optical zoom lens is further enhanced by Intelligent Resolution technology in the Crystal Engine Pro image-processing circuit to produce the new 20x Intelligent Zoom for greater image detail. Plus, the SD900 is equipped with a 35mm wide-angle lens that is fantastic for a variety of shooting situations, like self-portraits, group photos indoors and landscape shots.

Let iA (Intelligent Auto) do all the hard work
The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode features the special Face Recognition function that recognises the faces of previously registered subjects and automatically optimises the focus and exposure for those people. iA even continues to track the subjects as they move anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting.

Key Features

- 1920 x 1080p HD
- 3D Recording with Optional VW-CLT1 Lens
- SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
-  3 x 3.05MP 1/4.1" 3MOS Sensor
- 3.5" Touch Screen LCD Display & EFV
- 35mm Wide-Angle Lens
- 20x Intelligent Zoom
- HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization
- 14.2MP Digital Still Capture

Specifications


Sensor: 3x 3.05 Megapixel 1/4.1" CMOS Sensors
Lens: 3.45-41.4mm f/1.5-2.8
Zoom: Optical: 12x, Intelligent (Optical): 20x
Recording System: PAL
Recording Media: SD/SDHC, SDXC 
Recording Time - SDHC, SDXC Cards
4GB: 1080/60p: 19 minutes; HA: 30 minutes; HG: 40 minutes; HX: 1 hour; HE: 1 hour, 30 minutes
16GB: 1080/60p: 1 hour, 20 minutes; HA: 2 hours; HG: 2 hours, 40 minutes; HX: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HE: 6 hours, 40 minutes
32GB: 1080/60p: 2 hours, 40 minutes; HA: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HG: 5 hours, 30 minutes; HX: 8 hours, 20 minutes; HE: 13 hours, 40 minutes
64GB: 1080/60p: 5 hours, 20 minutes; HA: 8 hours, 30 minutes; HG: 11 hours; HX: 16 hours, 50 minutes; HE: 27 hours, 30 minutes
Video Format: 1080 / 50p : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format)
HA / HG / HX / HE : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)    
Signal System: 1080 / 50p, 1080 / 50i

Still Image Resolution     JPEG: 14.2 Megapixel, 4608 x 3072
JPEG: 13.3 Megapixel, 4864 x 2736
JPEG: 12.2 Megapixel, 4032 x 3024
Display Type: LCD
Screen Size: 3.5" Touchscreen, Camera also equipped with electronic viewfinder
Image Stabilization: Optical
Built-in Mic: Yes
Built-in Speaker: Yes
Built-in Light/Flash: Light - Yes, Flash - No
Accessory Shoe: Cold
Tripod Mount: 1/4"
Inputs: 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
Outputs: 1x Mini HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x A/V, 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
Microphone Input: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
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: (WxHxD) 2.64 x 2.83 x 5.75" / 67 x 72 x 146mm
Weight: 395g

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