Good value compact hd camcorder. Bought a panasonic sd60 to take on our 2010 family summer holiday to the greek islands. Very simple to use, in either full auto or manual mode. Sound quality especially good and the hd picture quality looks superb on our 36′ sony bravia tv. Image stabilisation works very well, but wind noise suppression is poor – as usual with camcorders. Note that there is no capability to add an external microphone or lamp as no accessory jacks. The auto light balance didn’t always give the optimum colour realism with skin tones washing out so sometimes i would select white balance manually, depended a lot on the brightness of the sky. With the right settings the colour quality is very good indeed. Low light picture quality is good compared with my 5 year old mini dv canon mvx330i with useful led light if required, however autofocus can start hunting in low light situations. I took two 16gb class 6 sd cards and each held 2 hours 20 minutes of hd video at one down from the highest quality setting.
A lot of camera for the money. The picture is awesome when played back on a full hd tv. The sound is good but does suffer if its windy. It has too many features to mention but i like working in manual mode & you can have total control over everything if you wish. Its very small, smaller than i thought it would be but then it fits easily into your pocket so thats a bonus. Only gripes (if thats what you call them), the touch lcd screen gets mucky quickly so i now use the supplied stylus and the memory card amazon recomend at the time of purchase is (according to panasonic) not fast enough, needs a type 4 and not a type 2. I am using the type 2 at the moment and it works perfectly in full hd but any more sd cards i buy will be type 4 as a minimum just to be on the safe side. All in all a very nice camera and you will not be disappointed with the results. The supplied software is not bad either but not as good as a commercial product (say vegas) but if you only want to burn to blu ray or dvd ram without too much editing then is ok.
Very good entry hd camcorder. I did a lot of research before buying this camcorder, and i’m pleased with the result. For me, it has the important features: avchd hd video, wide-angle lens, huge 25x optical zoom and advanced power optical imaging stabilisation. I am really impressed with how well it copes in low level light (something my old camcorder didn’t) and how well the image stabilisation works – even at 60x zoom the result is acceptable. The picture quality is very good, with smooth playback of action shots. Having had a mini dv tape-based camcorder previously, the convenience of sd cards is great. It is also very small and light, with a good range of available manual settings, not usually found at this price point. It doesn’t have a viewfinder and no progressive recording, just interlaced, and i didn’t find the stills very impressive. It certainly won’t replace my ricoh caplio r7 compact camera. The wind noise canceller is also not particularly effective.
Bought this camcorder for my brother a month ago and had a week to play with it before sending it over to him. Did not open a manual, very easy start up with basics. Videos coming in panasonic formate,but the cd with softwear supplied. Hd formate was not playing smooth on my pc, but. Once my brother got the camcorder he could see panasonic formate on his laptop without anything extra and were playing great. So it appears to be vista problem because he has win 7. Last week bought sd 60 for myself.
Very impressed with the camcorder, wonderful moving pictures and great stills too. Very easy to use and a most useful printed manual is included. The unit is light but well built. Just be aware that there are no compatible batteries (yet). And when recording 1080 video you will need a large memory card that can handle 20mbps.
Panasonic SD60 Full HD Camcorder With SD Card Recording, X35 Intelligent Zoom, X25 Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Face Recognition – Black : Having read up on all different makes and models, choose the sd 60. This model appeared to cover all my needs from avc hd to a wide angle lens and lastly the price. Also as i do alot of editing with cyberlink director8 this camcorder appear to make my editing hastle free compare to higher spec camcorders, in other words alot of information to read from camcorder to pc. This camcorder is the business for me excellent colour,sharpness and the ease of the camcorder. Note if burning files onto dvd in avc hd and wishing to watch on tv via a dvd player only blu-ray will play disc in this format. However can convert to j-peg in cd software that comes with camcorder to play on all dvd machines but no way as sharp/colour as avc hd. Excellent package, does anything i need to make my holiday videos special.