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Jul 04

REVIEW: The best basic camcorder value out there? Panasonic HDC-SD40

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Panasonic HDC-SD40

I love this camcorder! I bought it with the sole purpose of filming my ten month daughter (her first teeth, first steps, first time she says “I love you, Daddy!”) etc, in High-Definition (HD). I am not a professional camcorderist, just a dad who wants some HD video of his daughter growing up.

Here is what I love about it:

1 – It is so compact and light. This camera is about the size of a plastic container of frozen orange juice. It is touted as the lightest camcorder in the world. I have very large hands, yet still find using functions like zoom quite manageable.

2 – It is easy to use. Even a relative tech-moron like myself can figure out how to use it without reading the manual. Everything is very intuitive.

3 – It takes beautiful pictures. In my view (no pun intended), the picture quality is excellent! This camera can really do the job.

4 – The price. I paid $223.00 US$ for this camera at B & H Electronics in New York City, New York. I bought it online and had it shipped to Toronto, Canada. Even with shipping and taxes, the price was still practically half of what it would cost me in Toronto. Amazon.com currently has the second best price that I have seen for this wonderful camera.

5 – It takes SDHC memory cards. I personally love the flexibility of individual memory cards. I do not have to worry about the onboard memory running out while in mid-shot. They are also very easy to archive. External memory cameras are also cheaper to buy.

Once again, I am not a professional camcorderist. I am just a dad who wants to have some HD video of his daughter growing up. This camera completely fits my needs. If you are a professional, you already may know that this camera may not be for you. It is, in fact, one of the better frugal living purchases I have made in a long time. Another frugal idea brought to you by froogalism.com

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