Panasonic HDC-SDT750

Panasonic-HDC-SDT750

The first 3D camera for masses

When I heard about Panasonic HDC-SDT750, I couldn’t believe that there could exist a camera that could become 3D from 2D, just by adding some lens. This is why I gladly accepted to make a complete test and review of this camera, as I was more curious rather than willing to work.

First of all, I must say that this camera is definitely different from all the other camcorders I’ve ever reviewed. That is because Panasonic, instead of coming with some fancy 3D gadget, comes with a 2D camera, that allows its users to switch lens and get 3D records.

32GB memory

Panasonic-HDC-SDT750Basically, HDC-SDT750 has the aspect of an average camera. However, I was impressed to see that it has a flip-out touchscreen (of a 3 inch diagonal) and a general design balanced in such a manner that allows even the new users to record/switch to 3D without even the slightest problem.

Secondly, if it comes to technical information about it, then Panasonic has a decent 32 GB of internal memory (on the internal HDD), and its video resolution can touch 1080 in HD. Its official measures are 66x69x138 mm, therefore it is obvious that Panasonic HDC-SDT750 incorporates lots of good things in a very small carcass.

3MOS sensors…

To be honest, I was also satisfied of the image provided in our tests and the sound from the recordings. Even though the camera comes with a 5.1 surround audio system, the sound isn’t like the experience from a cinema or from a home cinema system, but is undoubtedly satisfying. As concerning the image, 7,590,000-pixel (2,530,000 pixels x 3) 3MOS sensors are responsible for the high quality of the image. For instance, in 2D mode, I could zoom in and zoom out up to 12x, without any loss of quality.

The really interesting part came when 3D lens were added to the camera (with the help of a device that is similar to Panasonic’s pro-summer model, only more cheaper). Basically, adding the 3D lens device is a “click-click-click” task that doesn’t require any effort at all.

Without optical zoom in 3D

However, even if the conversion cap (that adds the 3D lens) does its job pretty well, unfortunately, there is no zoom in or zoom out in 3D mode. As well, other 3D features are a bit restricted, though, this might not represent a big problem for the users who don’t want to do professional recordings with the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 camcorder.

Is not cheap…

However, let’s talk a bit about one major disadvantage. It’s not related to the performance of the camera, but it is related to its price: it is way to big for what if offers. Considering that it isn’t 100% a 3D camera, and sometimes even the images aren’t that sharp, 1000 English Pounds is way too much. However, it seems that it can be bought from Amazon.com at a cheaper price, somewhere near 800 EP.

Review conclusion

At the end of our artice we can said that model is a good camera that will undoubtedly complete successfully most of the tasks, without causing any problems related to quality.

Technical specifications

Memory card formatSD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal hard driveNo
Internal MemoryNo
High Definition CompatibilityYes, Full HD 1080
HD Recording FormatAVCHD
SensorTri-MOS
Sensor size (in inches)1 / 4, 1
Sensor Resolution3 x 3,050,000 pixels
Announced sensitivity (lux)1
Lens focal length3.45 to 41.4 mm
Focal length equivalent of 24 x 3616:9: Video / Photo 35 – 420 mm; 4:3 Photo from 38.8 to 460 mm 3:2 Photo from 35.7 to 428 mm
Optical Zoom12
Digital Zoom30x – 700x
Max Aperturef/1.5 – 2.8
Filter Diameter46 mm
Manual irisYes
Maximum shutter speedJan-00
Function cons-dayYes
TorchNo
FlashYes
Image StabilizerOIS
ViewfinderTouch Screen LCD, electronic viewfinder EVF and Adjustable
LCD (diagonal in cm)7.6 cm
Screen Resolution (pixels)230 400
HisDolby Digital (2ch / 5.1ch)
DubbingNo
Photo ModeYes in JPEG format
Photo Resolution (pixels)4:3: 640 x 480 4032 x 3024 (interpolation), 3:2: 2880 x 1920 to 4608 x 3072 (interpolation), 16:9: 3072 x 1728 to 4864 x 2736 (interpolation)
Audio jacksMicrophone and headphone
IEEE 1394 outputNo
RS 232 CNo
USB outputYes, USB 2.0
HDMI OutputYes
Component OutputYes
S-video outputNo
A / VYes
Remote ControlYes
Additional FeaturesFocus: Auto / Auto Touch / Manual; Exposure Control Auto / Manual; Fashion IA: Scene detection, Face detection, contrast control, AF, 8 preset Scene modes, White Balance: Auto, Action Blanc, 3 Preset Modes, Built-in speaker, 1 Accessory Shoe.
Other FeaturesHD Video Quality: 1080 50p (28 Mbps / VBR), HX 9Mbps/VBR (1920 X 1080); 5Mbps/VBR ET (1920 X 1080); Compatible with Mac iMovie11 not supplied.
Dimensions (WxDxH) mm66 x 138 x 69 mm
Weight (with battery and cassette) in g400 g