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Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included)

Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included)
Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included)


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Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included)


Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included)

As the follow-up to the SDR-S100, the Panasonic SDR-S150 builds on the success of its predecessor. Not only can you record MPEG2 video straight to an SD card (2GB card included), but the 3CCD image sensor and optical image stabilization work to ensure that your images look their best. The S150 also uses Panasonic’s proprietary Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology to convert the image signal. Providing four times the pixel density when recording still pictures, this lets the S150 capture 3.1-megapixel (2048 x 1512) still pictures. Plus, 1.5-second quick start and a wide, 2.8-inch LCD monitor make it easy to operate. As the follow-up to the SDR-S100, the Panasonic SDR-S150 builds on the success of its predecessor. Not only can you record MPEG2 video straight to an SD card (2GB card included), but the 3CCD image sensor and optical image stabilization work to ensure that your images look their best. The S150 also uses Panasonic’s proprietary Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology

  • 3CCD camera system for clear, accurate images
  • Leica Dicomar lens
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) for video and still images
  • 2.8-inch LCD monitor
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards; 2GB card included

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  1. 46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great if you want a tiny, tapeless video camera, November 13, 2006
    By 
    S. Myers (Palo Alto, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included) (Electronics)

    I have been using this camera for several weeks in lots of different conditions: indoors, outdoors, action, stills, etc. Overall, it is a great camera if you are looking for good video performance, acceptable still performance for a video camera, no tapes, and an incredibly small size which truly does fit in your pocket.

    I have not had any of the dark video issues mentioned above.

    I have owned many previous miniDV cameras including a JVC, Canon Elura, Panasonic 3CCD, and Sony DCR-PC1000. To my eye, the video this camera produces video as good as the others in terms of sharpness and color accuracy. I tested it side-by-side with the Sony (the most recent model of those shown), and it performed about the same to my eye as the Sony with video, although color was a little more accurate on the Panasonic, and the still images were noticeably better. I was concerned about getting an MPEG2 camera thinking the compression would cause artifacts and have trouble with action video. I have had no problems with either.

    The real reason I tried this camera is that all of the above cameras have broken after a couple years of use due to a broken tape handling mechanism, and I was thrilled about the idea of a tapeless camera! The battery lasts much longer due to not having to drive a tape, and the startup time is great since it doesn’t have to get the tape across the recording heads after you switch it on. I also prefer no hard drive for durability and battery life issues, and none of the hard drive cameras are even close to this in size.

    Now the trade-offs you make with this camera. At first I thought it didn’t go very wide-angle which was disapponting (44mm 35mm equivalent, I think?), but I tested it side-by-side with the Sony and it was nearly identical, and I never noticed lack of wide angle on the Sony. Also, the MPEG2 format is a bit of a pain. I use Final Cut Express and iMovie on a Mac, and neither reads MPEG2 directly. That said, there is a free utility which seems to be very good called Streamclip, or you can buy a $20 add-on for your QT player to play and convert MPEG2, but it’s still an extra step in the process. I believe that Premiere does not support it either. Just be aware that it’s not as compatible with as many editing apps as ubiquitous miniDV and a conversion step is required.

    The only other camera I seriously considered (after ruling out tapes and hard drives) was the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1A, which is also an SD-based camera. Despite having a 5MP still image resolution, most video reviews for it were extremely negative. Some surmised that this is really a still camera at the core, marketed as a video camera. Furthermore it does not have optical image stabilization, which I consider a near-must for such small cameras if you want smooth video. It does indeed record in HD, but at least one review said the video quality was poor enough that it didn’t really matter. It does indeed record in MPEG4, though, which is natively read by iMovie.

    So if you don’t mind a significantly larger camera and tapes, there may be more compelling options like the Sony HDR-HC3 which records in HD, or perhaps one the hard-drive models. But if you’re looking for a tapeless video camera, and especially an SD-based one which takes truly high quality video, this appears to be the only real choice out there at the moment (Nov 2006).

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  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Almost perfect, January 16, 2007
    By 
    J. Carneal (Nashville, TN) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included) (Electronics)

    After reading the reviews here and at [...] on this baby, I was a little cocerned about its low-light and indoor performance. Let me be the first to say that my fears were largely unfounded.

    Yes, if you film in very low light, it will darken many colors. But we’re talking 60 lux, which is the roughly equivalent to the light put off from the candles of a birthday cake. Just keep the lights on when your kid blows out the candles, and viola! Seriously, I have had absolutely no problems with it filming too dark indoors, outdoors, or even when I film local bands playing in dark bars.

    The reason I wanted to try this camera was because it is the only flash-based camera that is receiving even mildly positive reviews. I do not want a tape mechanism that will break, nor a fragile hard drive that cannot be used in many film-worthy conditions (think snow skiing, as the drive mechanism will freeze up on you in very cold weather).

    As I said, I was skeptical when I purchased it, but no more. The videos are far better than any other camcorder I’ve owned. My last was a Canon ZR 50 mini DV, and this camera takes VASTLY superior videos than that one.

    The four stars is only because of the mpeg2 format this records to. I have a mac, so editting requires that I convert to DV with streamclip so that imovie can import the movies. Mainly, I just don’t edit my home videos so that hasn’t been a problem. But if would have been nice for it to be an easier option, and it could have been if they encoded to mpeg4 with h264 and mp3/aac, which appears to be the next standard.

    If that concerns you, or if you want HD, you might wait until the Panasonic SD1 is available because it records in AVHDC which is a form of mpeg4. Of course, imovie doesn’t yet support that either, so you may have to wait until iLife 07 to really use it.

    In parting, I will also mention that the size of this unit is absolutely fabulous. I no longer dread lugging around even my smallish mini DV camera. This thing literally fits in my jacket pocket, so I end up filming a lot more than I did with previous cameras. If you’re looking for small, flash-based, and good quality video, get this camera, you’ll love it.

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  3. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent camera for parents and everyday life, December 24, 2006
    By 
    Lev Selector (New York, NY USA) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic SDR-S150 3.1MP 3CCD MPEG2 Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (2GB Card Included) (Electronics)

    Panasonic SDR-S150 is a wonderful camera.
    I am extremely happy with it – and recommend it to everyone.
    Popular Mechanics magazine has named it the best in its class – and I completely agree.

    I bought mine in the end of September of 2006 and was using it every day for the last 10 months.
    The sales person at J&R store has recommended it to me, based on customers feedback – and I am grateful to him for good advice.

    The camera makes very decent videos.
    Excellent optics, 3-CCD, and true image stabilization do their job.
    The videos are bright, sound is excellent.

    But most important for me is how easy it is to work with the camera and with the video clips once you made them.
    One can use the cable and software provided with the camera, but I like things simple. I take the SD card out, insert it into a $10 USB card reader – and copy the files onto my computer with the mouse. Then I rename the clips – I change extension MOD into MPG.

    These clips are in true mpeg-2 format, which is the same format as
    in regular DVDs. So many DVD players will natively play those clips without any editing or converting. Also on most computers you can simply double-click on the clip to make it play. If not – you can dowload one of the many free or low-cost software players. I like the VLC player (just google for vlc player) – it is available for both Window and Mac and it is free.

    I made our grandmothers very happy. I burn a collection of video clips of our baby on a regular CD (yes, CD, not a DVD) – and mail to them. They can play those video clips on a computer or on a DVD player (portable Phillips is a good choice).

    The camera is very easy to operate.

    The built-in battery lasts for ~ 70 min (use a spare one or use an included power supply if you need more).

    Camera also makes decent still photos.
    I have many more expensive cameras at home (photo and video), but I found that once I bought this camera I use it almost exclusively. Partly becase of ease and convenience.

    With this camera I don’t need huge disks, powefull CPUs, lots of RAM, or hours of video editing. It makes your video production very easy and fun.

    Camera comes with its own editing software. But I prefer to use Adobe Premier Elements ($99). There is also some good software for Macs. So I can easily make videos with titles and menus, or make mp4 or flash videos for iPod or web.

    Cons:
    1. No input for external microphone. But the built-in stereo microphone is very good – I tested it by making a recording of a concert violin – and then extracting the audio and analyzing it using Adobe Audition software. The recording is very clean, because there are no motors in the camera.

    2. The compression artefacts can be visible when you making fast movements with the camera. This is rare, though.

    Camera can be mounted on a standard tripod.
    It is very light and small.
    Overall – I really enjoy it.

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