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Panasonic SDR-H101

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H101. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and size are on the whole positive. The zoom and portability are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and price get negative comments. There are some mixed comments about the image quality.

usability, portability, zoom, size, durability

battery, price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H101 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Alex Kidman (

Panasonic SDR-H101


Panasonic's dual-hard-drive/SD card camcorder delivers average quality. It's not a terrible camcorder, but it's not one that stands out, and the lack of HD recording is a notable omission.

Dual HDD/SD recording ; 78x enhanced optical zoom ; Good hand grip

No HD recording options ; Bulky battery ; Can be twitchy about recording to SD card

The SDR-H101 is a fair camcorder, but it's not a great one. Our largest gripe with it is really a pricing one. As we tested this concurrently with the SD80, we were able to compare shot quality quite closely. While the SD80 does cost more, the price...

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:MP1
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery Capacity:1790
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):123200


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.52
Effective megapixels (movie):0.52
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:3500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.8 - 2625
Focal length range (f-f):1.48 - 104
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:5.7
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.62
Minimum aperture number:1.9
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.28
Optical Zoom:70

Other features

AV output:1
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Bundled software:VideoCam Suite 3.5
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:640 x 480
Still image resolution(s):640 x 360,640 x 480


Camcorder media type:HDD
Camera file system:DPOF 1.1
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:80
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:2.5
Capture modes:LP, SP, XP
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 576
Pre-record: Yes
Video formats supported:H.264, MPEG2
Video Resolutions:720 x 576


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.4

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Sunny