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Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and price. The size and portability also get good feedback, but the battery and image quality get critical opinions.

usability, portability, size, price, durability

image quality, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the durability. The usability is also appreciated, but some have doubts about the price and battery.

portability, usability, durability

size, image quality, battery, price

68% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-SW20 / SW20E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the battery and price. The size and portability also get good views, whereas many are negative about the image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, battery

image quality

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

For a first-time attempt at an underwater camcorder, the SDR-SW20 is a fairly solid performer. If you already own a camcorder, it will suit perfectly well as a secondary unit for oceanic holidays.

Waterproof/shock-proof/dust-proof design, underwater footage is surprisingly clear, cheap asking price

No hand strap hampers on-land shooting, screen is too reflective, swapping SD cards can be difficult in wet conditions

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

It goes underwater. Small, sleek design.

Fiddly controls. Average video quality.

The cool factor of waterproof gadgets is high, even when there's a subsequent trade-off in performance. Anyone going any deeper than snorkel depth will need to look elsewhere, but at least the price reflects the compromises made for that cheerily tough...

Oct, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

When moisture mysteriously entered this unit and shut it down, Panasonic service wanted 80 bucks to tell me it was unfixable and "corroded". I put it in the cuboard for a few months then plugged it in again. It turned on then had broken images for...

It worked for 1 month

It didn't work for the next 5 months

Nov, 2009

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

I can only reiterate the negative experiences above with this camera. The only difference is that I have not gone through the repair process which sounds like it will only end with a bad ending. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA. If you want a real waterproof...

When it works it's fine

Leaked water after few months - at snorkel depth

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

After 3 days in switzerland in rain spoilt. gurantee not covers that . can not be repaired according customer service of panasonic. But can be raplaced for that i should pay the value of 550 swiss franks the real price in store was only 440 swiss frank

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

I have had this camera for a few months now and I absolutely love it. Small compact take anywhere, easy to use. Highly recommend it.

Compact ; Dust proof, water tight and has survived several drops already

Picture quality (good but not brilliant) ; Battery life (If on holiday and are out for the whole day it's quite possible you will kill the battery so I now always carry a spare battery and SD card but as these are pretty small this is not a hassle,...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

Case started leaking after 3rd day of snorkelling - not covered by warranty, not fit for purpose in my opinion

Portable, easy to use

Advertised for underwater use but not warranted for underwater use. 3 days use for $599 is not good value

Sep, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

Great little camera. Small rugged, easy to use. The wrist strap doubles as an effective hand strap.

Waterproof, shockproof, small, rugged

Not a huge battery life, carry one spare at least

May, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic SDR-SW20

 

I have had this camcorder for about 2 months now and I find it a treat. I love the fact its water proof as I have a dog and love going in the water with him. Im not afraid of getting it wet nor worried about the sand or dirt. The IS (image stabiliser)...

Great all rounder, Image stabiliser -excellent. robust and compact.

Picture is not the best, but if you are just after the memories of your trip then its ok. Battery life is not long (always keep a spare)

May, 2008

Consumer review (productreview.com.au)

Wont record

 

screen on sdrsw20 displays card door opened when it is not any ideas I have opened and closed it firmly several times

Nov, 2014
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