The Panasonic SDR-H101, a standarddefinition hard drive-based camcorder. This has a large storage spaceof 80 GB to capture videos and additional storage through an SD HCcard slot. It arrives on optical image stabilization and a largeoptical zoom of 70x. The size and weight are extreme manageable andwe will bring it into the field to detect it if it is worth apurchase.
The Panasonic SDR-H101 is considerablylean for a camcorder on an internal hard drive. The polymer body ismainly black on a few parts sporting a steely metallic luster. Thebuild is quite rugged, though that does not intend that you canperfectly acquire away by dropping it; it can manage a few knocksconsiderable. The hard drive within has drop protection mechanismthat parks the head when it finds a state of falling, so protectingthe drive and data.
At the front, you can watch the zoom lensprotected by a cover that can be opened or closed manually by a leverpresent with the slope. It has a focal length of 1.48 to 104 mm with33 mm wide-angle filming capability. It sports a large optical zoomof 70x, which means that an object at a distance of 700 meters fromthe camera will look like if it were at a distance of 10 meters atthis magnification.
It characteristics optical imagestabilization, in which the lens moves to compensate for jerks in thecamera, to hold a stable image with the LCD. Only under the lens,there is the zoom stereo microphone that allows you record audio instereo. A white LED is present only over the lens to illuminatesubjects in the dark.
An adjustable cushioned leather gripstrap is present with one slope, creating it suitable to be heldcomfortably on the right hand. Of course that leaves left-handedpeople in the lurch, but such is commonly the case on only about anyof the camcorders available. The grip is comfortable, but the body isnot like well-contoured like those in Canon camcorders. At only 330grams, this is fairly lightweight to manage.
A spring-loaded zoom rocker control ispresent near the back at the top and it is extreme simple to onlyflick it with the index finger to make adjustments to the zoom. Therocker is smooth and does not create any sound, thus you do not haveto worry about any unwanted noise getting recorded while zooming. Ashutter button to capture however images is present only behind thezoom rocker, although a sieve concealing the speaker is current onlyahead. It officially supports SDHC cards with capacities up to 32 GB.
The 2.7" color TFT LCD screenopens up at right angle to the optical axis of the camera, and youcan as well rotate it 90 degrees with one slope and 180 degrees withanother slope, letting you to capture video as well in awkwardangles. The monitor has 123,200 pixels, which creates it seem a smallcoarse by present standards. A joystick that helps in navigation inthe user interface is situated with the left bezel.
Panasonic has provided a button tomanually switch between automatic modes and manual modes. There isalso a button to switch the optical image stabilisation, though wethink it is best to always let it stay on. These buttons make iteasier to work with the camera as you don't have to delve deep insidethe menu to access these functions. All the control buttons areplaced within easy reach via one-handed control.