SD90K HD Camcorder with 26x Optical/40x Intelligent Zoom

  • 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 26x Optical and 40x Intelligent Zoom
  • 1080/60 Progressive Recording
  • 3D Lens Ready

SpecificationsExpand All

    • Records Onto
    • Image Sensor (Total)
    • Total Pixels
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom OFF
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Filter Diameter
    • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Lens Type
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Still Picture Recording:4:3
    • Still Picture Recording:3:2
    • Still Picture Recording:16:9
    • Shutter Speed: Motion Image
    • Shutter Speed: Still Image
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Standard Illumination
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • Iris
    • Backlight Compensation
    • LCD Monitor
    • Simultaneous Recording
    • Creating Still Picture from Motion Picture
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • LED Video Light
    • Flash
    • Media Remaining Indication
    • Signal System
    • Recording Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • Image Sensor (Effective)-Motion Image
    • Image Sensor (Effective)-Still Image
    • Compression (Recording Format)
    • Audio Compression
    • DPOF
    • HDMI
    • USB
    • Microphone (stereo mini)
    • Accessory Shoe
    • AC Adaptor
    • USB Cable
    • Stylus Pen
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Included Software
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • AV Multi
    • AV Multi Cable
    • Weight (w/o Battery)
    • Dimension (W x H x D)
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Shoe adaptor
    • Weight (w/o Lens Cap)
    • Dimension (W x H x D) w/ Lens
    • F Value (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • Focal Length (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • 35mm Film camera Equivalent (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • Minimum Illumination (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • STANDARD ACCESSORIES (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • UPC


HDC-SD90K is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Video Quality This camcorder has probably the best video quality in it's price range. It all begins with a great lens. The 21x optical zoom ratio is amazing. Usually, in a consumer camera, a zoom this large has soft edges or chromatic abberation in the corners when zoomed in or out. Most of the lenses in this price range exhibit high geometric distortion at the widest angle. I'm happy to say this lens has almost none of the above. It isn't perfect, but it's hard to find it's faults unless you really look hard. The images are always sharp and clean, corner to corner. Of course, the 1500x digital zoom is best left disabled. No camera ever made could produce a good image at this insane zoom ratio. The image sharpness is very good. There's a slight amount of halo effect around sharp edges due to a slight amount of over processing in the electronics, but very little. Only a video professional would spot this, and it can be eliminated by reducing the sharpness control on the TV monitor. Colors are accurate and not overly saturated. This means grass looks normal green, and not glowing neon green like some camcorders. The automatic setting allows the color to track accurately across mostly any lighting condition. Exposure is very accurate with nearly no over exposure of bright objects. Small, bright objects don't overly reduce the brightness of the entire image. Contrast is not as high as it could have been, but again, this lends itself to a natural looking image as the human eye sees it. There are manual adjustments for focus, white balance, exposure and shutter speed. Sound quality is great for voices, but the bottom end is a little thin for music, presumably to reduce the effects of wind noise. There is a mike input and manual settings for the audio, and the AGC can be turned off if you like. Rare features on a camcorder this inexpensive. There's no headphone jack, but there is a level meter when an external mike is connected. There are two video modes not usually found in most camcorders. 1080-60p greatly improves the video quality, but you can not import these files into Final Cut Pro or many other editing systems. An iFrame mode produces a 540-30p image. This is easy to handle for most editing systems and is just slightly above DVD quality, but the 28 meg data rate is far beyond the 5 to 17 meg rates of the middle four settings for 1080-80i video. You'll get much better images at either of the middle four settings than the iFrame mode, and you'll save a lot of disk space. This camcorder is beyond the quality you may ever ever need for home video, unless you make Blu-Ray disks of everything you shoot. When the lighting is good, this camcorder approaches the quality of entry level prosumer camcorders. Only it's diminutive size would prevent a professional from using this to record a wedding video. The image quality would surely be good enough.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Point and shoot Outstanding zoom, very easy to use. The lens cover shuts when you close the view finder this is too cool. The only down side is it doesn't come with any memory so you can't record without a seperate purchase. My only problem is the software that comes with it that you put on your PC. It keeps every photo you look at be it from your camera or any photo you look at on line. I have no idea why anyone would want that. It has to be eating up a lot of memory and I don't know how to turn it off. The camera itself is awsome and plugging the SD card into a Panasonic blue ray player is the best way to go.
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very nice image even on He mode, the image is excelent. very small, light, and easy to operate.
Date published: 2011-05-18
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Owner's Manuals
  • Does software come with this camcorder?
    HD Writer VE 2.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media such as Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer VE 2.0, which is the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer VE 2.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Are there drivers available for Windows 7 or 8?
    No, there are no drivers for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
  • If I turn the camcorder upside down , I hear rattling noise is this normal?
    This rattling noise is the Optical image stabilization sensor which assists with reduces any handshake while recording. This is normal.
  • How do I clean my camcorder?
    Before cleaning, detach the battery or pull out the AC adaptor from the AC outlet, and then wipe the product with a dry soft cloth.
Consumer Product Support and Technical Assistance
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