40GB Hard Disk Drive/SD Hybrid Camcorder with 42x Optical Zoom and Advanced O.I.S.


40GB Hard Disk Drive/SD Hybrid Camcorder with 42x Optical Zoom, Advanced Optical Image Stabilization, One-Touch DVD Copy, Anti-Shock Shield and One-Touch Navigation, Records to Internal Hard Drive or SD Card

SpecificationsExpand All

    • MEDIA
    • Records Onto
    • Recording Format
    • LENS
    • Image Sensor (Total)
    • Image Sensor (Effective)
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Filter Diameter
    • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Lens Type
    • CAMERA
    • 3CCD Camera System
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Still Picture Recording
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • High Speed Shutter
    • Iris
    • Backlight Compensation
    • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
    • LCD Monitor
    • Power LCD
    • Wide Viewing Angle LCD
    • Pure Color Engine
    • Soft-Skin Mode
    • Easy-to-Use Mode Dial
    • MagicPix Images
    • Simultaneous Motion Video & Still Picture Recording
    • Microphone
    • Date Recording
    • Fade in/out
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • LED Video Light
    • Flash
    • Quick Start
    • Web Camera Function
    • Applicable Disc
    • Cue and Review
    • Skip
    • Video Recording Format
    • Recording Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • Audio Recording Format
    • Recording Time
    • Still Picture
    • Still Picture Recording Number
    • Counter
    • Wind Noise Reduction
    • Remaining Indication
    • Pre-Rec Function
    • Intelligent Contrast Control
    • One-Touch Navigation
    • Help Mode
    • Tele Macro
    • AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
    • Disc Copy Function
    • USB Host Function
    • Built-in SD Slot
    • DPOF
    • PictBridge Compatible
    • JACKS
    • S-Video In
    • S-Video Out
    • Mini DV In/Out (IEEE 1394)
    • Video Component
    • HDMI
    • USB
    • Analog In/Out
    • Microphone (stereo mini)
    • Headphone (M3)
    • Accessory Shoe
    • AV
    • AC Adaptor
    • Battery Pack
    • Strap
    • Video Component Cable
    • AV Cable
    • USB Cable
    • IR Remote
    • SD Memory Card
    • Lens Cap
    • Software
    • DVD Disc
    • DV Tape
    • Disc Cleaning Cloth
    • Other Cables
    • Free DVD Burner
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • Weight


SDR-H40 is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't download to the computer I installed the program VideoCam Suite only to discover that I cannot get the video to download to my computers. This is very disappointing. User manual, page 86, 6th bullet point excludes Vista Business. My other lap top is Vista Home edition, but it is 64 bit which also is excluded. Thus, 2 relatively new and standard laptops that are rendered impossible at this time for use with the required software for downloading the video from this SDR-H40P. Beyond this situation, it's a great camera which I would highly recommend. Just wish I could get the video footage into my computer!
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from poor software, Excelent camera For an ameture Cameraman like myself, it is a great camera to use. uber simple, great quality, and has every thing I need. i bought this camera for mainly one reason, and that was Snowmobile Videos. It runs great even in -20 temps (i doubt its supposed to, but I did it). the software is junk; too slow and really difficult, but ive pushed past that just draging and dropping clips from "MY Computer" and into "MY Videos" and then into an editor. Overall, great Camera
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice for a Beginner If you are like me and have not used a movie camera in a long-time, this is a nice piece of equipment. It is very easy to use. Fits nice in your hand even in a small hand like my wifes. The color balance is not terrific. We have used it twice for our childrens band concerts in the school gym. Maybe wasthe lighting, but the red curtains came out orangy in playback. Even after I used the Auto button. Sound quality is very good. No light in camera? Needs a light for low lighting.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from easy to use. until .......... easy to use until you want to burn discs. The "older, cheaper" digital cameras that I've owned have had a user friendly way to burn on to cd-r's or dvd-r's. Not so with this camera system. Not only is the software a little slow but there is absolutely no "burn" option on the menu. VERY disappointed with this purchase
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera! I bought this camera about 7 months ago & have already used it at many family get-togethers & such. It takes GREAT pictures & has some pretty neat features, AND it's small enough to carry in my purse (and I am not the type of person to buy those huge honkin purses :).I really like the incredible zoom feature. I used it to get to some great pictures of animals from a far distance. It also takes very good pictures while driving/moving at fast speeds. I recently got a good photo while my sister was driving and the result was, it looked like I was standing still taking the picture. It picks up sound really well while you are videotaping I've called their customer service center a couple times now (when I was learning how to transfer pictures to a computer and such) and they were very helpful and courteous people (and it doesn't take long to get a real person!). All-in-all it's a really good camera. :)
Date published: 2009-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Camera and seamless with iMovie! I just brought this camcorder home about an hour ago. I don't know why other reviewers said that this camera isn't compatible with mac. I plugged the usb and opened my iMovie program, clicked on the video camera icon and voila!!!! There was my recording, ready to be imported and then edited to my hearts delight! And it looked and sounded great! I am new to this camera so I am still learning about all of it's features, but my biggest concern was the compatibility with mac...and without having to do anything but plug it into the usb port and opening it up in iMovie, I have NO IDEA why anyone could say that it isn't.
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Buyers Remorse This seemed like a good purchase at the time, but I've done nothing but run into problems since I've bought it. From how this unit recharges the batter and you can't use the unit plugged in while charging, to you can't connect via USB and download the videos off the unit without it being connected to charger/power unit. Now I'm finding after reinstalling xp on my laptop, the video app doesn't support the xp service pack level (which is the latest release from microsoft). I just used this on my Disney trip and had several problems with the Focus not working or keeping up with the zooming in or out of things. Also had some issues with capturing images in focus when it got dark out. For the $$$ spent on the unit, I'm just not happy with the unit.
Date published: 2009-02-22
  • y_2017, m_6, d_23, h_11
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_1.0.0-hotfix-1
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_1, tr_14
  • loc_en_US, sid_SDR-H40, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_panasonic


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
Operating hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm EST
Panasonic USA