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SD Card Standard Definition Camcorder

Details
SDR-S26K
Features

Records via SD Card (32GB)

70x Optical Zoom with Advanced O.I.S.

iA Mode w/ Face Detection

YouTube™ Uploader Shoot video and upload to YouTube™

SpecificationsExpand All

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    • MEDIA
    • Records Onto
    • Recording Format
    • LENS
    • Image Sensor (Total)
    • Image Sensor (Effective)
    • Total Pixels
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Filter Diameter
    • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Lens Type
    • CAMERA
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Still Picture Recording:4:3
    • Still Picture Recording:16:9
    • Shutter Speed: Motion Image
    • Shutter Speed: Still Image
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • Iris
    • LCD Monitor
    • MagicPix Images
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • RECORDING & PLAYBACK
    • Video Recording Format
    • Recording Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • Audio Recording System
    • SD CARD FEATURES
    • Built-in SD Slot
    • DPOF
    • PictBridge Compatible
    • JACKS
    • Audio Output
    • USB
    • AV
    • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
    • AC Adaptor
    • AV Cable
    • USB Cable
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Included Software
    • GENERAL
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • Weight
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Reviews

SDR-S26K is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Panasinic product I have known The camcorder is very poor quality. I have many Panasinic products, this camcorder should be recalled, it does not meet their level of quality. I only hope I can return it for refund. The picture qulity is awful. It's impossible to focus and get a sharp replay on either video or photo.
Date published: 2009-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Video is good, pictures not that good Pictures are fuzzy and don't have good quality. Part I am looking for might take 3 weeks to arrive!
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a great camera This camera's resolution not equal to Hi8 tape.
Date published: 2009-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Spectacular Camcorder Experience This Panasonic SDR-S26 camcorder is by far the best you can buy for the price, and is rated best camcorder of 2009 CES! I have owned a few others and none of them had true O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) and I assure you that this one does. My others had E.I.S. (Electronic Image Stabilization) and believe me there is a big difference. I have noticed a few other reviews on this camcorder, and some say the image stabilization works great out to 20x and good to 40x 70x is still tripod territory. That's good advise as a tripod will assist in producing great videos with virtually no camcorder movement. Please don't be confused between the O.I.S and plain old camcorder movement, with camcorder movement at 70x optical zoom the object that you are looking at may move somewhat due to arm and body movement, BUT notice with O.I.S. the image remains clear and crisp, with great detail, even with some hand shakiness. With E.I.S camcorders, which usually have less zoom capabilities, approx. 40x optical zoom, you'd notice while zoomed out, not only is there camcorder movement BUT the image is also a bit blurry and has limited detail, due in part to hand shakiness. So don't be confused or fooled by plain camcorder movement or the difference between O.I.S vs. E.I.S, as Panasonic's SDR-S26 with O.I.S and 70x optical zoom will absolutely exceed your expectations, as did mine, and amaze you with a spectacular camcorder experience. I am an extremely satisfied owner of the Panasonic SDR-S26 Camcorder, and I know you will be also. You can also search the WEB for the Panasonic sdr-s26 and view some of the you-tube video zoom tests that were performed by camcorder owners and see the quality of the O.I.S. and the 70x optical zoom for yourself.
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camcorder This was the first camcorder i've ever bought. I did my research and picked this one thank god, its a great little camcorder. It's really easy to use especially if you read the manual, it has great video quality, a plethora of features, and the O.I.S. is a neccessity! I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good quality camcorder that isn't too expensive. Fantastic Buy!
Date published: 2009-05-05
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Support

Owner's Manuals
FAQs
  • 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.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Consumer Product Support and Technical Assistance
Operating hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm EST
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