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SD Card Standard Definition Camcorder

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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™

Features

Enjoy optical 70x ultra-zooming for a longer period of time.

 

Optical 70x Ultra Zoom and Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization)
This 70x zoom lens has the power you need to take dramatic close-ups or get remarkable shots of even distant subjects. But with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand shake has a huge effect on picture quality. That's where optical image stabilization comes in. Panasonic's Advanced O.I.S. shifts a corrective lens as you shoot to help eliminate the effects of hand shake, so you get clear, sharp shots even at high zoom levels. It's an essential feature for getting the most out of this incredible zoom lens.

Make optimal settings automatically - for both still and motion images with iA (Intelligent Auto)
With the S26, you can use the iA function whether you're shooting in motion or still images. In iA mode the camera detects the shooting situation and automatically activates whichever functions - such as Advanced O.I.S., Face Detection, and Intelligent Scene Selector - will deliver the optimal results. Forget about bothersome settings during important scenes and trust iA to give you the optimal shots.

Anyone can enjoy easy, video uploading! Easy Uploading to YouTube(TM) - with the included software "VideoCam Suite"
Step 1: Shoot. YouTube(TM) limits videos to 10 minutes. In Web mode the camcorder uses a 10-minute countdown system, so you're assured that the recording won't be too long for YouTube(TM), and you won't have to edit it down after shooting.
Step 2: Connect. The Upload mode in the VideoCam Suite is automatically activated as soon as the camcorder is connected to the PC.
Step 3: Upload. To upload, simply choose the image file you want and click the Upload button. Encoding is no longer a hassle, as the software does all the work for you.

Quick and Easy Editing - VideoCam Suite 2.0
The software walks you through simple editing steps. You'll find it easy to edit your own videos even if you've never done it before.

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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