SD-5 Video

sd5.jpgOK, finally, an example of an HD movie from the Panasonic HDC-SD5 video camera. It's a 3-CCD camera that records 1920x1080 HD video to SD card in AVCHD. This isn't a perfect example because it's been edited in iMovie and exported as a 960x540 H.264 Quicktime movie. The original is higher resolution, but the size is too big to post. I suspect most people will end up using this size anyway.

Views of Vancouver 60 seconds: Download Quicktime - 27.9MB

As I've said before, I love this camera. It's compact and takes excellent video. The optical image stabilization works very well. For example, in the video above, the sequence with the photographer and woman on the Vancouver bridge was shot handheld zoomed all the way out.

The camera doesn't have a dedicated audio connector - so you're stuck with the on camera audio, but it's just right as a family camera. A really, really, high-quality family camera.