Published on July 30th,2007 at 12:07 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

The World’s Smallest Camcorder?

In an announcement made by the fine folks at Panasonic, the company is claiming that its new HDC-SD5 is in fact the world’s smallest 3CCD Full HD camcorder. And considering its dimensions are a minute 2.6 x 2.6 x 5.3-inches and it weighs just .75-pounds, there’s no wonder the company is making such claims.

Besides its size, the camera sports 1,920 x 1,080 30fps recording on SD or SDHC cards as well as image stabilizations Leica Dicomar lenses. Look for it in September for a cool $1000.

Full specs after the pictures.

Signal system 1080 lines, 60 fields Weight (w/o Battery) 0.75 lb Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.6 x 2.6 x 5.3 inch

Image sensor
1/6-inch CCD image sensor
Total pixels: 560 k x 3

Effective pixels
Motion Picture: 520 k x 3(16:9)
Still Picture: 520 k x 3 (16:9)

Auto iris, 10x power zoom
F 1.8 to 2.8 (f = 3.0 to 30.0mm)
35mm equivalent
Motion picture: 42.9 to 429 mm (16:9)
Still picture: 42.9 to 429 mm (16:9)
Filter diameter 37 mm
Zoom 10x optical zoom, 25/700x digital zoom

Monitor 2.7” wide LCD monitor (approx. 300 k pixels)
Microphone Stereo Zoom Microphone
Speaker Dynamic type
White balance adjustment Auto / White Set / Outdoor / Indoor (with IR sensor)
Standard illumination 1,400 lux

Minimum required illumination 5 lux (1/30 low light mode) (1 lux in Magic pix mode)

High-speed shutter 1/30 – 1/8000 (Motion Picture), 1/30-1/8000 (Still Picture)

Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

USB Card reader / writer function ( No copyright protection support)
High-Speed USB (USB2.0) (miniAB)
Pict Bridge-compliant
Flash Available flash range: approx. 1m to 2.5m
Standard accessories AC Adaptor, Battery Pack, IR Remote Controller, USB Cable,
component Cable, AV-Cable, CD-ROM (HD Writer Ver 2.0)

Motion pictures
Compression MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
Transfer rate HG: approx. 13 Mbps (CBR)/ HN: approx. 9 Mbps (VBR)/
HE: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Picture size HG: 1920 x 1080, HN/HE: 1440 x 1080
Audio compression Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3)/ 2ch

Still pictures
Compression JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2 compliant)
Picture size 1920 x 1080 / 2.1MEGA (16:9)
HE: approx. 6

Via Gizmodo
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  • RyoHazuki

    Okay. I am a bit confused.

    Is this availavle in Japan already and the announcement is that these models will be introduced for the N. America market during September? (I think I stumbled upon such article somewhere)

    Do you have any idea? I really am interested in that camera (actually, I would opt for the sony, but they dont have english interface, only in the over(prices)seas models.


  • Daimaou

    Just Wait for tomorrow… Since Pana Japan will announce it tomorrow… also wait for tomorrow to get our photos and HD Video

  • Chris

    please I want a HD Video of this HD Camera :D (lol what a coinsidence). I am really considering of buying this one. My old Tape SD Camera from Canon Mvx4i broke about 2 months ago and the repair costs are so high, I could easily afford this one instead of repairing this.

  • RyoHazuki

    Daimaou – I will wait!

    I’ll be back :-D

  • hanfon

    its the SD3 rebranded for US and europe…the SD3 which we wait for a review



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