Panasonic HDC-SD10 review

The HDC-TM10's little brother is cheaper but still a strong contender

Panasonic HDC-SD10
The Panasonic HDC-SD10 has an amazing amount of technology crammed into a small lightweight chassis

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Twinned with the Panasonic HDC-TM10, the only way to tell these two HD camcorders apart is that the HDC-TM10 features 8GB of extra flash memory alongside its SD/SDHC slot.

With only a £30 difference in pricing (at least on Amazon's UK store), the SD-only HDC-SD10 feels a little redundant. Given the choice, we'd opt for the slightly pricier TM10 every time.

We liked:

Like the HDC-TM10, the HDC-SD10 is gloriously lightweight and surprisingly versatile.

The range of automatic features (from face detection to intelligent scene selection) means that it's easy to produce great HD footage even if you've never picked up a video camera before

Extra (and longer-life) batteries are available to extend your shoots, while Panasonic also supplies a DC cable so you can run the HDC-SD10 off the mains.

We disliked:

The HDC-SD10 doesn't like fast panning.

And for only £30 more, you can get the superior HDC-TM10, which features 8GB of internal flash memory, plus an SD card slot. Plug in a 32GB SDHC card and you've got 40GB of blank space to play with.


Panasonic has a great heritage when it comes to camcorders – the Panasonic HDC-SD9 is another TechRadar favourite.

If we hadn't already road-tested the HDC-TM10, then we'd be tapping our login details to Amazon to see how many of these lovely little camcorders are currently in stock.

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