02.Colour & Noise Performance
03.Motion & Sharpness Performance
04.Low Light Performance
05.Compression & Media
08.Handling & Use
09.Playback & Connectivity
Audio & Other Features
• The camcorder has a built-in stereo mic (5-channel), an external mic input, and a headphone jack.
• There's no accessory shoe on the camcorder itself, but it comes with a slide-in shoe adapter.
• The Time Lapse Record feature can be used in conjunction with the 3D conversion lens.
Audio Features (6.0)
There are a lot of audio features on the HDC-SDT750... but don't get your hopes up, audiophiles. None of the audio features on the SDT750 are all that new, by which we mean all of them were previously found on the HDC-TM700 and the HDC-HS700.
For starters, the HDC-SDT750 has a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital microphone located on the top of the camcorder as well as an external mic and headphone jack on the right side. Depending on how you hold the camcorder, you may have some trouble accidentally rubbing the built-in mic with your fingertips, so be careful.
As for internal settings, you can perform manual audio level adjustments, view audio level displays, adjust bass controls, and turn on an advanced wind cut feature called Wind Noise Canceler. You can also siwitch the built-in mic over to record 2-channel stereo or turn on its zoom mic feature (which allows the mic to "center-in" on audio coming from a subject the lens is zoomed into).
|Panasonic HDC-SDT750||Canon HF S21||Sony HDR-CX550V||Panasonic HDC-TM700|
|External Mic Jack||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Headphone||Yes||Yes (shares with AV)||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in Mic||5.1-channel Dolby Digital||2-channel stereo||5.1-channel surround||5.1-channel Dolby Digital|
|Accessory Shoe||Yes (cold, with slide-in attachment)||Yes (hot, Canon proprietary)||Yes (hot, Sony proprietary)||Yes (cold, with slide-in attachment)|
|Audio Level Display||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Audio Level Control||Yes||Yes||Mic level Normal/Low||Yes|
|Wind Cut||Yes (Wind Noise Canceler)||Yes||No||Yes (Wind Noise Canceler)|
|Other Audio Feature(s)||Bass Settings, Focus Mic, 2-channel stereo option||Microphone Attenuator||2-channel stereo option||Bass Settings, Focus Mic, 2-channel stereo option|
Other Features (4.0)
A common feature on consumer camcorders, Pre Record lets you capture a few seconds of footage before you press the record button. This footage is stored in a continual buffer, but it only saves the few seconds of video it captures before you start actual recording. Can be very useful for shooting action sequences or sports.
Auto Ground Standby (AGS)
AGS isn't the most useful feature, but it can be helpful for people who have a difficult time remembering to hit the record button when the want to stop recording. With AGS activated, the camcorder will automatically stop recording if it detects the lens as being pointed towards the ground for a period of time. Again, this can be useful, but it can also be an unwanted nuisance if, say, you actually want to film something on the ground.
An option on the function menu, fader allows you to add faders to your video clips (at the beginning or end).
Time Lapse Record
To capture motion over a long period of time (like a flower blooming) you can use Time Lapse Record. You select a recording interval from 1, 10, 30, 60, or 120 seconds, and the camcorder will capture one frame of video at each of those intervals.
|Panasonic HDC-SDT750 Comparisons|
|Canon HF S21||Sony HDR-CX550V||Panasonic HDC-TM700|
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