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Model

Panasonic HDC-SD600Sony HDR-HC9
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDC-SD600HDR-HC9
European name ?HDC-SD600HDR-HC9E
US name ?HDC-SD600HDR-HC9
lowest US price 949 $911 $
On the market since June 2010 February 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
MiniDV
HDV
Recording Medium SDHC card
SDXC card
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Leica
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?12 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?35 mm41,3 mm
Filter diameter ?46 mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?31
Size of image sensor ?1/4, 1 inch
1/2, 9 inches
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2530000 Pixel 2280000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/8.0001/10.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/251/3
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?No
Yes
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?100% Off
70%
100%
Histogram ?Yes
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
No
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
No
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ?Out mini
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?No
Mini-jack
Cinch
Headphones ?No
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
Yes
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 325 g550 g
Weight (with battery) 385 g 
Battery type Panasonic VW-VBG 130
Sony NP-FH60
Battery capacity 1250 mAh1000 mAh
Charger ?external
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 62 mm82 mm
Width 66 mm82 mm
Depth 126 mm138 mm
Relative Size ?59
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?- Color
Viewfinder format ?- 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 123200 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 2,7 Inch2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?230400 Pixel 211200 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Focus switcher ?No
Yes
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
 
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?2100000 Pixel 1991000 Pixel
Resolutions ?1920x1080
4000 x 3000 - Max
2848x2136
2848x1602
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials optional 1080p50 recording with 28 Mbit/s&"Smooth Slow Record" slow motion mode: 3 seconds are recorded with 200 half frames/sec., resulting in a 4-fold slow motion.However, the recording is without sound and in poorer image quality.
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution  
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website PanasonicWebsite Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?GoodSatisfactory
Resolution ?Very goodSatisfactory
Color performance ?Very goodSatisfactory
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?GoodSufficient
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?SufficientSatisfactory
Handling ?GoodSatisfactory
Portability ? Excellent Very good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
384310
Pros + Sharpness and colour at the upper AVCHD limit
+ Many manual controls
+ 1080p50
+ good subjective image impression
Cons - setting focus manually is a little complicated
- low resolution display
- low color resolution
- color moirees
Conclusion Costing 200 Euro less, the SD600 lacks a lot compared to the SD707 (viewfinder, lens ring, accessory shoe, mic and headphone jacks).Also the display is smaller and setting the focus manually is harder without a lens ring.But still, it is an interesting camera for those filming in automatic mode.The Sony HDR-HC9 has a fairly good brightness resolution, but tends to show quite significant color moirés on fine details.The color resolution is only on SD-level, which makes for a rather soft image impression.In terms of color the HC7 is neutral.The wide angle is very limited for indoor shots, lens errors keep whithin limits though.In low-light situations the HC7 produces somewhat colorless and dark images.The touchscreen brings no points in the equipment grades.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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