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models compared on this page: Panasonic HDC-SD10 and Sony HDR-CX11

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Model

Panasonic HDC-SD10Sony HDR-CX11
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDC-SD10HDR-CX11
European name ?HDC-SD10HDR-CX11E
US name ?HDC-SD10KHDR-CX12
lowest US price 405 $ 
On the market since June 2009 August 2008
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
Recording Medium SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?17 Mbit/s16 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Leica
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?16 x12 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?42 mm40 mm
Filter diameter ?43 mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
optical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/6 inch
1/3, 1 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?1170000 Pixel  
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/8.0001/auto
Maximum shutter time ?1/25auto
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
Yes
Expanded Focus ?Yes
No
Peaking ?No
No
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
Off
70%
100%
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
No
Adjustable color ?Yes
No
Cinegamma ?Yes
No
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
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
via accessories
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ?Out mini
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?No
No
Headphones ?No
No
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 227 g370 g
Weight (with battery)  450 g
Battery type Panasonic VW-VBG070
Sony NP-FH60
Battery capacity 725 mAh1000 mAh
Charger ?external
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 63 mm69 mm
Width 48 mm67 mm
Depth 115 mm130 mm
Relative Size ?36
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
No
Color Viewfinder ?- -
Viewfinder format ?- -
Viewfinder pixels ?  
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 211000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Focus switcher ?No
No
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
No
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Microphone ?Stereo internal
5.1 Internal
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
Audio levels ?Screen
No
Still

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Recording Medium ?SDHC card
Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ?No
4 GB
Effective pixels ?2100000 Pixel  
Resolutions ?1920 x 1080 - max
640x480
1600x1200
2848x2136
3680 x 2760
3680 x 2070
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials  -smile shutter: a photo is shot automatically when detecting a smiling face
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 ?SufficientGood
Resolution ?SufficientGood
Color performance ?GoodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?SatisfactoryVery good
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySufficient
Wide Angle ?SufficientSufficient
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?SufficientPoor
Handling ?SatisfactoryGood
Portability ? Excellent Very good
Photo function ?SufficientSatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Satisfactory
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
293340
Pros + manual controls for shutter and aperture
+ factory setting adjustable
+ manual, multi-functional ring
+ focus and exposure control via touchscreen works well
+ Good image in terms of sharpness and color
Cons - somewhat blurred compared with other HD video
- no manual shutter control
- no microphone and headphone jacks
Conclusion Handlingwise no other mini-cam is up to par with the Panasonic SD10.Others functions like the distortionless lens or the optical image stabilizer are realised well.Apart from its somwhat low image sharpness we think this camera is well done for its price.On the one hand, buying the CX11 is the cheapest way to get Sonys 1/3" Exmor image quality (which together with Canon is the non-plus-ultra in the price range of 1000 Euros camcorders).Other great features are the manual control ring and the menu control via touch screen (especially practical on small cameras, but not to be found on competing models).On the other hand a viewfinder, microphone / headphone jacks and manual shutter control are badly missed.Likewise negative: the high costs for memory sticksUnfortunately, the great display of the SR-11/12 was not used, but on the other hand the camera is clearly more compact than its HDD-siblings
More information

Reviews and Forums
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