Panasonic SDR-S150 – a camcorder to withstand the elements

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Pitched as the camcorder ideally suited to the adventurous or sporty type, Panasonic’s SDR-S150 records onto SD memory cards, allowing the company to trim down the video camera so it’s small enough to slip into a pocket, as well as being resiliant enough to withstand everyday knocks and extreme conditions. 

The SDR-S150 uses a quality Leica Dicomar lens, which features 12 lens elements in 8 groups and low-dispersion optical glass to reduce chromatic aberration. A special multi-coating process is applied to 14 lens surfaces, minimising harmful reflections to deliver clear images free of flare and ghosting.

It also features a 3CCD camera system – the type used in most professional broadcast equipment, delivering strong colour reproduction, finer detail and richer gradation. Panasonic’s Crystal Engine image-processing circuitry processes the signal from each of the three CCDs independently, suppressing noise and enhancing the resolution. And for anyone with an unsteady hand, the Optical Image Stabiliser (O.I.S) offsets handshake or blurring when you’re on the move.

It’s also very solid – recently tested on TV "to destruction" for its resistance to moisture, vibration and heat – surviving to film the entire footage. I wouldn’t do that at home though if I was you.

The Panasonic SDR-S150 is available to buy later this year – exact price and shelf date to be confirmed.

Panasonic website

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Dave Walker