The new Panasonic HDC-SX5 may be less sexy than the tiny-wee HDC-SD5, but in addition to the same optical image stabilizer, Leica Dicomar lenses and 30 fps Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 in SD and SDHC cards recording, it can also capture to double-layer DVD-R discs. Price and specs after the jump.



The HDC-SX5 comes out this September, but for a hundred bucks less: $899.95.

Panasonic HDC-SX5 Signal system HD: 1080 lines, 60 fields STD: 525 lines, 60 fields Weight (w/o Battery) 1,20 lb Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.3 x 3.7 x 5.9 inch

Image sensor
1/6-inch CCD image sensor
Total pixels: 560 k x 3
Effective pixels Motion Picture: 520 k x 3 (16:9)
Still Picture: 520 k x 3 (16:9)

Auto iris, 10x power zoom
F 1.8 to 2.8 (f = 3.0 to 30.0mm)
35mm equivalent
Motion picture: 42.9 to 429 mm (16:9)
Still picture: 42.9 to 429mm (16:9)
Filter diameter 37 mm
Zoom 10x optical zoom, 25/700x digital zoom

Monitor 2.7'' wide LCD monitor (approx. 300 k pixels)
Microphone Stereo Zoom Microphone
Speaker Dynamic type

White balance adjustment Auto / White Set / Outdoor / Indoor (with IR sensor)
Standard illumination 1,400 lux
Minimum required illumination 5 lux (1/30 low light mode) (1 lux in Magic Pix mode)
High-speed shutter 1/30 - 1/8000 (Motion Picture), 1/30-1/8000 (Still Picture)

Recording media 8cm DVD-RAM Ver2.1 / DVD-R for General Ver2.0 / DVD-RW Ver1.1 2x-
speed (2x / 1x) / DVD-R for DL Ver3.0 / SDHC/SD Memory Card
USB Card reader / writer function ( No copyright protection support)
High-Speed USB (USB2.0) (miniB)
Pict Bridge-compliant
Flash Available flash range: approx. 1m to 2.5m
Standard accessories AC Adaptor, Battery Pack, IR Remote Controller, USB Cable,
component Cable, AV-Cable, CD-ROM (HD Writer Ver 2.0)

Motion pictures
Compression HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
Transfer rate
HD HG: approx. 13 Mbps (CBR)/ HN: approx. 9 Mbps (VBR)/
HE: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)

STD XP: approx. 10Mbps (VBR)/ SP: approx. 5Mbps (VBR)/
LP: approx. 2.5Mbps (VBR)
Picture size HD HG: 1920 x 1080, HN/HE: 1440 x 1080
Audio compression Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3)/ 2ch

Still pictures
Compression JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2 compliant)
Picture size 1920 x 1080 / 2.1MEGA (16:9)