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Panasonic HDC-SD90 High Definition 3D^ SDHC/SDXC Digital Video Camera

Panasonic HDC-SD90 High Definition 3D^ SDHC/SDXC Digital Video Camera

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The Panasonic HDC-SD90 offers SDHC/SDXC* memory card recording giving you flexibility of storage and transfer of your movies. Featuring Full HD 1080/50p video recording and a 28mm wide-angle lens with 40x intelligent zoom, the SD90 is a great all-rounder in a super-compact body. Hybrid O.I.S image stabiliser with Active Mode delivers smooth images, even when walking. With the addition of the VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens (sold separately) you can capture awesome 3D images that you can playback on a 3DTV. A 3.0” LCD Touch Screen provides easy and intuitive operation and Intelligent Auto with Face Recognition ensures capturing beautiful-looking movies is a breeze in most situations.


* We recommend using Class 6 or higher memory cards for Full HD video recording.

SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats.



What are the features and how will they benefit you?

42x Intelligent Zoom Lens with 33.7mm wide-angle - When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high-zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges. 33.7mm wide angle so you can capture more in the shot – especially handy for groups, tight interior shots etc.

SDHC/SDXC* memory card recording – Records to SD/SDHC and now extra capacity SDXC* memory cards for complete flexibility and easy transfer of your video footage.

2.7” Touch Screen LCD – LCD with wide viewing angle of 170 degrees. Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Touch Zoom to zoom in, and Touch Shutter to focus on subject. Easily flip through images in playback as well. Auto power adjusts to night or day conditions.

Crystal Engine Pro – built to handle the huge amount of data processing with HD images, this redesigned image processor claims improved noise reduction.

Large 1/5.8” MOS Sensor – captures beautiful 1920x1080 video at 50i frames per second.

Hybrid O.I.S. Optical Image Stabiliser – combination of optical and digital shake suppression corrects hand-shake, even when zooming. Effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock. Active mode comes in handy when shooting while walking or playing with your children.

Intelligent Auto / Scene Detection - shooting conditions are detected, and the optimal scene mode is automatically selected. Even if the subject should change, there's no need to manually redo the settings, so you can concentrate entirely on your shot. Also functions in stills mode selecting between 5 scene modes.

Intelligent Contrast – Intelligent Contrast Control detects the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure accordingly, helping to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows.

Face Recognition – recognizes the faces of registered (up to 6) subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame.

Smile Shot - automatically detects subject smiles, and captures the best possible still image even while you're shooting movies.

Soft Skin Mode - When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable.

AF-AE Subject Tracking - Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal, that you want to focus on, and let AF/ AE Tracking do the rest. The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed.

Still Picture Recording - lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 3.0 megapixels. Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 3.0-megapixel still images of any scene you want

Quick Power On – wakes in standby mode in approx. 1.0 seconds, ready to shoot when you are.

Composition Guide Lines - With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The LCD has horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level.

LED Video Light - When the camera determines that the ambient lighting is insufficient, it automatically switches the light on. This illuminates your subject for shooting. The LED (light emitting diode) has low power consumption, a long service life, and the safety of a low operating temperature.

Focus Assist - shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on LCD when manually focusing, to ensure consistently clear, sharp images.

High Speed Burst (60fps) - take up to 60 consecutive still images in a second, or up to 180 consecutive shots in 3 seconds. You can use it to analyse a golf swing, tennis stroke or other motion. You also can use it to get good shots of subjects in fast motion.

Pre Rec Function - records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. Helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record.

Tele Macro - shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 70cm from your subject.

Color Night Rec/Colour Night View - Leave the light off. Color Night Rec/Colour Night View gives you images with color even in dim lighting (1 lx).

Highlight Playback - Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, and plays them, with music.

Face Highlight, Highlight and Time Frame Index - The index function has been enhanced with the addition of a feature that divides each recorded scene into a number of smaller scenes, and displays thumbnails for each. This makes it much easier to find a particular part of a scene without having to fast-forward.

Zoom Mic – linked with the camera’s zoom function, this allows you to more-clearly record your subject.

Wind Noise Canceller - automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, to give you natural sounds with lifelike ambience.

AGS (Anti Ground Shooting) - detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and media storage space.

HDMI Output with Viera Link – connect to a HDTV using mini-HDMI to HDMI cable (sold separately) for easy playback of HD video and audio. If you have a Viera the TV remote will operate the camcorder.

Editing, Archiving and YouTube™ Uploading - HD Writer AE3.0 software, included with the camcorder, makes it easy to play or edit videos on your PC and have more fun when the shooting’s done. Encoding for upload to YouTube is made easy as well.

Easy Archiving - has a USB Host function that lets you connect directly to a Blu-ray or DVD burner (sold separately) via a USB cable. Then just press a button and you can copy the moving images you recorded from the Hard Drive or SD card to a Blu-ray (AVCHD) or DVD (MPEG-2) disc.




What's in the box?

Panasonic HDC-SD90 Digital Video Camera
AV Multi Cable (component)
USB Cable
Hot shoe adapter
AC Adapter (VSK0712)
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (VW-VBK180) 
2x CD-ROM (HD Writer, Manual)
Instruction Manual (basic)
12 Month Warranty from Panasonic Australia


To get started, DCW recommends....


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Secure Digital Cards are available in standard speed, or other options include USB connectivity and high speed cardsHigh Speed cards are required for recording High Definition Video (on compatible camcorders)

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Take your videography to the next level with these optional accessories


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Flash Lights
Viewfinder & LCD





Specifications of the Panasonic HDC SD90 Digital Video Camera



Power Supply (Battery / AC Adapter)

DC3.6V / 5.0V

Power Consumption

Max. 5.2W (Recording) / Max. 7.7W (Charging)

Weight (w/o Battery)

approx. 244g

Dimension (W x H x D)

50.5 x 63.0 x 118.5 [mm]


SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

On-Screen Display Language

Please refer to "OSD" sheet


Image Sensor

1/4.1-type MOS (For Europe)
1/4.1" MOS (For Asia)

Total Pixels

3.32 megapixels

Effective Pixels - Motion Image

1.94 megapixels - 2.61 megapixels [16:9]

Effective Pixels - Still Image

2.09 megapixels- 2.52 megapixels [3:2]
1.94 megapixels - 2.61 megapixels [16:9]
2.18 megapixels - 2.24 megapixels [4:3]


Lens Brand

Panasonic Lens

F Value

F1.8(WIDE) / 3.5(TELE)

Optical Zoom


Focal Length


35mm Film camera Equivalent

28.0-729mm (16:9) [Motion Image]
31.7-730mm (3:2), 28.0-729mm (16:9), 34.2-729mm (4:3) [Still Image]

Filter Diameter

41.5mm (When attached to a step-up ring)


Standard Illumination

1400 lx

Minimum Illumination

4.0 lx (1/25 Low Light scene mode)
1 lx (Color Night View)

Image Stabiliser

HYBRID O.I.S. [Optical Image Stabiliser]


Auto / Manual

White Balance

Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set

Shutter Speed - Motion Image

Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000
OFF : 1/50-1/8000

Shutter Speed - Still Image

1/2-1/2000, video flash: 1/2-1/500


Auto / Manual

Zoom - Intelligent Zoom OFF


Zoom - Intelligent Zoom


Zoom - Digital Zoom

60x / 1500x (The maximum value of zoom magnification)

Backlight Compensation





Monitor (LCD)

7.6cm (3.0") Wide LCD (230, 400 dots) (For Europe)
" 3.0" Wide LCD (230, 400 dots) (For Asia)


Recording Format


Recording Image Size - Still Picture

5.0 megapixels (2592 x 1944), 1.9 megapixels (1600 x 1200), 0.3megapixels (640 x 480) [4:3]
4.8 megapixels (2688 x 1792), 1.9 megapixels (1680 x 1120) [3:2]
4.5 megapixels (2816 x 1584), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) [16:9]

Recording Image Size - Simultaneous Recording

4.5 megapixels (2816 x 1584), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) [16:9]

Recording Image Size - Creating still picture from motion picture

2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) [16:9]




Max. 999 images


Signal System

1080 / 50p, 1080 / 50i

Recording Format

1080 / 50p : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format)
HA / HG / HX / HE : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)

Recording / Playback Mode

1080 / 50p (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HA (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HG (13Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HX (9Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HE (5Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)

Audio Recording System

Dolby Digital (2ch)


2ch Stereo, Zoom Microphone


Dynamic type

Media Remaining Indication






Yes (mini)

Microphones (stereo mini)


Headphone (stereo mini)



2.0 Hi-Speed

AV multi



LED Video Light


Accessory Shoe

Yes (Cold)


AC Adaptor


AC Cable


DC Cable

included AC Adaptor

Rechargeable Battery Pack

min. 1790 mAh / Lithium-Ion

AV multi Cable


AV Cable


IR Remote


Shoe adaptor


USB Cable


SD Memory Card


Included Software

HD Writer AE 3.0

Lens hood


Stylus Pen



* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice