Panasonic unveils world's smallest SD camcorder

Now then, what's this slender soap bar of a contraption from Panasonic. A digital camera perhaps? Well, close. It is in fact Panny's latest contributi

Now then, what's this slender soap bar of a contraption from Panasonic. A digital camera perhaps? Well, close. It is in fact Panny's latest contribution to pocket video recording kind, the SDR-S10.Normally, of course, we wouldn't be seen dead without an HD sticker on our camcorder but this tiny Tarantino is of such minuscule proportions that we can quite easily forgive the 'mere' standard definition 16:9 widescreen capture.Chuck in its super fast 1.7 second start-up and a 10x optical zoom and we'll happily pack this on our travels, especially as it's also a robust little fella. A drop from 1.2m is no problem and it's splash proof, to withstand wet hands fresh from the pool.At just three centimetres thick and a shade over 11 long, it cups gently in the hand with all the controls at the back nestled neatly under thumb. There's no optical viewfinder but the pop out widescreen will do nicely.Naturally it's out in Japan first but will be slipping through customs here in time for the summer.

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Panasonic SDR-S10 Price: £TBA On sale: May Contact: Panasonic Related links: SDR-S10 product pageRelated stories: Canon takes aim at JVC's true HD camcorder