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Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB HDD digital Video Camera for $499

Posted By: sab988, posted 2008/01/21 17:10
Deals direct are selling this 40GB HDD digital video camera for a steal of $499.

Specs are
* 40GB HDD
* 42x optical zoom
* 2.7 LCD
* USB out directly to DVD burner

Note that this has recently been announced by Panasonic so for a sub-$500 DV Camera, ths is a gr8 bargain. However, deals direct have mentioned at the bottom of the page description that this is a parallel import so they are only offering 30 days warranty as they cannot guarantee local warranty.

Record onto the built-in 40GB hard disc drive or SDHC / SD memory cards for longer recording time with the Panasonic SRD-H40 digital video camera.

Holding as much data as 28 DVD discs, the internal hard drive lets you record continuously for up to 36 hours*2 without changing a disc, memory card or other recording media.

High Picture Quality

The H40 features Advanced O.I.S. and a 42x Optical Zoom. Advanced O.I.S. prevents blurry images caused by unsteady hands as you shoot, so images are clear, sharp and beautiful when displayed on a big TV screen. The 42x Optical Zoom lens is the most powerful zoom available, and also features low distortion.

Shooting Functions

The internal 40GB* hard disk drive lets you record for up to 36 hours**. And the Anti-Shock Shield helps protect recorded video data from damage due to jolts and impact.
* 1GB means 1,000,000,000 bytes.
** In LP mode

Editing / Networking

Connecting the camera via USB cable to a DVD Burner*, and pressing a single button is all it takes to copy recorded video clips from an SDHC/SD Memory Card or a hard disk to a DVD disc. The disc you make can be played on DVD players, so playback is easy too.
* Optional VW-BN1 DVD Burner - not included.

Power LCD Plus

You can set the LCD to any of five brightness levels for optimal viewing in a variety of lighting conditions. When shooting outdoors on a sunny day, make the LCD brighter. When shooting indoors, lower it. This not only makes the LCD easier to see, it's also easier on your eyes.
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  • nod2008/01/22 10:51:47
    Shame about the warranty only being 30 days :(
    I think it would be worth giving Panasonic a ring in Oz to check if there is any chance of getting warranty cover if you were interested in getting this camera

    You are looking at a price of around $900+ elsewhere - so the saving of $400 is very very good

    They do have one on Ebay for $600 with a 12 month Australian warranty - so is the warranty worth $100??
  • hellwolf2008/01/22 10:54:27
    nod
    Shame about the warranty only being 30 days :(
    I think it would be worth giving Panasonic a ring in Oz to check if there is any chance of getting warranty cover if you were interested in getting this camera

    You are looking at a price of around $900+ elsewhere - so the saving of $400 is very very good

    They do have one on Ebay for $600 with a 12 month Australian warranty - so is the warranty worth $100??


    Unless Deals Direct source the cameras from Panasonic Australia or from an authorised Panasonic Australia reseller, Panasonic Australia will not allow you to purchase a warranty from them.
  • nod2008/01/22 10:57:09
    So if you purchase the item from an overseas Panasonic reseller then still no warranty??
    I guess not for OZ


    The thing with warranty is they are like insurance. 99% of the time you don't need it but the 1% that you do can become a very big headache

    I guess you could buy two :D
  • sab9882008/01/22 11:00:22
    on this webpage in the table it states in regards to panasonic international warranty : " [COLOR=#000000]Thank you for your e-mail. Only if a international warranty is obtained at time of purchase this is only a limited 1 year for parts and 90 days free labour"

    The website is http://www.digitalcamera.com.au/warranty/warranty.shtml

    Its interesting to know that samsung cover digital camera's for international warranty :o. Well if they cover LCD's too, i might consider getting a 50" from the US
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  • nod2008/01/22 11:10:55
    I guess here Panasonic see the camera you buy from DD as second hand in a way.
    The warranty ideally is attached to the 1st sale - ie the 'overseas seller' sells to DD - the DD sell to you
    As soon as any item is passed on even if it is within the warranty period the warranty becomes null and void
  • hellwolf2008/01/22 11:23:20
    nod
    I guess here Panasonic see the camera you buy from DD as second hand in a way.
    The warranty ideally is attached to the 1st sale - ie the 'overseas seller' sells to DD - the DD sell to you
    As soon as any item is passed on even if it is within the warranty period the warranty becomes null and void


    Panasonic Australia don't honour overseas warranties because each country has it's price set according to the market conditions. DD are probably getting the cameras from somewhere like Malaysia where they are sold cheaper than here. Since Panasonic Australia don't get anything from the sale I think it makes sense that they wouldn't want to honour the warranty.
  • nod2008/01/22 11:27:29
    This opens a very interesting point I think - how can Panasonic justify the extra price for the Australian market. And such a big difference too
    IS the price set to cover 'extra' costs or is it simply the price that the market will bear?

    The manufacture costs are the same - they would be an extra cost for shipping and poss for marketing but would that equate to 100's of dollars price difference?
  • hellwolf2008/01/22 11:41:35
    Just like with Microsoft pricing for Windows products, it is the price that the market is willing to pay for the product.
  • nod2008/01/22 11:46:32
    Have to second the comment on MS

    I think that it is far to have small differences in price because the cost providing a certain product for sale will vary between countries but is this case I think it is just a wee bit toooooo much

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