The SD40K has unusually long battery life for a camcorder in this class, you can shoot for approximately 135 minutes with a single battery charge. The one negative for this camcorder is that there is no internal memory, you need to have a separate SD card. You can purchase an 8GB card for as low as $8 that will record around 100 minutes of HD video.
This camcorder features a good quality 16.8x optical zoom lens, a very attractive feature for this low price range.
Effective Image Stabilization
A problem for most camcorders in the lower price ranges is that using the zoom will result in very shaky video, but the SD40K has very effective image stabilization which produces smooth video even while using the 16.8x zoom.
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The 2.7 inch LCD screen provides a bright, sharp image and is quite intuitive to use.
Connect straight to your HDTV
There is a HDMI (mini out) connector that enables you to directly connect to your HDTV to view your videos.
There are 4 reviews on Amazon right now for this relatively new camcorder, 2 give the SD40K the highest 5 star rating and 2 give it a 4 star rating. The camcorder is very easy to carry around, easy to use and it produces excellent quality hi-def video. Very strong zoom and image stabilization for under $250, this deal is tough to beat.