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Panasonic HC-X909
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Panasonic HC-X909 Camcorder

3.05MP 1/4.1 425g Sep 2012
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18 Reasons For

Good Brand

Based on 123 owner and expert reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its small sensor size camcorders compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-X909 have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". At 3.46 inches, the HC-X909 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-X909.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (3.5"), or the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the HC-X909 is Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-X909 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-X909.

Alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to consider include the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon or the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-X909, the Panasonic HC-X909 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-X909 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and type.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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3D Compatible

The HC-X909 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-X909 are not 3D compatible.

There are a number of alternative 3D compatible video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00) which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Very High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 1,152,000 pixel, the HC-X909's display resolution is one of the highest amongst video cameras of this age and spec. The average display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 360,000 pixels.

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4896 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-X909 is 4896 x 3264 pixels. That's over eight times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-X909 the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Panasonic HC-X909 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-TM900.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|540p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The HC-X909 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this video camera.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 1.5, the HC-X909's minimum aperture is one of the lowest amongst comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HC-X909. Small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have minimum apertures of between 1.5 and 3.1, and the average minimum aperture is 1.8.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years have megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP. The HC-X909 has a fairly high megapixel count (2.19 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the HC-X909 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 23 times zoom factor, the HC-X909 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-X909. The average digital zoom of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-X909 is 800x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56 (£264.35) (57x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-X909 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. The Panasonic HC-X909 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 12 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 12x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HDC-TM900, or the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (£3,086.34) (20x).

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Heavy

The HC-X909 is fairly heavy (425 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The weights of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-X909 range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-X909 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-X909 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320 (£329.99).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the HC-X909 is not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The average maximum aperture value of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-X909 is 4.9, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22. The HC-X909 has a quite low maximum aperture value (only 2.8) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-X909.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD video format, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-X909

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this video camera was released.

1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HC-X909 is 1/4.1". That's 5% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/3.91".

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
CCD
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Back Light Compensation
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Auto Focus
Aperture Range
AV Output

Expert Reviews

14 September 2012

Nun hat man schöne HD-Videos gedreht, doch wie bekommt man die jetzt aus dem Gerät? Man will sie ja nicht immer nur vom Camcorder abspielen! Der Panasonic HD-Camcorder HC-X909 bietet da viele... Read more…

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcx909egk, hcx909egs, hcx909eg-s
Barcodes 05025232661442, 05025232661459

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