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Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 265g MOS Oct 2011
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Intelligent 42x Zoom And HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Beautiful zoom shots of distant subjects. The HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to... More
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21 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Two customers agreed that the Panasonic HDC-HS80 was comfortable and easy to hold. Cnet.com.au wrote on CNET.com.au four years ago “Comfortable to hold” but in spite of that they only scored the Panasonic HDC-HS80 65 out of 100. Cnet.com.au also said “Due to its diminutive size the HDC-H 80 is a joy to hold for long periods of time”.

One Panasonic HDC-HS80 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The Panasonic HDC-H 80 is a great camera to use the button placement is intuitive and natural”.

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Good Quality Lens

One person who bought the Panasonic HDC-HS80 thought it had a good zoom. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The two biggest winners on the HDC-H 80 are the zoom lens and optical image stabilisation”. One Panasonic HDC-HS80 owner who bought it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Cnet.com.au wrote “Effective image stabilisation” in their Panasonic HDC-HS80 review.

Good Technical Features

One person said that the Panasonic HDC-HS80 had good features. Cnet.com.au mentioned “Sure there are other cameras, offering better features” in their review of the Panasonic HDC-HS80.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic is one of the superior video camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Panasonic also has good ratings for its small sensor size camcorders.

Reasonably Priced

One customer reckoned that this camcorder was good value for money. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “None as good at this price point” in their review of the Panasonic HDC-HS80.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic HDC-HS80 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic HDC-HS80 was good quality. Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The HS80 lacks the sleekness of its competitors and the video quality, while satisfactory, fails to break any new ground” in their review of this camcorder.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this age and type.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 is 800x. At 2,000 times zoom factor, the HDC-HS80 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the HC-V500[pl_406538_price] (2,500x), or the HC-V130[pl_2196459_price] (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-HS80, the HDC-HS80 is Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDC-HS80.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], the JVC GZ-E100[plb_1724571_price], and the Sharp HC-V550[plb_2224111_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDC-HS80 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ220[plb_1537009_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. This video camera also 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-HS80.

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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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

When compared to other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDC-HS80 that we have assessed, the Panasonic HDC-HS80's maximum fash memory capacity of 120 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Across all the video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDC-HS80 the maximum fash memory capacities range from 4GB to 120GB.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 120 gigabytes, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a very large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-HS80. The smallest internal storage capacity of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDC-HS80 is 2GB and the largest is 120GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-HS80, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 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 Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HDC-HS80 is more than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDC-HS80. The white balance mode "Cloudy" is also found on this video camera.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Small

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago (only 108 millimeters) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The smallest video camera of a comparable age and type to the HDC-HS80 is 27mm deep and the biggest is 1,200mm.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDC-HS80 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDC-HS80 maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels to 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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14 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Expert review site CNET.com.au scored this Panasonic camcorder 65%.

Poor Design

One person considered that this camcorder was not a good design. Cnet.com.au wrote “The design is clumsy and not sleek like some other models within the same price range” in their review.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDC-HS80 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HDC-HS80 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The smallest screen size of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-HS80 is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3".

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel count of the HDC-HS80 of only 1.12 megapixels is one of the lowest amongst camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-HS80. The average megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-HS80 is 2.5MP, and the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-HS80.

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Only 2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HDC-HS80 is 2064 x 1376. That's 66% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-HS80. Across all camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDC-HS80 the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at include the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the HDC-HS80 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the HDC-HS80 does not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The HDC-HS80 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-HS80 are also not waterproof.

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Only 960 X 540 Pixels Video Resolution

The HDC-HS80 supports a 960 x 540 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. Camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDC-HS80 video resolutions range from 640 x 360 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Quite High Typical Power Consumption

The average typical power consumption of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-HS80 is 3.7W, and the typical power consumption range from 1.8W to 12W. The HDC-HS80 has one of the higher typical power consumption (7.7 Watts) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 has one of the bigger minimum illumination (7 lux) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders of this age and spec is 0.1lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-HS80

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over five years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-HS80 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (37x and higher rated), the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] (38x and higher rated), or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (38x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the HDC-HS80 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
10 January 2012

The HS80 lacks the sleekness of its competitors and the video quality, while satisfactory, fails to break any new ground...

Comfortable to hold
Warm, realistic colours
Effective image stabilisation
The Panasonic HDC-T 80
S 80 and H 80 camcorders provide manual controls in a functional, if somewhat boring, design
Poor low-light performance
Frustrating interface and menus
The sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
Theres not really much we can complain about on the HDC-H 80
Sure there are other cameras, offering better features but none as good at this price point

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdchs80, hdchs80k
Barcodes 00885170040328, 05025232625192

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