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Panasonic HX-DC1 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 181g MOS Aug 2011
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- Full HD recording: 1920 x 1080- Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards or built in memory (80MB)- Recording format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and iFrame- High quality image engine- 5x optical zoom- 12x... More
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17 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 123 user and expert reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its big sensor size video cameras compared to other brands.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HX-DC1, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price].

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Full HD

The Panasonic HX-DC1 is Full HD. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC1 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC1.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-DC1 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SD 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 similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-DC1.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

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

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3D Compatible

The Panasonic HX-DC1 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC1 which are not 3D compatible.

We compared all the other 3D compatible camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HC-V707[pl_1350701_price], and the HC-X920[pl_1974849_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price].

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Very Light

The weights of camcorders of this age and spec range from 65g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 670g. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is one of the lighter video cameras that were released more than two years ago (only 181 grams) amongst video cameras of this age.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

At 11.9 megapixels, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a fairly high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The movie megapixel counts of camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-DC1 range from 1.1MP to 17MP.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC1.

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4352 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HX-DC1 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4352 x 3264. That's over six times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this camcorder). This video camera also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1280 x 720 and 1600 x 1200 and 4352 x 2448. The best still image resolution of all camcorders of this type and age is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the worst video mode is 480p and the best is 1080p.

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4352 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HX-DC1 is 4352 x 3264 pixels. That's over seven times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1 maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels to 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HX-DC1 is more than most camcorders of this type and age. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC1. The cable included "AV" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Small

The depths of camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1 range from 21mm to 480mm. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is one of the smaller big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago (only 86.2 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Very Small

The widths of big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC1 range from 15mm to 230mm, and the average width is 87mm. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is quite small (only 37.7 millimeters) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-DC1.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of camcorders of this age and spec is 1x and the biggest is 40x. The Panasonic HX-DC1 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 5 times zoom factor) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

If this Panasonic camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price] (10x), the GC-PX100[pl_1725509_price] (10x), or the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (10x) all from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-DC1 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to look at including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The smallest digital zoom of big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC1 is 2x and the biggest is 1,500x.

If this Panasonic camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V720[plb_1896371_price] (60x).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-DC1 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1 is 1,600mAh. With a battery capacity of only 700 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has one of the lower battery capacities amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a better image stabiliser type than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has a Digital image stabiliser, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it have an Optical image stabiliser. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

This camcorder's image stabiliser type (Digital) is in fact the worst image stabiliser type amongst all big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC1.

An Optical image stabiliser is the best image stabiliser type across similar types of camcorder.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC1 range from 1lx to 17lx. When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC1 that we have assessed, the minimum illumination of the Panasonic HX-DC1 of 17 lux is one of the biggest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC1

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen size video cameras currently available including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], or the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

If you want a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Sony FDR-AX1[plb_1621641_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this Panasonic camcorder was released.

Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
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
USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00885170044708, 00885170044722, 05060319630669

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