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Panasonic HX-DC2 Camcorder

14.4MP 162g CMOS 5x Jun 2012
Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
Active HD Camcorder HX-DC2 - A Stylish, Easy-to-Handle Full-HD Camcorder For Active Use You can shoot motion images with a maximum 15x Intelligent Zoom and no image quality degradation. The... More
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Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HX-DC2, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Panasonic HX-WA30, or the JVC GZ-R15 which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Panasonic HX-DC2 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-DC2, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has an HDMI port.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-DC2 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This video camera also 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC2.

An MS Pro-HG memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a fairly high movie megapixel count (11.9 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-DC2. Video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-DC2 have movie megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 17MP.

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Very Light

The lightest video camera that was launched around the same time as the HX-DC2 is 65g weight, the heaviest is 3.3kg, and the average weight is 670g. The Panasonic HX-DC2 is one of the lighter big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-DC2 (only 180 grams) amongst video cameras of this age.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the easypix DVC5127 Trip (£51.11) (190g).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HX-DC2 also have a built-in display.

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4352 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HX-DC2 is 4352 x 3264. That's over six times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-DC2. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1920 and 4352 x 2448. The still image resolution of all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC2 ranges from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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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 similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HX-DC2 the best video mode is 1080p and the worst is 480p.

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4352 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HX-DC2 is 4352 x 3264 pixels. That's over seven times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The worst maximum image resolution of all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC2 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HX-DC2 is more than most video cameras of a comparable 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 this spec and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Small

The smallest big sensor size camcorder that is a comparable age to the HX-DC2 is 21mm deep, the biggest is 480mm, and the average depth is 150mm. With a depth of only 38.1 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC2 is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 5 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The optical zooms of camcorders of this age and spec range from 1x to 40x.

If this Panasonic camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the GZ-GX1 (10x and higher rated), the GC-PX100 (£843.00) (10x and higher rated), or the GZ-VX815 (£379.99) (10x and higher rated) all from JVC.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC2 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the NEX-VG20, or the HDR-PJ810 both from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that are a similar age to the HX-DC2 are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HX-DC2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the HC-V707, or the HC-X920 (£419.00) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HX-DC2 is not waterproof. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HX-DC2 are also not waterproof.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is waterproof then you might want to consider the Panasonic HX-WA30, or the JVC GZ-R15 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HX-DC2 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ580, the HDR-PJ650, or the HDR-PJ810 all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

Across all the camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HX-DC2 the battery capacities range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh. The Panasonic HX-DC2 has one of the lower battery capacities (only 700 milliamperes * hour) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This camcorder has an Optical viewfinder, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that are a similar age to it. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 91,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 610,000 pixels. At only 230,400 pixels, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC2.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

Video cameras of this age and type have minimum focal lengths of between 2.8mm and 40mm, and the average minimum focal length is 28mm. At 39.9 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a quite high minimum aperture (3.5) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC2. The lowest minimum aperture of big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HX-DC2 is 1.1, the highest is 11, and the average minimum aperture is 2.7.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC2

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Screen Size

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a pretty standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-DC2.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ580 which has better reviews.

If this Panasonic video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony FDR-AX1 (£2,519.00) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ650 (160x), or the HDR-PJ810 (160x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
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
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

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Modalit Panorama
Porta miniHDMI
HDR
Intelligent Zoom 15x
Active E
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxdc2e, hxdc2ef, hxdc2egw, hxdc2efh, panasonic hxdc2, panasonic hxdc2e, hxdc2egwvidcampa, panasonic hxdc2ef, panasonic hxdc2eb, panasonic hxdc2ebw, panasonic hxdc2efh
Barcodes 05025232659296, 05025232659302, 05025232659319, 05025232659371, 05711045371844, 08887549454233

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