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Panasonic HC-X909
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Panasonic HC-X909 Camcorder

3.05MP 1/4.1 425g MOS Aug 2012
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15 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 112 owner and expert reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its video cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-X909 range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". With a display diagonal of 3.46 inches, the HC-X909 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If this Panasonic video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] (3.5"), or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HC-X909 has an HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HC-X909.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-X909 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HC-X909 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of this age and spec. This camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. This video camera also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-X909.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

Similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-X909 have display resolution (numeric)s of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels. The display resolution (numeric) of the Panasonic HC-X909 of 1,152,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-X909.

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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 five times the maximum image resolution of a 2304 x 1296 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years 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

The HC-X909 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-X909 also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p|540p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number

Camcorders of this type and age have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.5 and 3.1. With a minimum aperture number of only 1.5, the HC-X909's minimum aperture number is one of the lowest amongst small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on video cameras of this age and type.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-X909 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-X909. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this camcorder.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-X909 are not Full HD. The Panasonic HC-X909 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the HC-X909 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 23 times zoom factor, the HC-X909 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-X909. The smallest digital zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price] (100x), or the HC-V130[pl_2196459_price] (100x) both from Panasonic.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-X909 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of only 12 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-X909 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst camcorders of this age.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 12x (optical) camcorders and we think the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], and the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Sony HXR-NX3[plb_2169464_price] (20x).

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Heavy

The average weight of similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 480g, and the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg. The Panasonic HC-X909 is fairly heavy (425 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-X909 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HC-X909 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this spec and age are not waterproof. The HC-X909 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the HC-X909 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.8 to 11. At only 2.8, the HC-X909 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-X909.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD video formats supported, which is the most frequently found video formats supported on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-X909

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder was released over four years ago.

1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic HC-X909 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 5% less optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Number of CCDs
Effective Megapixels (image)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Battery
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood
Other Features
Aperture Range (F-F)

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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