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Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 265g MOS Aug 2011
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20 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.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic small total megapixels video cameras have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

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.

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 typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of camcorders of this age and type is 800x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. The Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a fairly big digital zoom (2,000 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-HS80.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HC-V500[pl_406538_price] (2,500x), or the HC-V160[pl_2749040_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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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has an HDMI.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-HS80 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-HS80.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 supports a better memory card type than most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of this type and age.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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 comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacitys of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-HS80 range from 2GB to 120GB. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 that we have checked, the Panasonic HDC-HS80's internal storage capacity of 120 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Very Big Flash Memory

The flash memorys of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDC-HS80 range from 4GB to 120GB. The Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a very big flash memory (120 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-HS80 the video mode ranges from 576i (worst) to 1080p (best).

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-HS80 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-HS80.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ320E[plb_1582785_price].

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the HDC-HS80 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-HS80. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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15 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Expert review site CNET.com.au scored this video camera 65 out of 100.

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.

Not Full HD

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-HS80 are also not Full HD.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the HDR-CX190EB[pl_363186_price], or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras 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 Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-HS80 is 1.1MP and the highest is 10MP. When compared to other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDC-HS80 that we have assessed, the HDC-HS80's effective megapixels (image) of only 1.12 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.1 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie)s amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-HS80 is 0.41MP and the highest is 1,300,000MP.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the HDC-HS80 is more than most camcorders of this type and age. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Panasonic video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this video camera.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDC-HS80 is 2304 x 1296. That's over three times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. This Panasonic camcorder also support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080 and 2064 x 1376. Across all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have a night mode including 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] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 do not have a built-in projector. The HDC-HS80 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Only Digital Image Stabilizer Type

The HDC-HS80 has a Digital image stabilizer type which is better than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it have an Optical image stabilizer type. 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 actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all video cameras of this type and age.

The best image stabiliser type amongst similar types of camcorder is Optical.

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Quite High Power Consumption (typical)

The power consumption (typical)s of small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-HS80 range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average power consumption (typical) is 4W. The Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a quite high power consumption (typical) (7.7 Watts) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

When compared to other camcorders of this age and spec, the HDC-HS80's minimum illumination of 7 lux is one of the biggest. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 the minimum illuminations range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-HS80

Released Over Five Years Ago

Panasonic released the HDC-HS80 over five years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-HS80 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the 800[pl_2494042_price] (35x and higher rated), or the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price] (37x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the HDC-HS80 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-HS80.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the HDC-HS80 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3" and higher rated), the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3" and higher rated) all from Canon.

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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 small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Tripod Mountable
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Lens Hood
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Flash

Expert Reviews

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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 panasonic hdchs80, panasonic hdchs80k
Barcodes 00885170040328, 05025232625192

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