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Panasonic HDC-HS80K Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 265g MOS Oct 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Good quality lens
Easy to use
Average expert reviews

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Average Expert Reviews

This camcorder received a score of 65% from expert review site CNET.com.au.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 338 user and expert reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has excellent reviews specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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.


Features

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.


Price

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.


Design

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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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.

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.

Tripod Mountable

The HDC-HS80K is tripod mountable. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also are tripod mountable.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since October 2011.


Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of video cameras of this spec and age is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 760x. With a digital zoom of 2,000 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If this Panasonic video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HC-V500 (2,500x and higher rated), or the HC-V160 (£129.98) (2,500x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130 (2,500x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-HS80K has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250 which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-HS80K has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the 800 (£1,100) (35x and higher rated), or the Legria FS406 (37x and higher rated) both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130 (38x and higher rated).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDC-HS80K supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V110, or the Sony HDR-XR200 which all of have better reviews.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HDC-HS80K has a DC-in jack. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K does not support PictBridge.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera the effective megapixels (image) range from 1.1MP to 16MP. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder that we have assessed the effective megapixels (image) of, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K's effective megapixels (image) of only 1.12 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

Video cameras that came out more than two years ago have effective megapixels (movie) of between 0.41MP and 4.5MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-HS80K has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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1.5 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 1.5 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this video camera total megapixels is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the XM2 (1.7MP and higher rated), or the Legria HFG25 (2.07MP and higher rated) both from Canon or the Rollei S-30 (£78.99) (2MP and higher rated).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-HS80K has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the ION DashCam (2.7165369" and higher rated), the Canon HF-M46 (3" and higher rated), or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The HDC-HS80K has a touchscreen. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDC-HS80K features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K features indoor white balance. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also feature indoor white balance.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K has a built-in flash, unlike most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera which do not have a built-in flash.

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Has a Built-In Light

The HDC-HS80K has a built-in light, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder do not have a built-in light.

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Storage

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 120 gigabytes, the HDC-HS80K's internal storage capacity is one of the largest amongst small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The average internal storage capacity of small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 25GB, and the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 120GB.

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Very Big Flash Memory

The HDC-HS80K has one of the biggest flash memory (120 gigabytes) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder the flash memory range from 4GB to 120GB, and the average flash memory is 23GB.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K has a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDC-HS80K has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K has a batteries included, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The HDC-HS80K features back light compensation, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder is 17lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.05lx to 1,400lx. With a minimum illumination of 7 lux, the HDC-HS80K's minimum illumination is one of the biggest amongst similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Video

Only 960 X 540 Pixels Video Resolution

The HDC-HS80K supports a 960 x 540 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most video cameras of this spec and age. Most comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions. The worst video resolution of all small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Still Image

2304 X 1296 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDC-HS80K is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution

The HDC-HS80K supports a maximum still image resolution of 2064 x 1376. That's 37% more still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera. Across all similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4224 x 2376 (best).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hdchs80k
Barcodes 00885170040328, 05025232625192

Panasonic HDC-HS80K Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HDC-HS80K review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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