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Panasonic HS900 Camcorder

9.15MP 1/4 455g MOS Jul 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Good technical features
Robust
14 Reviews + 1 Award
pcactual.com Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of review websites Pcactual.com decided that concluded that they would recommend this Panasonic video camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twelve expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, PC Advisor.co.uk and pcactual.com this Panasonic camcorder has an average expert rating of 76 out of 100.

Excellent Brand

Panasonic is one of the leading video camera manufacturers according to average expert and owner review score data that we have collected for all video cameras.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had good features. Expert review site Cnet.com.au scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting.”.


Design

Robust

Three people who bought this camcorder agreed that it was well made. Expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned “At 66x72x146mm and 455g this is a solid camcorder.”. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au said in their review of this camcorder “Panasonic's latest stab at a 3D camcorder is a solid - albeit fiddly - offering” but even so they rated it 67 out of 100.

Decent Image Quality

Four customers who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. Eight years ago Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of this camcorder “Decent image quality”. Website Cnet.com said in their review of this camcorder six years ago “Excellent video quality”.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Panasonic HS900 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The average display diagonal of video cameras of this type and age is 2.8".

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Panasonic AG-AC90 (£1,430.95) (3.5").

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

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


Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HS900 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon EOS C300.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HS900 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (21x).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC8 (£995) (50x), or the JVC GZ-R10 (£157) (100x).

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

Medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 6.8, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.3. With a minimum aperture number of only 1.5, the Panasonic HS900 has one of the lower minimum aperture numbers amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HS900 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also support HDMI.

There are a number of other camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX400E which has better reviews.

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Supports PictBridge

The Panasonic HS900 supports PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Panasonic HS900 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a headphone outputs.

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Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 32 gigabytes, the Panasonic HS900 has a pretty average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

Other 32GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Contour Design Contour+ (£79.99) which has better reviews.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The smallest internal storage capacity of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera is 0.016GB, the largest is 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 28GB. When compared to other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder, the Panasonic HS900's internal storage capacity of 220 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the weights range from 50g to 2.8kg. The Panasonic HS900 is one of the heavier camcorders of this age and type (455 grams) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in flash, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera which do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HS900 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HS900 has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

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Still Image

4608 X 3072 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HS900 is 4608 x 3072 pixels. That's over seven times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera the best maximum image resolution is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HS900 is 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this video camera). This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 2560 x 1920, 2880 x 1920, 3072 x 1728, 3200 x 2400, 3600 x 2400 and 4032 x 3024 and 4864 x 2736. Medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 480 to 4608 x 3456.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera the minimum illuminations range from 0.3lx to 15lx. The Panasonic HS900 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations (only 1 lux) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.1" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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9.15 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 9.15 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this camcorder total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ340 (£279.99) (9.2MP), the HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) (9.2MP), or the HDR-CX240 (£129.99) (9.2MP) all from Sony.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232613168, 05025232613199

Panasonic HS900 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HS900 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 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 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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