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Panasonic HS900 Camcorder

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9.15MP 1/4.1 455g MOS Jul 2011
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26 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Panasonic video camera. This video camera received a "Recommended" award from Pcactual.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this video camera is 76 out of 100 based on eleven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Advisor.co.uk, infosyncworld.com and CNET.de.

Good Product Quality

A number of Panasonic HS900 owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic HS900 on expert website CNET.com “Panasonic has a history of producing solid prosumer camcorders that deliver excellent video quality and performance.” and scored the Panasonic HS900 4 stars. Cnet.com also said “SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls”. Macworld.com.au wrote “Decent image quality”.

Robust

A number of customers agreed that the Panasonic HS900 was well made. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au mentioned in their review five years ago “Panasonic's latest stab at a 3D camcorder is a solid - albeit fiddly - offering”. Cnet.com.au wrote in the same month “455g this is a solid camcorder.”.

Good Technical Features

Two Panasonic HS900 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic HS900 thought it had good features. Expert review site Cnet.com.au gave the product a score of 4 stars and said “Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting.”.

Good Support

Some customers said in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote four years ago “With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn’t a bad purchase.” in their Panasonic HS900 review.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic has good average reviews for its medium total megapixels video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Easy to Use

One customer who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had a good interface. Macworld.com.au said “Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HS900 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HS900 do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HS900 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HS900.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic HS900 has an HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Panasonic HS900 is 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all video cameras of this type and age the optical sensor size ranges from 2/3" to 1/2".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HS900 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. In addition, this camcorder supports an SD 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HS900.

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

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

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HS900 is 33GB, and the internal storage capacitys range from 0.016GB to 220GB. With an internal storage capacity of 220 gigabytes, the Panasonic HS900 has one of the largest internal storage capacitys amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

The lowest minimum aperture number of medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HS900 is 1.1, the highest is 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 similar spec camcorders of this age.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HS900 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HS900. The cables includeds "AC" and "AV" are also found on this camcorder.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HS900 the minimum illuminations range from 0.3lx to 15lx. At only 1 lux, the Panasonic HS900 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HS900.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Panasonic HS900 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it. 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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7 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Panasonic HS900 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it was not cheap. Macworld.com.au mentioned “Too expensive” in their review of the Panasonic HS900 and rated it 60 out of 100.

Not Full HD

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HS900 are not Full HD. The Panasonic HS900 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 also want to look at the JVC GZ-GX1[plb_1286357_price].

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Heavy

The Panasonic HS900 is fairly heavy (455 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The average weight of medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 390g, and the weights range from 76g to 3.3kg.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic HS900 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HS900 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HS900 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HS900 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HS900 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HS900 also do 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 Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this age and spec are not waterproof. The Panasonic HS900 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you would prefer a video camera that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HS900

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HS900 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HS900.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic AG-AC90[plb_1834081_price] (3.5").

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This medium total megapixels video camera was released over five years ago.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Panasonic HS900 has a pretty typical maximum memory card size (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 32GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the Contour Design Contour+[plb_303976_price] which has better reviews.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price] (64GB and higher rated), or the GZ-VX715[pl_1286960_price] (64GB and higher rated) both from JVC.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HS900 has a relatively average optical zoom (12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HS900.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] (18x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HS900 has a pretty typical digital zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
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
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

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26 May 2012

With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn?t a bad purchase, but the similar, flash-sporting TM900 is probably the...

Decent image quality
Large LCD
Huge storage
Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900
T 900, and S 800's capabilities
Too expensive
Clunky touchscreen
Wonky white balance and lack of a built-in neutral density filter are the two biggest drawbacks of an otherwise very good series of prosumer camcorders
Doesn't seem to like OS X Lion much
SD card slot can all too easily sit outside the camera body
22 May 2012

With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn?t a bad purchase, but the similar, flash-sporting TM900 is probably the...

21 May 2012

The world of 3D is infecting our cinemas, televisions and digital cameras as well as our camcorders, with the appearance of Panasonic?s latest range. In truth the ability to shoot 3D images (not... Read more…

15 March 2012

This mini-review appeared in our February 2012 Home Entertainment roundup.The HDC-HS900 is a high-end DV camera from Panasonic, with the rare distinction of recording at up to 1080/50p. This means... Read more…

9 November 2011

Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and...

18 August 2011

Panasonic's latest stab at a 3D camcorder is a solid - albeit fiddly - offering...

15 August 2011

Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting, but it's not a light model to carry around, especially with the optional 3D lens bolted on...

7 April 2011

Is the Panasonic HDC-HS900 a major improvement from last year's Editor's Choice HDC-HS700? Read our comprehensive review to find out.Panasonic HDC-HS900 Report Last year Panasonic knocked our... Read more…

21 June 2011

Pcactual.com

La mayoría de los detalles que exhibe el modelo más completo de la gama alta de consumo de Panasonic nos ha convencido.En primer lugar, es de agradecer la incorporación de los tres sensores... Read more…

12 September 2011

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