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Panasonic HX-DC1 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 181g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
- Full HD recording: 1920 x 1080- Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards or built in memory (80MB)- Recording format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and iFrame- High quality image engine- 5x optical zoom- 12x... More
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Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 112 expert and owner reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its video cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Other video cameras with an HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price] which has better reviews.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HX-DC1 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. In addition, this video camera 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Very Light

The average weight of camcorders of this age and type is 600g. The Panasonic HX-DC1 is quite light (only 181 grams) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC1.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HX-DC1.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price].

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4352 X 3264 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic HX-DC1 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4352 x 3264. That's over six times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders that have been around for more than two years. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this Panasonic camcorder. In addition, this video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 1280 x 720 and 1600 x 1200 and 4352 x 2448. The worst still image resolution of all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC1 is 640 x 480 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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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. The video mode of all big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC1 ranges from 480p to 1080p.

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4352 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HX-DC1 is 4352 x 3264 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 2304 x 1296 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras of this type and age the best maximum image resolution is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a greater number of included cables than most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This Panasonic video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on camcorders of this type and age. The cables included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Has Two White Balances

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this type and age. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on camcorders that are a similar age to the HX-DC1. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a quite small optical zoom (only 5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the optical zooms range from 3x to 23x, and the average optical zoom is 12x.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the GC-PX100[pl_1725509_price] (10x), or the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (10x) both from JVC or the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] (10x) which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

The Panasonic HX-DC1 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ580E[pl_409855_price], the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ580E[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have a night mode. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HX-DC1 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Panasonic HX-DC1 is not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Digital Image Stabilizer Type

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a Digital image stabilizer type which is better than the Optical image stabilizer type found on most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. 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 video camera's image stabiliser type (Digital) is actually the worst image stabiliser type across all comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC1.

The best image stabiliser type amongst comparable types of video camera is Optical.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago the minimum illuminations range from 1lx to 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 5.2lx. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HX-DC1 that we have checked the minimum illumination of, the Panasonic HX-DC1's minimum illumination of 17 lux is one of the biggest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC1

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1.

Other 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ580E[pl_409855_price], or the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Sony FDR-AX1[plb_1621641_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera was released over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] (60x and higher rated).

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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
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
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

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00885170044708, 00885170044722, 05060319630669

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