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Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2 162g MOS Jun 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Excellent brand
Supports HDMI
Very small optical zoom

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Reviews

Excellent Brand

We checked 338 expert and user reviews (including 86 verified purchases) for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent reviews. We also found that Panasonic has excellent reviews specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera was released in June 2012.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think the HDR-CX730E, and the HDR-PJ580E both from Sony which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony FDR-AX1 (£3,449) (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,400 pixels, the HX-DC2EF-H has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder is 650,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 25x, and the average optical zoom is 13x. At only 5 times zoom factor, the HX-DC2EF-H has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59) (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HX-DC2EF-H has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Panasonic HX-DC3 which has better reviews.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the HX-DC2EF-H has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

There are a number of alternative 120x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the HDR-PJ650 (160x and higher rated), the HDR-PJ810 (160x and higher rated), or the HDR-CX900 (£907.70) (160x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.7mm and 92mm. The HX-DC2EF-H has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (38.6 millimeters) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder is 2.6, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 11. At 3.5, the HX-DC2EF-H has a fairly high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HX-DC2EF-H supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also support HDMI.

Alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HX-WA30 which has better reviews.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HX-DC2EF-H has a composite video out. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HX-DC2EF-H does not support PictBridge. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also do not support PictBridge.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The HX-DC2EF-H has a relatively average weight (162 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HX-DC2EF-H features indoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera also feature indoor white balance.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The HX-DC2EF-H has a built-in flash. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HX-DC2EF-H has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HX-DC2EF-H has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HX-DC2EF-H has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

4352 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H supports a maximum still image resolution of 4352 x 3264. That's over six times the still image resolution of the most common 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, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1920 and 4352 x 2448 and 1280 x 720. The best still image resolution of all video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder is 5472 x 3648 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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4352 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The HX-DC2EF-H has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4352 x 3264 pixels. That's over seven times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras that have been available for more than two years the best maximum image resolution is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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 camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Image Sensor

Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

Camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder have effective megapixels (movie) of between 1.1MP and 5,100,000MP. At 14.3 megapixels, the HX-DC2EF-H has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder the effective megapixels (image) range from 2MP to 25MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 11MP. The HX-DC2EF-H has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) (14.3 megapixels) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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14.4 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 14.4 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the Ricoh Theta M15 (£114.13) (15MP and higher rated), or the Panasonic HC-V707 (15.3MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hxdc2ebw, panasonic hxdc2efh, hxdc2egwvidcampa, hxdc2eghvidcamp
Barcodes 05025232659296, 05025232659302, 05025232659319, 05025232659371, 05711045371844, 08887549454233

Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HX-DC2EF-H 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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