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Panasonic HX-DC3 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 180g Feb 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
- Compact, Slim and Stylish Design Weighing Only 162g- Full-HD Video Recording- 16 Megapixels Still Picture Recording- Creative Control Featuring 12 Shooting Modes- Intelligent 18x Zoom with New... More
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12 Reasons For

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic big total megapixels video cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all camcorders built by Panasonic.

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HX-DC3 is Full HD, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago which are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ580E[pl_409855_price], the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] all from Sony.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HX-DC3 also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has an HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ650[plb_1610617_price].

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HX-DC3 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of a similar age and type to the HX-DC3.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Very Light

The Panasonic HX-DC3 is one of the lighter similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-DC3 (only 180 grams) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average weight of video cameras of this age and type is 600g.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ650[plb_1610617_price] which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic HX-DC3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of this age and spec. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this Panasonic video camera. In addition, this video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 3744 x 2106, 640 x 480, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440, 3072 x 2304 and 4352 x 2448 and 4352 x 3264.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is actually the best supported still image resolution across all big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HX-DC3.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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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. Across all similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-DC3 the best video mode is 1080p and the worst is 480p.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HX-DC3 is more than most big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HX-DC3. The cables included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Has Three White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HX-DC3 is more than most big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras of a similar type and age to the HX-DC3. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 5 times zoom factor) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3 the optical zooms range from 3x to 23x.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (10x), or the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] (10x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders 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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Not 3D

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC3 are not 3D. The Panasonic HX-DC3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Video cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

At only 700 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HX-DC3. The battery capacitys of video cameras that were released around the same time as the HX-DC3 range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,700mAh.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3 also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ580E[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-DC3 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this type and age are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-DC3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

At only 0.065 gigabytes, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The smallest internal storage capacity of big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3 is 0.032GB and the largest is 65GB.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC3 the minimum illuminations range from 1lx to 17lx. When compared to other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HX-DC3 that we have checked the minimum illumination of, the Panasonic HX-DC3's minimum illumination of 12 lux is one of the biggest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC3

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a relatively average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-DC3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ580E[plb_409855_price].

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920[plb_1974849_price] (3.5" and higher rated), or the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the FDR-AX100[pl_2109545_price] (160x), or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] (160x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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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
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
PictBridge
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Photo Mode
Windows Operating Systems Supported

Expert Reviews

10 June 2014

Panasonic HX-DC3 ch?c ch?n s?n xu?t ra nh?ng video có ch?t l??ng t?t h?n so v?i b?t k? ?i?n tho?i thông minh nào. Tuy nó có m?t s? h?n ch? so v?i các model t?m trung, ch?ng h?n nh? là HC-...

Decent image quality
Very good price
Optical zoom
Video kalitesi
Kullanm kolayl
Limited manual settings
Mediocre in low light
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxdc3egr, panasonic hxdc3, panasonic hxdc3e, panasonic hxdc3eb, panasonic hxdc3eg, panasonic hxdc3ebr, panasonic hxdc3ebw, panasonic hxdc3egk
Barcodes 00885170114432, 05025232712359, 05025232712366, 05025232712373, 05025232712380, 05025232712458, 05025232712465, 05025232712472, 08887549503399

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