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Panasonic HC-X800
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Panasonic HC-X800 Camcorder

9.15MP 1/4.1 345g Feb 2013
Sensor Size Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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27 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from Trusted Reviews. This means that experts are not that keen on this camcorder.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic HC-X800 owner who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their Panasonic HC-X800 review “Excellent image quality” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 123 user and expert reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Trusted Reviews rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this camcorder “Great optical image stabilisation”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-X800 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-X800.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-X800 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-X800 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-X800 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other video cameras of this age and type that we have assessed, the digital zoom of the Panasonic HC-X800 of 700 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-X800 range from 2x to 1,800x.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The HC-X800 has a maximum optical sensor size of 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 camcorders of this age and type the optical sensor size ranges from 1/5.8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-X800 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Panasonic video camera also supports an SDHC memory card. 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 memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder.

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

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3D Compatible

The HC-X800 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago which are not 3D compatible.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HC-X800 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-X800 also have a built-in display.

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5120 X 2880 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-X800 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 5120 x 2880 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 similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-X800 the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p|540p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MP4 video format, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-X800 is more than most camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HC-X800. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of camcorders of this type and age is 3.8MP, and the movie megapixel counts range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP. With a movie megapixel count of 6.57 megapixels, the HC-X800 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The Panasonic HC-X800 has a fairly high display resolution (460,800 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-X800 have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

At only 1.5, the HC-X800 has a quite low minimum aperture compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The average minimum aperture of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.2, and the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 6.8.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HC-X800 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-X800. The cables included "AC" and "AV" are also found on this video camera.

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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 frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG|MPO image format, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 1 lux, the HC-X800 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-X800. The average minimum illumination of medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3.7lx, and the minimum illumination range from 0.3lx to 15lx.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-X800 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-X800 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera of a comparable age and type to the HC-X800 is 76g weight, the heaviest is 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g. At 345 grams, the HC-X800 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-X800.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of this spec and age do not have a night mode. The HC-X800 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

Most medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HC-X800 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-X800 are not waterproof. The HC-X800 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 372 millimeters, the Panasonic HC-X800 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The maximum focal lengths of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-X800 range from 4mm to 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 760mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-X800

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Panasonic HC-X800 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-X800.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the HC-X800 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
CCD
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features

Expert Reviews

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18 July 2012

The Panasonic HC-X800 does shoot great-looking video, and with the same lens and sensor setup as the X900 its abilities are unsurprisingly identical when left in auto mode. But you also lose a lot...

Excellent image quality
Great optical image stabilisation
Lots of manual settings
Manual controls only available from menus
Loses enthusiast features of 900

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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