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Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 265g Oct 2011
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Intelligent 42x Zoom And HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Beautiful zoom shots of distant subjects. The HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to... More
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20 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Two customers agreed that the Panasonic HDC-HS80 was comfortable and easy to hold. Cnet.com.au wrote on CNET.com.au four years ago “Comfortable to hold” but in spite of that they only scored the Panasonic HDC-HS80 65 out of 100. Cnet.com.au also said “Due to its diminutive size the HDC-H 80 is a joy to hold for long periods of time”.

One Panasonic HDC-HS80 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The Panasonic HDC-H 80 is a great camera to use the button placement is intuitive and natural”.

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Good Quality Lens

One person who bought the Panasonic HDC-HS80 thought it had a good zoom. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The two biggest winners on the HDC-H 80 are the zoom lens and optical image stabilisation”. One Panasonic HDC-HS80 owner who bought it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Cnet.com.au wrote “Effective image stabilisation” in their Panasonic HDC-HS80 review.

Good Technical Features

One person said that the Panasonic HDC-HS80 had good features. Cnet.com.au mentioned “Sure there are other cameras, offering better features” in their review of the Panasonic HDC-HS80.

Good Brand

Panasonic has good average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other brands.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic HDC-HS80 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic HDC-HS80 was good quality. Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The HS80 lacks the sleekness of its competitors and the video quality, while satisfactory, fails to break any new ground” in their review of this camcorder.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The HDC-HS80 has one of the bigger digital zooms (2,000 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average digital zoom of camcorders of this spec and age is 770x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the HC-V130[pl_2224109_price] (2,500x), or the HC-V550[pl_2224111_price] (3,000x) both from Sharp or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDC-HS80 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-HS80 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], and the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-HS80 also are Full HD.

Alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDC-HS80, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HVR-Z7[pl_1728777_price], or the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-HS80 supports a better memory card type than most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras of this age and spec support an SD memory card. In addition, this Panasonic video camera 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and type.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 28GB. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 that we have assessed, the internal storage capacity of the HDC-HS80 of 120 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Very Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the maximum fash memory capacities range from 4GB to 120GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 19GB. When compared to other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDC-HS80, the maximum fash memory capacity of the HDC-HS80 of 120 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-HS80 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-HS80.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the L-Link LL-CAM-123[plb_1997574_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HDC-HS80 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The white balance mode "Cloudy" is also found on this video camera.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Small

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the depths range from 27mm to 1,200mm, and the average depth is 140mm. The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is quite small (only 108 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HDC-HS80 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The worst maximum image resolution of all similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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14 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

This small sensor size camcorder received an expert rating of 65% from CNET.com.au.

Poor Design

One person considered that this camcorder was not a good design. Cnet.com.au wrote “The design is clumsy and not sleek like some other models within the same price range” in their review.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDC-HS80 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-HS80 is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3". The HDC-HS80 has a fairly small screen size (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-HS80.

If this camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (3") which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-HS80 range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With a megapixel count of only 1.12 megapixels, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a very low megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-HS80 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-HS80.

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Only 2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HDC-HS80 is 2064 x 1376. That's 66% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras that came out more than two years ago. Camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-HS80 still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-HS80 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-HS80 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-HS80 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

Most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-HS80 are not waterproof. The HDC-HS80 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only 960 X 540 Pixels Video Resolution

The HDC-HS80 supports a 960 x 540 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. The worst video resolution of all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Quite High Typical Power Consumption

With a typical power consumption of 7.7 Watts, the HDC-HS80 has a fairly high typical power consumption compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average typical power consumption of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 3.7W.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

When compared to other video cameras of this age and spec that we have checked, the HDC-HS80's minimum illumination of 7 lux is one of the biggest. Across all the camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDC-HS80 the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.1lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-HS80

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this Panasonic video camera was released.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-HS80 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-HS80.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (37x and higher rated), the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] (38x and higher rated), or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price] (38x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 265 grams, the Panasonic HDC-HS80 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDC-HS80.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
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
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 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
Typical Power Consumption
Flash Range

Expert Reviews

(1)
10 January 2012

The HS80 lacks the sleekness of its competitors and the video quality, while satisfactory, fails to break any new ground...

Comfortable to hold
Warm, realistic colours
Effective image stabilisation
The Panasonic HDC-T 80
S 80 and H 80 camcorders provide manual controls in a functional, if somewhat boring, design
Poor low-light performance
Frustrating interface and menus
The sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
Theres not really much we can complain about on the HDC-H 80
Sure there are other cameras, offering better features but none as good at this price point

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