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Panasonic HS900
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Panasonic HS900 Camcorder

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9.15MP 1/4.1 455g Jul 2011
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The advanced 3MOS System combines the high-sensitivity 3MOS Sensor, large-diameter F1.5 Leica Dicomar Lens, and Crystal Engine PRO. The advanced 3MOS System lets you enjoy bright, low-noise... More
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26 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of Pcactual.com recommend this Panasonic video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Eleven experts from sites including CNET.com, PC Advisor.co.uk, infosyncworld.com and CNET.de have rated this medium sensor size camcorder on average 76%.

Good Product Quality

A few people who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder on CNET.com “Panasonic has a history of producing solid prosumer camcorders that deliver excellent video quality and performance.”. Cnet.com also said “SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls”. Macworld.com.au said in their review of the Panasonic HS900 “Decent image quality”.

Robust

A few Panasonic HS900 reviewers thought the product was well made. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au wrote “Panasonic's latest stab at a 3D camcorder is a solid - albeit fiddly - offering”. Cnet.com.au scored the product 4 stars and mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “455g this is a solid camcorder.”.

Good Technical Features

A number of Panasonic HS900 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Cnet.com.au scored it 4 stars and mentioned “Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting.”.

Good Support

Some Panasonic HS900 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Pcadvisor.co.uk said on PC Advisor.co.uk “With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn’t a bad purchase.”.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Panasonic video cameras and also specifically for Panasonic medium sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

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Easy to Use

One person who purchased it thought it had a good interface. Macworld.com.au mentioned in their review of the Panasonic HS900 “Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900” but despite that they gave the Panasonic HS900 a score of 3 stars.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HS900 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HS900 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Canon EOS C100[plb_1983438_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HS900 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HS900 is Full HD. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HS900 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HS900 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic HS900 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The best optical sensor size of all camcorders of this type and age is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HS900 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic camcorder also supports an SD 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and spec.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSDXC.

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

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

Video cameras that have been available for more than two years have internal storage capacities of between 0.016GB and 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 33GB. When compared to other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HS900 that we have checked, the internal storage capacity of the Panasonic HS900 of 220 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HS900.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080i|1080p video mode, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HS900 is 1.1 and the highest is 6.8. With a minimum aperture of only 1.5, the Panasonic HS900 has a quite low minimum aperture compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HS900.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HS900 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this type and age. The cables included "AC" and "AV" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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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 typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HS900 range from 0.3lx to 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx. With a minimum illumination of only 1 lux, the Panasonic HS900 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age.

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6 Reasons Against

Heavy

At 455 grams, the Panasonic HS900 is quite heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the weights range from 76g to 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of this age and spec are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HS900 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HS900, the Panasonic HS900 does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HS900 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HS900 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this type and age do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HS900 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The lowest maximum aperture value of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HS900 is 2.5, the highest is 34, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.6. At only 2.8, the Panasonic HS900 has a quite low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HS900.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HS900

Average Screen Size

The Panasonic HS900 has a relatively standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price] (3.48").

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Panasonic camcorder was released over five years ago.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Panasonic HS900 has a pretty typical maximum memory card size (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HS900.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 32GB maximum memory card size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Contour Design Contour+[plb_303976_price] is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the GZ-V515[pl_1286959_price] (64GB), or the GZ-VX715[pl_1286960_price] (64GB) both from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HS900.

If this Panasonic video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the GZ-V515[pl_1286959_price] (18x), or the GZ-VX715[pl_1286960_price] (18x) both from JVC which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HS900.

If this medium sensor size camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price] (120x).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
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
USB 3.0 Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

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Expert Reviews

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26 May 2012

With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn?t a bad purchase, but the similar, flash-sporting TM900 is probably the...

Decent image quality
Large LCD
Huge storage
Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900
T 900, and S 800's capabilities
Too expensive
Clunky touchscreen
Wonky white balance and lack of a built-in neutral density filter are the two biggest drawbacks of an otherwise very good series of prosumer camcorders
Doesn't seem to like OS X Lion much
SD card slot can all too easily sit outside the camera body
22 May 2012

With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn?t a bad purchase, but the similar, flash-sporting TM900 is probably the...

21 May 2012

The world of 3D is infecting our cinemas, televisions and digital cameras as well as our camcorders, with the appearance of Panasonic?s latest range. In truth the ability to shoot 3D images (not... Read more…

15 March 2012

This mini-review appeared in our February 2012 Home Entertainment roundup.The HDC-HS900 is a high-end DV camera from Panasonic, with the rare distinction of recording at up to 1080/50p. This means... Read more…

9 November 2011

Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and...

18 August 2011

Panasonic's latest stab at a 3D camcorder is a solid - albeit fiddly - offering...

15 August 2011

Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting, but it's not a light model to carry around, especially with the optional 3D lens bolted on...

7 April 2011

Is the Panasonic HDC-HS900 a major improvement from last year's Editor's Choice HDC-HS700? Read our comprehensive review to find out.Panasonic HDC-HS900 Report Last year Panasonic knocked our... Read more…

21 June 2011

Pcactual.com

La mayoría de los detalles que exhibe el modelo más completo de la gama alta de consumo de Panasonic nos ha convencido.En primer lugar, es de agradecer la incorporación de los tres sensores... Read more…

12 September 2011

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