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Panasonic HX-DC1 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 181g Aug 2011
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- Full HD recording: 1920 x 1080- Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards or built in memory (80MB)- Recording format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and iFrame- High quality image engine- 5x optical zoom- 12x... More
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17 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 125 expert and owner reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its video cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically for its big sensor size video cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HX-DC1 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ760, and the HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC1.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Panasonic HX-DC1 is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-DC1 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of this age and type. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Panasonic video camera 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-DC1.

Amongst similar types of video camera 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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3D Compatible

The Panasonic HX-DC1 is 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are not 3D compatible.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3D compatible video cameras currently available including the HC-V707, or the HC-X920 ($649.00) both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X929.

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Very Light

The weights of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HX-DC1 range from 65g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 650g. At only 181 grams, the Panasonic HX-DC1 is quite light compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the easypix DVC5127 Trip (190g).

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Lithium Battery

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

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

Camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-DC1 have movie megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 17MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.6MP. With a movie megapixel count of 11.9 megapixels, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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4352 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HX-DC1 is 4352 x 3264. That's over six times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this camcorder). This video camera also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1280 x 720 and 1600 x 1200 and 4352 x 2448. Across all big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1 the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The best video mode of all big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1080p and the worst is 480p.

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4352 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HX-DC1 is 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 comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC1 the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HX-DC1 is more than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HX-DC1. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HX-DC1 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HX-DC1. The cable included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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Small

At only 86.2 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC1 is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC1. The average depth of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC1 is 150mm, and the depths range from 15mm to 480mm.

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Very Small

At only 37.7 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC1 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The average width of big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 88mm, and the widths range from 23mm to 230mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-DC1 the optical zooms range from 1x to 40x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the GZ-GX1 (10x), or the GC-PX100 ($1,719.80) (10x) both from JVC or the Sony HDR-PJ760 (10x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC1, the Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the NEX-VG20 ($106.99), the HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21), or the NEX-VG30 all from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 160x. At only 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HX-DC1.

If this Panasonic camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the HC-V727 (60x), or the HC-V720 ($553.58) (60x) both from Panasonic.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have a night mode. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HX-DC1, the Panasonic HX-DC1 is not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might want to consider the Panasonic HX-WA30, or the JVC GZ-R15.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HX-DC1, the Panasonic HX-DC1 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ580 ($1,400.00), the HDR-PJ760, or the HDR-PJ650 ($1,393.21) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a fairly low battery capacity (only 700 milliamperes * hour) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The average battery capacity of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC1 is 1,600mAh.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a better image stabiliser type than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This video camera has a Digital image stabiliser, whereas most camcorders that were released more than two years ago have an Optical image stabiliser. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

An Optical image stabiliser is the best image stabiliser type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HX-DC1 the minimum illumination range from 1lx to 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 5.2lx. The Panasonic HX-DC1 has a very big minimum illumination (17 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC1.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC1

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HX-DC1 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC1.

There are a number of other 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the HDR-PJ580 ($1,400.00), or the NEX-VG20 ($106.99) both from Sony which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Sony FDR-AX1 ($4,564.04) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the HX-DC1.

2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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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
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
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
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic vbx070, panasonic vbx070e, panasonic vbx070ew, panasonic vwvbx070, panasonic vwvbx070e, panasonic vwvbx070ew
Barcodes 00885170044708, 00885170044722, 05025232627783, 05053460597196
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