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Panasonic HX-DC2 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 180g Jun 2012
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Active HD Camcorder HX-DC2 - A Stylish, Easy-to-Handle Full-HD Camcorder For Active Use You can shoot motion images with a maximum 15x Intelligent Zoom and no image quality degradation. The... More
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15 Reasons For

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC2 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at including the HDR-PJ760[pl_1509156_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-DC2, the Panasonic HX-DC2 is Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-DC2 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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 the most frequently found battery on video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

At 11.9 megapixels, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a fairly high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HX-DC2. Big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC2 have movie megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 17MP.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 180 grams, the Panasonic HX-DC2 is fairly light compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The average weight of camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HX-DC2 is 650g.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a built-in display. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

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4352 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HX-DC2 supports a maximum still image resolution of 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 Panasonic video camera). This video camera also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1920 and 4352 x 2448. Big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years still image resolutions range from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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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. Across all video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC2 the video mode ranges from 480p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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4352 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HX-DC2 is 4352 x 3264 pixels. That's over seven times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC2 maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HX-DC2 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HX-DC2. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Small

The depths of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC2 range from 15mm to 480mm, and the average depth is 150mm. With a depth of only 38.1 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC2 is one of the smaller camcorders of this age and spec amongst video cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 1x to 40x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC2.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price] (10x and higher rated), the GC-PX100[pl_1725509_price] (10x and higher rated), or the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (10x and higher rated) all from JVC.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to consider including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HX-DC2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the HC-V707[pl_1350701_price], or the HC-X920[pl_1974849_price] both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-DC2 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-DC2 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you want a video camera that is waterproof then you might want to look at the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ760[pl_1509156_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HX-DC2 range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh. The Panasonic HX-DC2 has one of the lower battery capacities (only 700 milliamperes * hour) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This video camera has an Optical viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. 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 in fact the worst image stabiliser type amongst all camcorders that came out around the same time as the HX-DC2.

Amongst similar types of video camera the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HX-DC2 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC2.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-DC2 is 91,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,400 pixels, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC2.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

At 39.9 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC2. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal lengths range from 2.8mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length is 28mm.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

The average minimum aperture of camcorders of this age and spec is 2.7. At 3.5, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a fairly high minimum aperture compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC2.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC2

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this big sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC2.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price].

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Sony FDR-AX1[plb_1621641_price] (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] (160x), the FDR-AX100[pl_2109545_price] (160x), or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] (160x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar age and spec 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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
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
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
USB 3.0 Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption

Expert Reviews

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Modalit Panorama
Porta miniHDMI
HDR
Intelligent Zoom 15x
Active E
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxdc2e, hxdc2ef, hxdc2egh, hxdc2egw, hxdc2efh, panasonic hxdc2, hxdc2eghvidcamp, panasonic hxdc2e, hxdc2egwvidcampa, panasonic hxdc2ef, panasonic hxdc2eb, panasonic hxdc2ebw, panasonic hxdc2efh
Barcodes 05025232659296, 05025232659302, 05025232659319, 05025232659371, 05060319630669, 05711045371844, 08887549454233

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