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Panasonic HX-DC3 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 180g Feb 2013
Sensor Size Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
- Compact, Slim and Stylish Design Weighing Only 162g- Full-HD Video Recording- 16 Megapixels Still Picture Recording- Creative Control Featuring 12 Shooting Modes- Intelligent 18x Zoom with New... More
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13 Reasons For

Good Brand

We checked 125 owner and expert reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its big sensor size video cameras range.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-DC3, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has an image stabiliser.

Other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at include the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HX-DC3 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], and the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ760[plb_1509156_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-DC3 supports a better memory card type than most big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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 the most commonly found battery on big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Light

The lightest camcorder of a comparable age and spec to the HX-DC3 is 65g weight, the heaviest is 3.3kg, and the average weight is 650g. The Panasonic HX-DC3 is fairly light (only 180 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HX-DC3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar age and type to the HX-DC3. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolutions of 3744 x 2106, 640 x 480, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440, 3072 x 2304 and 4352 x 2448 and 4352 x 3264.

This camcorder's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best supported still image resolution across all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC3.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst supported still image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a built-in display. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ760[plb_1509156_price] is also worth considering.

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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 big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC3 the best video mode is 1080p and the worst is 480p.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HX-DC3 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders of this age and spec. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Very Small

The average depth of big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-DC3 is 150mm. With a depth of only 38.1 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC3 is one of the smaller video cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The optical zooms of big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3 range from 1x to 40x.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (10x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC3 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HX-DC3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think 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 is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HX-DC3 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at 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-DC3 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HX-DC3 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HX-DC3 are also not waterproof.

If you want a video camera that is waterproof then you might also 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

The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-DC3 also do 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[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

At only 700 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HX-DC3. Big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago have battery capacities of between 700mAh and 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 13GB, and the internal storage capacities range from 0.032GB to 65GB. The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a quite small internal storage capacity (only 0.065 gigabytes) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC3.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

At 12 lux, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a very big minimum illumination compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3 the minimum illumination range from 1lx to 17lx.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-DC3

Full HD HD Type

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

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Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], and the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price] is also worth considering.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920[plb_1974849_price] (3.5"), or the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-DC3.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the FDR-AX100[pl_2109545_price] (160x), or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] (160x) both 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 commonly found optical sensor size on big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as 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
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
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 System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features

Expert Reviews

10 June 2014

Panasonic HX-DC3 ch?c ch?n s?n xu?t ra nh?ng video có ch?t l??ng t?t h?n so v?i b?t k? ?i?n tho?i thông minh nào. Tuy nó có m?t s? h?n ch? so v?i các model t?m trung, ch?ng h?n nh? là HC-...

Decent image quality
Very good price
Optical zoom
Video kalitesi
Kullanm kolayl
Limited manual settings
Mediocre in low light
Ekran dokunmatik deil
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxdc3egr, hxdc3egk, panasonic hxdc3, panasonic hxdc3e, panasonic hxdc3eb, panasonic hxdc3ebr, panasonic hxdc3ebw
Barcodes 05025232712359, 05025232712366, 05025232712373, 05025232712380, 05025232712458, 05025232712465

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