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Panasonic HS900 Camcorder

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9.15MP 1/4.1 455g MOS Jul 2011
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26 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Pcactual.com decided that concluded that they would recommend this Panasonic video camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Advisor.co.uk, infosyncworld.com and CNET.de the average expert rating of this Panasonic camcorder is 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 Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

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

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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 camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HS900 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available including the Canon EOS C100[plb_1983438_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HS900 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HS900.

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Full HD

The Panasonic HS900 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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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 a comparable age and type to the HS900.

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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 a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all video cameras that have been available for more than two years the optical sensor size ranges from 1/5.8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HS900 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. This Panasonic video camera also 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HS900.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar 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

The average internal storage capacity of camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HS900 is 34GB. When compared to other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HS900, the Panasonic HS900's internal storage capacity 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 the most commonly found battery on camcorders of this age and type.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age 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 Samsung F90BN[plb_1538898_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on camcorders of this age and spec.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

Across all the camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HS900 the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2. The Panasonic HS900 has a quite low minimum aperture (only 1.5) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HS900.

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Has Three Cables Included

The Panasonic HS900 has a greater number of included cables than most medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The cables included "AC" and "AV" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most commonly found image format on camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Panasonic HS900 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 1 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HS900. The smallest minimum illumination of medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HS900 is 0.3lx, the biggest is 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx.

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6 Reasons Against

Heavy

The average weight of camcorders of this spec and age is 320g. With a weight of 455 grams, the Panasonic HS900 is one of the heavier video cameras that are a comparable age to the HS900 amongst video cameras of this age.

Alternative video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ50[plb_80442_price] (400g).

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HS900 are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HS900 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HS900 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Panasonic HS900 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HS900 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The Panasonic HS900 has one of the lower maximum aperture values (only 2.8) amongst video cameras of this age. The average maximum aperture value of video cameras of this type and age is 4.6, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 34.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HS900

Average Screen Size

The Panasonic HS900 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you 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

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the HS900.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 32 gigabytes, the Panasonic HS900 has a pretty average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 32GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the Contour Design Contour+[plb_303976_price] which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a larger maximum memory card size that might be worth considering include 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

At 12 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HS900.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the GZ-V515[pl_1286959_price] (18x and higher rated), or the GZ-VX715[pl_1286960_price] (18x and higher rated) both from JVC.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter 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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