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Panasonic HS900 Camcorder

9.15MP 1/4 455g MOS Jul 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Unacceptable noise level
A bit expensive
14 Reviews + 1 Award
pcactual.com Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

One expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Panasonic video camera. Pcactual.com gave this video camera a "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on twelve expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, PC Advisor.co.uk and pcactual.com the average expert rating of this medium total megapixels video camera is 76%.

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Camcorders produced by Panasonic have an average rating of 86 out of 100, which is in the top 7% of all video camera manufacturers that we have assessed.


Storage

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The Panasonic HS900 has a quite large internal storage capacity (220 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder. The smallest internal storage capacity of video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder is 0.016GB and the largest is 220GB.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Panasonic HS900 has a pretty average maximum memory card size (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 32GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the Contour Design Contour+ which has better reviews.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

Panasonic released the HS900 in April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HS900 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

If this Panasonic camcorder display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC90 ($2,414.50) (3.5").

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder the minimum illuminations range from 0.3lx to 15lx. At only 1 lux, the Panasonic HS900 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HS900 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HS900 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in flash, unlike most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder which do not have a built-in flash.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HS900 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also support HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Panasonic HS900 supports PictBridge, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Panasonic HS900 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two people who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had good features. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this camcorder on CNET.com.au “Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting.”. Six years ago expert review site Cnet.com wrote “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 features advanced users want.” in their Panasonic HS900 review.


Weight & Dimensions

Unbelievably Lightweight

One person wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic HS900 was lightweight. Trusted Reviews wrote “Unbelievably lightweight” nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 18.8 out of 100. One customer who purchased it said that it was a good size. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this camcorder “Tiny dimensions, unfussy dualformat system, excellent results”.

One customer who bought this camcorder considered that it was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Heavy - good for tripod-based recording of le” in their review of this camcorder.

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Heavy

The average weight of camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder is 400g, and the weights range from 50g to 3.3kg. At 455 grams, the Panasonic HS900 is quite heavy compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HS900 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type do not have an interchangeable lens.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available including the Canon EOS C300 ($10,999.99) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HS900 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the JVC GZ-R15 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

At only 1.5, the Panasonic HS900 has a quite low minimum aperture number compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera. Across all the camcorders of this age and type the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 6.8.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HS900 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic AG-AC8 ($1,175) (21x).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HS900 has a pretty average digital zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic AG-AC8 ($1,175) (50x).

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Audio

Picture Noise On Tricky Scenes

One owner who reviewed the product thought it was noisy. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this camcorder “Picture noise on tricky scenes”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Panasonic HS900 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One owner who reviewed the product thought it was noisy. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this camcorder “Picture noise on tricky scenes”.


Price

Too Expensive

One person concluded that this camcorder was expensive. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this camcorder “Too expensive” .


Display LCD Touchscreen

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Six years ago Cnet.com mentioned in their Panasonic HS900 review on CNET.com “Display LCD touchscreen” however they only rated it 1 stars.

Superb 16x Optical Zoom

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of the Panasonic HS900 “Superb 16x optical zoom” but despite that they gave this camcorder a rating of 18.8 out of 100. One owner thought this camcorder had a good lens. Six years ago Cnet.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on CNET.com “3D-capable (with add-on lens” although they rated it 1 stars.


Design

Robust

Three customers said that the Panasonic HS900 was well made. Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au “At 66x72x146mm and 455g this is a solid camcorder.”. Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au mentioned “Panasonic's latest stab at a 3D camcorder is a solid - albeit fiddly - offering”.

Decent Image Quality

Five customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Trusted Reviews said “Decent image quality” in their Panasonic HS900 review. Cnet.com said “Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900” in their review of this camcorder. Cnet.com also said “Panasonic has a history of producing solid prosumer camcorders that deliver excellent video quality and performance.” in their review.

Practical Relay Recording Mode

One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Trusted Reviews said “Practical Relay Recording mode” however they only rated the product 1 stars. One person wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good interface.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two customers reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Pcadvisor.co.uk said “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.”.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.1" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232613168, 05025232613199

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