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Panasonic HX-DC3 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 180g Feb 2013
Total Megapixels 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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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic is one of the better rated video camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Panasonic also has good reviews for its big sensor size video cameras.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC3 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HX-DC3, the Panasonic HX-DC3 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HX-DC3 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the HX-DC3 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ650[plb_1610617_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-DC3 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. 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 big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC3.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Very Light

The Panasonic HX-DC3 is one of the lighter video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC3 (only 180 grams) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The lightest big sensor size camcorder that is a similar age to the HX-DC3 is 65g weight, the heaviest is 3.3kg, and the average weight is 670g.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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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 around for around the same time as the HX-DC3 also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ650[plb_1610617_price] which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HX-DC3 is 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders that have been around for a comparable time 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.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is actually the best supported still image resolution across all big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-DC3.

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

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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. Comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HX-DC3 video modes range from 480p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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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 on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this spec and age. 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 that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HX-DC3. The cable included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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Very Small

The smallest video camera of this age and type is 21mm deep, the biggest is 480mm, and the average depth is 150mm. At only 38.1 millimeters, the Panasonic HX-DC3 is fairly small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of this type and age.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HX-DC3 is 1x and the biggest is 40x. At only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (10x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HX-DC3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the HC-V707[pl_1350701_price], or the HC-X920[pl_1974849_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HX-DC3 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-DC3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC3, the Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 700 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HX-DC3. Across all the video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-DC3 the battery capacities range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the internal storage capacities range from 0.032GB to 65GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 13GB. At only 0.065 gigabytes, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-DC3.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

Big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-DC3 have minimum illumination of between 1lx and 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 5.2lx. 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 are a similar age to the HX-DC3.

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4 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 big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Panasonic HX-DC3 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-DC3.

There are a number of other 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-GX1[plb_1286357_price].

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920[plb_1974849_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 pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If this big sensor size camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] (160x), or the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (200x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
PictBridge
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Photo Mode
Windows Operating Systems Supported

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxdc3egr, panasonic hxdc3, panasonic hxdc3e, panasonic hxdc3eb, panasonic hxdc3ebw, panasonic hxdc3ebr
Barcodes 05025232712359, 05025232712366, 05025232712373, 05025232712380, 05025232712458, 05025232712465, 05025232712472

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