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Panasonic AG-HSC1U ProLine Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the value for money and color are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder. There are some mixed opinions about the connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, color, value for money

viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic AG-HSC1U ProLine Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic AG-HSC1U ProLine Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Panasonic AG-HSC1U ProLine Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, portability, image quality, value for money, size

features

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic Pro AG-HSC1U AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

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Panasonic AG-HSC1U

 

Panasonic bills its AG-HSC1U, a souped-up version of its AVCHD-based consumer (and now discontinued) HDC-SD1 , as the smallest available professional three-chip HD camcorder. Weighing about a pound and fitting easily in the palm, the camera certainly...

High-quality 1080i video; tiny; easy to use; tapeless; bundled card reader/backup drive.

Impractical manual controls; lacks a viewfinder, progressive video recording, and headphone jack

Though it delivers good video with excellent color, the Panasonic AG-HSC1U falls short of its "professional" aspirations in most other ways.

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Panasonic AG-HSC1U First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The AG-HSC1U is touted by Panasonic as the smallest professional HD camcorder, and its $2099 price tag also makes it one of the least expensive. If, that is, the HSC1U is really a professional camcorder. The announcement earlier this year met with...

The AG- HSC1U is marketed as a niche camcorder for professionals, and despite the fact that it records AVCHD video, we think there is a place for this unusual camcorder. Specifically, the mechanism-less design means it should be capable of operating...

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Panasonic Unveils AG-HSC1U First AVCHD Pro Camcorder

 

Panasonic has annonunced the release of the AG-HSC1U, reported to be the world's smallest 3-CCD professional HD camcorder. The unit records to SDHC flash cards in the AVCHD format. Weighing in at a mere 1.12 pounds and recording to a format largely...

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AVCHD Camcorder Review: Panasonic AG-HSC1

 

If you are looking for a small, and we mean really small, 3-chip high-def AVCHD camcorder with professional features, then you really have only one choice: the new AG-HSC1 from Panasonic. As it has features like three 1/4" native 16:9 CCDs and manual...

Very compact Manual focus, iris, white balance options External mic jack

Manual focus control is tricky. No viewfinder Access to A/C power jack and some I/O can be restricted when on a tripod.

Impressive performance and some pro-level features are jammed into a very small, palm-sized camcorder.

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Panasonic AG-HSC1U

 

We expect the Panasonic AG-HSC1U to perform nearly identically to its consumer counterpart in all aspects other than color rendering because the camcorders are mechanically identical. Both are equipped with a 3-CCD imaging system that features 1/4"...

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Panasonic AG-HSC1U review

 

For many months I was debating over whether I should get the vx2100 or the Dvx. I eventually decided that this camera is superior enough to the vx to out weigh its price tag. I bought it form Blue Stripe Photo for $2600 as opposed to the vx for $2000,...

High-quality 1080i video; tiny; easy to use; tapeless; bundled card reader/backup drive

Impractical manual controls; lacks a viewfinder, progressive video recording, and headphone jack

Though it delivers good video with excellent color, the Panasonic AG-HSC1U falls short of its "professional" aspirations in most other ways.

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Panasonic AG HSC1

 

Introducing the AG-HSC1U, the world's smallest 3-chip AVCHD camcorder with professional features. Weighing only 1.1 lbs., this compact, handheld camcorder records beautiful, highly-accurate 1080i images in 16:9 in the new AVCHD format onto an SDHC...

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Panasonic AG HSC1

 

Panasonic has just announced a new device in their lineup of AVCHD camcorders. The Panasonic AG-HSC1 features three 1/4″ CCDs, all native 16:9, which sounds a lot like its sibling the Panasonic HDC-SD1. In fact, the AG-HSC1 is being called the first...

Small but powerful

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Quick review of Panasonic AG HSC1

 

Some time my movie club use this camera for Indoor event. Its better, with notes : there must be additional light from lamp or open the window.Nice camera

Product Specifications

This highly-affordable HD camcorder is ideal for widescreen, high-resolution event documentation, presentation, training, coaching, and video production applications. Compatible with the rapidly growing number of large HD flat screen displays as well as front and rear-screen projectors, the AG-HSC1U offers much sharper images than can be obtained by standard definition (SD) camcorders. Highly reliable and flexible because it's solid state with no moving parts like tape or disc-based systems, the noiseless AG-HSC1U camcorder records up to 88 minutes (41 minutes in the highest quality mode) of video on a high-speed 4GB SDHC memory card. A highly-portable 40GB hard drive, capable of receiving and storing the contents of 10 4GB SDHC cards in the field, is packaged with the camcorder. SD video can be output in the widescreen 16: 9 format. By utilizing the newly-developed, H.264-based Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) video format, the AG-HSC1U delivers two times the recording efficiency of older MPEG-2 codec technologies like HDV. The AVCHD format is supported by a growing number of leading companies throughout the industry.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:2.7in
Weight:15.2oz
Width:2.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SDHC Memory Card
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HSC1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic AG

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.56Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.68Mpix
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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