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Panasonic HDC-DX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and usability are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the memory. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder.

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

battery, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-DX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic HDC-DX1 Camcorder Review


The HDC-DX1 and HDC-SD1 (both $1299 US MSRP) mark Panasonic's entry into consumer high definition video, and hey join a burgeoning niche of $1000 - $1300 HD camcorders. Unlike the SD1, which is the first HD consumer HD camcorder to use SD/SDHC media,...

Before assessing any AVCHD camcorder, we are forced to consider the state of the format. The new codec was announced jointly by its developers, Panasonic and Sony, about a year ago, and on paper it looked like a winner. Utilizing H.264 MPEG-4...

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Panasonic HDC-DX1 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-DX1 is a new, high-definition camcorder that uses the Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) recording format and records video to DVD disk and still pictures to SD and SDHC cards. Like its more expensive sibling - the HDC-SD1 -...

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Panasonic HDC-DX1


The HDC-DX1 is equipped with three 1/4" CCDs, each with a gross pixel count of 560K, which is an identical imaging system to its more stylish cousin, the HDC-SD1. Therefore, you can expect both camcorders to produce the same image. In bright light, the...


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Panasonic HDC-DX1


The Panasonic HDC-DX1 features three 1/4" CCDs, each with 560,000 gross pixels, which reduces to an effective pixel count of approximately 520,000. This is the same chip set found in the SD card-based equivalent camcorder, the HDC-SD1. We found a lot...

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greatest picture I ever saw from a camera.


wut ever

nice quality machine

Steep learning curve

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Pretty Good HD Cam


You can see some of the edited video for yourself at and see what you think. Overall very good camera for the price, it takes great still shots too. We have an HP Quad Core PC with Corel Video Studio, which plays and edits the...

Video quality is excellent if you can hold the camera still ; Corel Video Studio plays the finalized disks just fine. We use this camera for our racing team and upload to website

Battery life isn't great ; Don't use DVD-R discs, to many errors If you can't "finalize" then the PC can't read the disc ; Only Photos' go to sim chip

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Great buy for a HD camcorder


SD-Card for stills, great color

No Firewire, Length of video limited by disc

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HD Video Quality is breath taking but camcorder could use a couple design tweaks


This camcorder takes the best video picture quality from any HD camcorder $1200 or less, on the market today... even compared to the Sony HD camcorders. The 3-CCD technology enables this camcorder to capture more brillaint colors in low light and even...

Briliant Live-Like 1080 HD Video Quality, quality low-light shots, brilliant colors, 5.1 Surround Snd, HDMI Connection

No software for basic editing or to copy video footage to hard-drive, no drivers to enable PC's to recognize DVD-ROM to port video, poor battery placement, poor view finder

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HDC-DX1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-DX1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-DX1 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition DVD Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-DX1 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition DVD Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Product Specifications

Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., HDC-DX1 is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures. Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus. Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures. This model offers the high quality wide images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16: 9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16: 9 screen TV or a conventional 4: 3 TV. This model also features a high-density, 250, 000-pixel, wide 3.0-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16: 9 mode. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide. HDC-DX1 can record and play DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-R discs and SD/SDHC Memory Card. With the DVD-RAM disc, you can record again and again on the same disc, up to tens of thousand times. You can record repeatedly on DVD-RW discs as well, and they are well suited to editing. While you can record only once on DVD-R DL / DVD-R discs, they can be played back on almost any kind of BD player or recorder. With HDC-DX1 wide compatibility, you can record on whichever kind of disc works best in your BD player or recorder.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

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:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.5Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.7Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD