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Panasonic HDC-HS100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the resolution and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the battery and features. Comments are divided on the value for money.

usability, portability, image quality, size, resolution

design, features, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic HDC-HS100

 

Panasonic wisely halved the price of its formerly top-of-the-line twin AVCHD camcorders, the hard-drive-based Panasonic HDC-HS100 and flash-based HDC-SD100, after they'd only been on the market for about six months. Though they provide a decent manual...

Full set of manual controls; EVF

Middling video quality; some annoying design quirks

Though it has a nice feature set for the price, the Panasonic HDC-HS100 doesn't deliver the quality of video you expect from an HD camcorder in its price segment.

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Panasonic HDC-HS100 HD Camcorder

 

This Panasonic high-def camcorder offers great usability and control, but its image quality is merely decent.

Best-in-class handling and manual control

Flawed low-light performance ; Oversaturated color

On the software side, Panasonic bundles HD Writer 2.6E, a limited but functional Windows-only editing application. Mac users can edit the HS100's AVCHD video with iMovie '08. On either platform you'll want to use a computer built around a 2-GHz Intel...

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Panasonic HDC-HS100

 

In our roundup of high-definition camcorders for our December 2008 print issue, we called the Panasonic HDC-HS9 a disappointment, mainly because of its lackluster image quality. I'm glad to say that the newer Panasonic HDC-HS100 HD camcorder is a...

Best-in-class handling and manual control

Flawed low-light performance ; Oversaturated color

Offers great usability and control, but its image quality is merely decent.

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Panasonic HDC-HS100 Camcorder Review - Panasonic Hybrid Camcorders

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS100, though it was announced only a few weeks ago, is an anticipated camcorder. Many years ago, Panasonic ruled the roost for power users and budget videographers. The Panasonic PV-GS400 was the king of them all, so loaded with...

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Panasonic HDC-HS100

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS100 is a fairly compact camcorder that still satisfies the demands of a video enthusiast. While the storage capacity (a 60GB internal hard drive) remains unchanged since the HDC-SD9, most of the internal features have been updated...

While the HDC-HS9 was designed for consumers looking for a compact, easy-to-use camcorder, the HS100 is built for semi-pros and people who want true control over their footage. The camera doesn't have the video quality of new models from Canon, Sony,...

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Panasonic HDC-HS100

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS100, though it was announced only a few weeks ago, is an anticipated camcorder. Many years ago, Panasonic ruled the roost for power users and budget videographers. The Panasonic PV-GS400 was the king of them all, so loaded with...

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

portability, image quality, usability, resolution, color

design, value for money

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-HS100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 60GB Hard Drive & 12x Optical Zoom

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Panasonic HDC-HS100 60GB/SDHC card video camcorder

 

I got this by redeeming United Airline miles. Originally I was suppose to get an Canon model, but they did a last minute substitution.

High quality stabilized video with generous storage size, options, and 5.1 audio

Low light capability is just OK; AC adapter design is awkward

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$$$Panasonic HDC-HS100$$$

 

This model of high clear camera mainly faces the high-end expense crowd, uses the 3CMOS imaging system, may photograph 1920Ã-1080 the resolution movie. Can definitely satisfy us to output the high clear video frequency daily demand Matushita...

good 1920Ã ; 1080 the resolution movie

bad 5.1 sound track encirclement stereo sound

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Panasonic HDC-HS100

 

76.0mm x 138.0mm Content : Panasonic HDC-HS100 Digital Camcorder (PAL) Battery Charger AV & USB Cables Component Cable Remote Control CD Rom User ... Read review

Compensation : yes Electronic View Finder

Features : - Full HD 1920x1080 - 60GB HDD/SD Card Hybrid - 3MOS System - Manual Ring - iA (intell

Product Specifications

HDC-HS100 is the AVCHD camcorder with a 3MOS system which provides superb video image quality. The hybrid HDC-HS100 records to both SD Memory Card and to its internal hard drive. It includes manual functions for the user wanting more precise control over zoom, focus, iris, shutter speed and white balance and also includes Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, an intuitive set of technologies that automatically activate, making video shooting an easy, seamless process.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:3in
Weight:14.8oz
Width:2.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-HS100/HDC-HS100-K
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:35.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.95mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.52Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:610Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:3MOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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