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Panasonic HDC-HS20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS20. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and zoom are overall positive. The portability and price are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the color and size. Views about the reliability and battery are different.

usability, price, portability, zoom, durability

image quality, size, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HDC-HS20 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-HS20 HD Camcorder (Black)

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Gagan Gupta (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


With just about every compact camera boasting HD video recording, the pressure is on for camcorder manufacturers. Sure a regular digicam would not come close in giving the quality, functionality and ease of use of its digital camcorder counterpart, but...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Panasonic HDC-HS20-K HD camcorder


A Full HD Panasonic camcorder with Intelligent Auto and an 80GB hard drive

Attractive and sturdy design, beginner-friendly modes and features, optical image stabiliser

Components could be of higher quality, outclassed by some of its rivals

The Panasonic HDC-HS20-K is a reasonable high-definition camcorder with some very user-friendly features. If you're new to video and want the Full HD treatment, this model mostly delivers.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


How will Panasonic's latest entry into its growing camcorder range fare? James finds out.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Richa Sharma (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


A camcorder which comes with a built in 80 GB hard drive, Xenon flash and can record 10 hours of video in full HD

Full HD ; 80 GB storage ; Xenon flash

Weak LED light

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: Quicker (

Great Camera


It does not have an optical viewer so if you are shooting outdoors in the sunshine, be sure to have something to shade the LCD.

The video pictures from this camera are nothing short of outstanding. And easy to shoot. The touch screen is very easy to navigate and once you have set the camera up the way you want, it is just point and shoot. The Camera delivers a perfect picture...

It does use a lot of power. The standard battery gives only about 1 hour of HD maximum resolution

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


No viewfinder

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: Reacher07 (

Panasonic HDC-HS20GN-K Digital Movie Camcorder


This is a great camcorder and certainly one that I would recommend. It gives you the option of recording your footage onto an internal hard drive or onto an SD card, which is a very handy feature if you get stuck for storage on one of these options....

Oct, 2001

Product Specifications

Panasonic HD camcorders allow you to get the kind of high-definition image quality that suits today's age of large-screen TVs. The touch screen lets you operate a variety of functions intuitively. In addition, the iA functions make it easy to capture beautiful images in virtually any situation. A high-performance Leica lens makes it possible to pack an optical 16x powerful zoom into a compact body. You can zoom close to catch dynamic shots of distant objects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.3
Max Focal Length:47.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.95mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.17Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.17Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.47Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

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 / H.264
Digital Zoom:1000
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG