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Panasonic HDC-HS250

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS250. 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. People are impressed by the color and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative opinions about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS250 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS250

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS250 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the color and image quality. The price and portability also get good comments. Comments are divided on the size, and there are some negative comments about the viewfinder.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS250-K Hard Drive High Definition Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HDC-HS250-K Hard Drive High Definition Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS250 review:

 

Panasonic's trio of top-of-the-prosumer-line HD camcorders--the flash-based HDC-TM300 , and hard-drive-based HDC-HS300 and HDC-HS250--in many ways vastly improve over older models like the HS100 and SD100 . Panasonic jettisoned most of what I disliked...

High-quality video; solid performance; broad manual feature set.

Touch screen not responsive enough

A very good prosumer HD camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-HS250 is the best deal of its product line, but has the same annoying touch-screen interface.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Ricky (etechreviews.net)

Panasonic HDC-HS250 Digital Camcorder

 

Panasonic has unveiled three high end and three entry level camcorders into the market. The Panasonic HDC-HS250 and HS 300 are two high end models. The new models have 120 GB hard disk that holds up to 50 hours of footage at the lowest quality...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS250K

 

This HDV camcorder is ideal for a beginning videographer.

Most of the controls are accessed on this device's LCD touchscreen

This Panasonic camcorder has poor low light recording capabilities

The Panasonic HDC-HS250K is an HDV camcorder that is simple to operate and will provide you with high quality images. This is a device targeted towards a beginner as it lacks a lot of higher-quality features found in other devices. However, this device...

Consumer review by: TonyK (dell.com)

Awesome Camcorder

 

This is by far the best camcorder that I have ever purchased. It takes very clear video with hardly any noise even at low light. The only bad thing is lack of software to encode AVCHD. Highly recommended product.

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: LindaPS (dell.com)

Recording memories

 

I was still using my big old VHS recorder I have had for years, until my daughter started High School Band. This is so much smaller to carry, and the difference in sound and picture quality is amazing. It does however, require time to learn. I tried...

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Good camcorder; home theater integration could be easier

 

This is my first HD camcorder. I didn't buy it on Newegg, but I did end up buying a new CPU and graphics card here when I saw how much my onboard graphics choked on the 1080i files. If you want to play these AVCHD videos under Windows, check out Media...

Good set of features ; Remote control can be used instead of touch screen, especially useful for delicate shots where poking at the screen would jolt the picture ; Hard drive holds about sixteen hours of video at highest quality ; Hybrid - supports SD...

No input for external microphone ; Only supports 5.1 surround playback over HDMI when viewing directly from camera (see "other thoughts") ; Camera is panning too quickly" message appears a little more often than I'd like ; fine details in moving...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: Joseph (newegg.com)

Great Full HD Camera

 

I bought a UV Lense and a wide angle lense and just WoW...amazing. I love my camera, i got it becuse my daughter is only 15 months old and i want to keep memories of her when she was a baby. Plus we are having a family get-together at the beach on this...

I love this camera, pretty much point and shot. I playback my movies on my 47 inch HDTV via HDMI cable, and the picture is just astonishing. Its got a 3MOS chips....instead of only 1 and is a lot more clear'er then the other HD Cameras, I went thru a...

It doesn't come with a Mini-hdmi cable, have to buy else where. Some people complain about the touch screen, but i dont see any problem with it. Very easy to use

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: greekgirl07 (viewpoints.com)

easy to use camcorder ”

 

I got this camcorder for about two weeks already. It's very easy to start operating it even without reading the manual. The touch screen feature is great! You can basically play on the touch screen and see the difference of the picture quality right on...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: (ciao.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS250 for movie

 

The HS250 offer's many of same manual features as it is more expensive for another, you access them via a button that lives in the LCD recess; it invokes manual focus, white balance, shutter, and iris. Primary operation occurs through the touch-screen...

Portable

Expansive

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: (ciao.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS250

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS250 is a high-definition camcorder with 1920 x 1080 resolution HD video recording capability with 3MOS image sensor (three 1/4.1 inch 3.05 pixel CMOS sensors) with 1.6 lux luminance for low light conditions, giving up to a total of...

High - quality video ; solid performance ; broad manual feature set

Touch screen not responsive enough

Jun, 2009
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Product Specifications

HD images contain 6 times as much information as standard images. HDTV has 1,080 horizontal scan lines, SDTV has 480. That translates into much higher resolution and much finer detail. With HD images on an HDTV, pictures are so clear and sharp that you can see textures. The shift in the industry from SDTV to HDTV is well underway. For shooting once-in-a-lifetime scenes that you want to capture in full beauty, an HD camcorder is the best choice. For videos of important moments you want to preserve, you want high image quality. That's what Panasonic's 3MOS system delivers, with a combination of optical technologies that further enhance the quality of Full-HD images. The 3MOS system produces extremely accurate images with superb rendition of differences in darkness and light, rich color expression, and a full 1,080 lines of horizontal resolution. This advanced technology helps turn once-in-a-lifetime moments into vivid, beautiful images. There's nothing more disappointing than shooting an once-in-a-lifetime event on video, only to discover that the images are blurry or poorly exposed because of backlighting. Panasonic's iA helps avoid problems in difficult shooting situations by automatically making the optimal camera settings and activating certain functions. For example, iA now includes AF Tracking, a function that "locks" on and follows a subject as it moves, so images are sharply focused and properly exposed. This technology is a huge help for everyone.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:2.9in
Weight:930.3lbs/930.3lbs / 14.9oz
Width:2.7in

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-HS250/HDC-HS250K
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.65Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" )
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

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder