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Panasonic HDC-HS300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the color and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated. The zoom and battery get critical views.

price, portability, usability, image quality, color

durability, battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 20 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS300 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, image quality, usability, design, resolution

price, battery, zoom

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-HS300 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 120gb Hard Disc Drive with 3MOS sensor - Black

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

price, portability, usability, image quality, color

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS300 HDD HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HDC-HS300 HDD HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HDC-HS300 HDD HD Camcorder (Silver)

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Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

A very good prosumer HD camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-HS300 still isn't as good a deal as the similarly featured but flash-based TM300 and has the same annoying touch-screen interface.

High-quality video; solid performance; electronic viewfinder; full manual feature set

Touch screen not responsive enough

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Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

Excellent picture quality even in low light ; Good range of manual controls ; Built-in storage capacity

Wind noise ; Build quality not as good as some rivals ; Interface can be confusing

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Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

A video camera lives or dies by its optics. A poor-quality model (think: the Flip for about $100, or a no-name brand at Best Buy) is a real disappointment in terms of resolution and color depth, even though it makes YouTube uploading easy. Similarly, a...

Good color quality; manual zoom and focus; records in 1080p; light and portable; great 24p options

Not quite prosumer; small LCD screen; few scene modes; non-standard HDMI port

Panasonic has made the sensors in the HDC-HS300 work overtime

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Panasonic HDC-HS300 Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS300 (MSRP 1399.99) has just about everything you could want in a high-end consumer camcorder. It features a wide range of manual controls, Panasonic's popular lens ring for making adjustments, a retractable electronic viewfinder,...

The Panasonic HDC-HS300 (MSRP $1399.99) is a strong camcorder all around. Its array of manual controls, along with the inclusion of a sleek lens ring, should appeal to experienced users and traditional videographers. At the same time, the new iA...

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Panasonic HDC-HS300 First Impressions Camcorder Review - HDD

 

The HDC-HS300 is the top-of-the-line high definition camcorder from Panasonic coming for 2009. As with last year's HDC-HS100 and HDC-SD100, Panasonic is providing users with plenty of bells and whistles for experienced videophiles: a viewfinder, lens...

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Review: Panasonic HDC-HS300 HD camcorder

 

Panasonic's HDC-HS300 is capable of extraordinary video quality and offer a good range of manual options, with manual lens ring controls that are as easy to use as they are capable.

The HDC-HS300 also offers a maximum AVCHD video recording resolution of 1920-by-1080 at 17Mbps, which looks a lot lower than the 24Mbps that Canon uses is similarly-priced camcorders. The HDC-HS300 includes a lens ring for focusing, and other manual...

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Videomaker's 2009 Best Hard Drive Camcorder: Panasonic HDC-HS300 AVCHD Camcorder Review

 

View all of the best consumer video production products of 2009, selected by the editors of Videomaker The Follow-Up Following on the heels of last year's HS100 (Videomaker's 2008 Best Hard Drive Camcorder winner), Panasonic has unleashed its...

Manual focus ring ; Intelligent auto ; High-resolution stills

Reliance of touchscreen interface

Consumer camera at its best. Offers both manual customization and auto presets to conquer any shooting scenario.

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Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

Packed with a 120GB internal hard drive, HD video capability, and a host of controls and features, the HDC-HS300 (MSRP $1399) represents Panasonic's top-of-the-line camcorder for 2009. The most surprising facet of the camcorder was its test results,...

Panasonic implemented a new touchscreen LCD system on a number of camcorders this year, including the HDC-HS300. While touchscreens are often shunned by pro and advanced users, they are generally liked by amateurs. The touchscreen on the HDC-HS300 is...

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Panasonic HDC-HS300

 

A host of features and excellent performance make it a first-class pick

Superb color & noise results; Excellent controls; Smooth motion & good sharpness

DC input is a pain

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Panasonic HDC-HS300 review

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS300 is a very good prosumer HD camcorder, but it isn't as good a deal as the similarly featured but flash-based TM300, and it has the same annoying touchscreen interface

Solid performance ; Excellent video ; Electronic viewfinder ; Full set of manual features

Touchscreen isn't responsive enough

Product Specifications

The HDC-HS300K is a 120GB hard disk drive/SD card hybrid Full-HD camcorder with 3 MOS system, Intelligent Auto, advanced optical image stabilization, and manual ring. 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 a 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. Panasonic's advanced O.I.S. helps suppress the effects of hand-shake as you shoot, for both motion and still images. This system uses gyro sensors to detect even tiny amounts of hand-shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts the optical axis to compensate - all at an astounding 4,000 times per second. It also covers approximately 3 times the stabilization area of the previous SD9 model. Because the system is optical, there's only minimal loss of image quality even when viewed on a large-screen TV. In addition, to shoot high-resolution still images, the normal O.I.S. Mode 1 is joined by an O.I.S. Mode 2, which has a higher stabilization capability. The O.I.S. corrective lens shifts and stabilizes the image the instant that the shutter button is pressed, to enable greater precision in stabilization. You get all the beauty and minimal blurring. The time lapse function uses longer frame intervals than standard shooting. You can use this function to capture shortened or condensed footage of events that actually take place over a much longer time period. For example, time lapse recording is ideal for shooting a flower in the process of blooming, or a long, slow sunset. With time lapse recording, you have an interesting video technique to explore. The maximum continuous recording time is 12 hours.

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:5.6in
Height:2.9in
Weight:16.2oz
Width:2.8in

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 / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset/Spotlight / Portrait mode / Night portrait / Scenery / Fireworks / Low light / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Beach / Snow

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Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-HS300/HDC-HS300K/HDC-HS300P-K
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 / 1/4.1"/1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS/CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS/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 / H.264/AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive / Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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