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Panasonic HDC-HS9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and design. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the features and connectivity. Views are divided on the value for money.

image quality, portability, usability, design, size

connectivity, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic HDC-HS9


Three years ago, the Panasonic HDC-HS9 would have been revolutionary, and its image-quality-to-price ratio would have impelled users to look past its limitations. Today, the camcorder is an also-ran on our comparison chart. Its most impressive features...

Compact size ; Affordable price

Disappointing image quality ; Poor low-light footage

This AVCHD camcorder’s lackluster performance is only partially offset by a low price.

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Panasonic HDC-HS9 Review


Hi-def camcorders are shrinking so rapidly, they make singer Amy Winehouse seem positively plump. A great example is the new Panasonic HDC-HS9, a combination 60GB hard disk drive, SDHC AVCHD home video maker that weighs 15.8 ounces including the...

Ample HD storage; compact and lightweight

Poor video and still quality; menu and icons need updating; poorly placed joystick

Panasonic's quality doesn't compare to the other models out there.

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Panasonic HDC-HS9 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-HS9 ($1,099 MSRP) is another of the manufacturer's third-generation AVCHD camcorders. Nearly identical to the HDC-SD9, the HS9 adds a 60GB hard disk drive (HDD) and a hefty $300 price hike. It's a sleek, compact design that feels good...

The bottom line is there's just nothing exciting about this camcorder. Unless Panasonic gets its act together soon, the future of its camcorder dynasty could be up a creek without a paddle. Now is the time to dust off those old MiniDV blueprints from...


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Panasonic HDC-HS9


The HDC-HS9 delivers a decent image in bright light, but it's nothing to hold a parade for. Inside are three 1/6-inch CCDs, which is a downgrade from Panasonic's first-generation HDC-SD1, which had larger chips. Sharpness, color detail, and overall...

The HDC-HS9's Auto mode suits most well-lit shooting environments. However, in lower light settings we noticed the auto focus faltering. For shooters who want a modicum of interaction with their camcorder but may not have a lot of shooting experience,...

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Panasonic HDC-HS9


The Panasonic HDC-HS9 ($1099 MSRP) is another of the manufacturer's third generation AVCHD camcorder. Nearly identical to the HDC-SD9, the HS9 adds a 60GB hard disk drive (HDD) and a hefty $300 price hike. It's a sleek, compact design that feels good...

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

image quality, usability, portability, design, connectivity

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD 3CCD 60GB Hard Drive High Definition Hybrid Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Terrible Experience


Great picture while it worked

This was a lot of money for me I treated the camera like a child. After ~6mo it died so I sent it in for repair. They refused to fix it claiming they found corrosion - so help me it was never even near water. Now I'm out a LOT of money

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Amazing camera


I bought a 16GB SD card, and it's worked fantastically along with the camera.

I got this about 2 months, ago, and since then, I went on a cruise to Alaska, along with a few other places, and this camera is amazing. It took a while to import the files into my computer.

The picture quality isn't perfectly crisp, but then again, it doesn't have to be. I ended up downscaling the picture quality to 720P... This camera also isn't compatible with Apple's iMovie or Final Cut Pro. However, it does work with ""Toast Titanium""

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Panasonic HDC-HS9


The HDC-HS9 records AVCHD video and JPEG still is on a hard drive or 60GB SD / SDHC memory cards (the latter are not compatible with the device). The unit of four parameters of the video to 6 Mbit / s to 17 Mbit / s, we tested camcorder to 17 Mbps.

Great performance


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Panasonic HDC HS9


Not cause the design of Panasonic HDC HS9 does not become ergonomis. Camcorder body design is quite brief, light weight also. The performance of Panasonic HDC HS9 focus our value is quite responsive and accurate. Panasonic HDC HS9 lens is also equipped...

Media record store with a hard disk 60 GB ; format video files High Definition Video (progressive)

There are no connectors support additional tools for recording

Product Specifications

The HS9 introduces Panasonic's first Face Detection function for use in recording moving pictures with a camcorder. Face Detection automatically locates any faces in the picture and adjusts the exposure, contrast and skin tone to achieve optimal results. Even when the faces are backlit or the lighting is low, the recorded faces are clear and easy to see and not lost in the shadows. With Face Detection, there's no longer a need to use different correction functions in different kinds of shooting situations. To maximize the advantage of Full High Definition 1920 x 1080p (25fps), users must shoot top quality footage. Errors in shooting the footage can often lead to dissapointment. The HS9 assist users and the results are less mistakes. Intelligent Shooting Guide detects when shooting conditions are poor such as when the camcorder is panning too quickly or tilted, the user's hand is swinging, the subject is backlit, or the lighting is too low - and displays operating advice in the LCD. Users become aware of a potential problem before they shoot, rather than later when reviewing or playing back the recording. This gives them a chance to correct the settings and get good, error-free results every time. 3CCD camera system works by splitting the light received through the lens into its three primary color components (red, green and blue), and the signal from each is processed by one of the three CCDs. Compared with conventional 1CCD camera systems, Panasonic's 3CCD system provides more vivid, true-to-life colors, greater detail and richer gradation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


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


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:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

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


Viewfinder Type: None