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Panasonic HDC-HS9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and design. The usability and image quality also get good comments, whereas the connectivity and features get negative reviews. Comments about the reliability and value for money are different.

portability, image quality, usability, design, size

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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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS9

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 12 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, size, usability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-HS9EB-S HD Camcorder

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS9

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, portability, design, build quality

features

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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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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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Panasonic HDC-HS9 review

 

Here's a £700 HD cam that manages to cram two formats into its modest frame

Great pictures ; Compact yet robust build ; Plenty of features

A bit heavy ; Awkward positioning of joystick ; Mini HDMI not included

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Panasonic HDC-HS9

 

The HDC-HS9 is Panasonic's second flagship high-def camcorder for 2008; launching alongside the nearly identical-sounding HDS-SD9. (A note to store ow...

60GB of inbuilt memory, lightweight design, stunning 'full HD' video resolution, solid still images mode

No 3.5mm microphone or headphone jacks, directional stick requires two-handed operation, occasional noise issues

The HDC-HS9 is arguably the best high-definition camcorder in its price range; with the possible exception of its stablemate; the HDC-SD9. For our money, the HDC-HS9 comes out slightly on top due to its 60GB hard drive. Highly recommended.

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Panasonic HDC-HS9 Camcorder

 

It's the SD9's chunkier sibling, but does that make it better?

The HS9 records video in the AVCHD format, which uses the more efficient MPEG-4 AVC H.264 compression system rather than the MPEG-2 of HDV. Four quality modes are available. The HA, HG and HX modes record at 1,920 x 1,080, but HE uses the same 1,440 x...

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Panasonic HDC-HS9

 

It may not be a looker, but in all other respects this Panasonic is a stunning camera

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SimplyDV Review: Panasonic HDC-HS9 3CCD AVCHD Camcorder

 

We review a 3CCD AVCHD "Hybrid" camcorder that records 1920x1080 25P Cinema Mode video with 5.1 Surround Sound to SDHC memory cards in addition to 60GB Hard Disc Drive!

The HDC-SD9 is a great camcorder for those looking for a starter camcorder that is capable of shooting and playing back high definition video designed to look and sound great on large-format flat-panel TV displays when connected digitally, and in that...

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
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:13.8oz
Width:3in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-HS9
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None