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Panasonic HDC-DX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Panasonic HDC-DX1. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the battery. Opinions about the memory and design are different.

usability, portability, price, image quality, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-DX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-DX1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-DX1 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the price.

usability, portability, image quality, reliability, size


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic - HDC-DX1 - High Definition Mini DVD CamcorderPanasonic - HDC-DX1 - High Definition Mini DVD Camcorder

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-DX1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-DX1 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 Reviewers really like the price, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.



76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-DX1 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition DVD Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-DX1 AVCHD 3CCD High Definition DVD Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


In a world where image is everything, the Panasonic HDC-DX1 is a baffling creation. It's definitely one of the most…unique camcorders we've ever laid eyes upon. With so many internal commonalities shared with its oh-so-sexy sister model, the HDC-SD1,...

Video quality in bright light, - Manual controls

Load time / wait time, - Portability, - Editing frustrations with AVCHD format

May, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (

Panasonic HDC-DX1 Camcorder Review


The HDC-DX1 and HDC-SD1 (both $1299 US MSRP) mark Panasonic's entry into consumer high definition video, and hey join a burgeoning niche of $1000 - $1300 HD camcorders. Unlike the SD1, which is the first HD consumer HD camcorder to use SD/SDHC media,...

Before assessing any AVCHD camcorder, we are forced to consider the state of the format. The new codec was announced jointly by its developers, Panasonic and Sony, about a year ago, and on paper it looked like a winner. Utilizing H.264 MPEG-4...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Guy Bruner (

Panasonic HDC-DX1 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-DX1 is a new, high-definition camcorder that uses the Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) recording format and records video to DVD disk and still pictures to SD and SDHC cards. Like its more expensive sibling - the HDC-SD1 -...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

Panasonic HDC-DX1


The HDC-DX1 is equipped with three 1/4" CCDs, each with a gross pixel count of 560K, which is an identical imaging system to its more stylish cousin, the HDC-SD1. Therefore, you can expect both camcorders to produce the same image. In bright light, the...

May, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (

Panasonic HDC-DX1


The Panasonic HDC-DX1 features three 1/4" CCDs, each with 560,000 gross pixels, which reduces to an effective pixel count of approximately 520,000. This is the same chip set found in the SD card-based equivalent camcorder, the HDC-SD1. We found a lot...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


An attractive offering from Panasonic, the HDC-DX1 is capable of delivering high definition video once its interface and menus have been mastered.

Sharp and clear images, vibrant colours

Design and interface make operation difficult and irritating at times

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : staff (

Panasonic HDC-DX1 review


Panasonic's HDV DVD debut gets pretty close to perfection

Excellent controls ; Impressive features ; Stunning picture quality

Could be a touch cheaper ; Lack of manual focus ring

Panasonic's first disc-based HDV cam reveals everything that's good about high-definition video

May, 2007

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Panasonic HDC-DX1


Panasonic's high-def DVD camcorder impresses, but its lack of storage capacity is a worry.

And as impressive as our first impressions of the Panasonic HDC-DX1 were, we are a little wary of the limited storage capacity offered by 8cm DVDs. The upcoming high-definition hard-drive models from other manufacturers or the HDC-SD1, along with some...

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

Amazing Value to break into HD!


For those understanding what it will take to get to HD at home - it's a "5". For those surpised by the new editing requirements for AVCHD - Blu Ray will be less than that. After hours of research, here's the top AVCHD after market compatible editing...

Awesome High Def home movies ; The 5.1 surround sound - (why did they not keep this on the 2nd generation?) ; EZ to navigate screens w/ toggle mouse ; 3" wide LCD screen ; EZ to find scenes/pics. I'm used to DV tapes of endless searching so this is...

Though the lithium battery will cover most avg. shooting lengths, price of 2nd battery as backup for long trips ($107 was the cheapest I could find) ; Not having even one media disk w/ camera ; Rear battery design looks awkward (Note to Panasonic...

Jan, 2008

Consumer review (

Motion picture on SD cards?


cheap price

According to the manual, motion pictures cannot be recorded on the SD card (including SDHC). Please remove the SDHC in the recording media

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., HDC-DX1 is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures. Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus. Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures. This model offers the high quality wide images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16: 9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16: 9 screen TV or a conventional 4: 3 TV. This model also features a high-density, 250, 000-pixel, wide 3.0-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16: 9 mode. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide. HDC-DX1 can record and play DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-R discs and SD/SDHC Memory Card. With the DVD-RAM disc, you can record again and again on the same disc, up to tens of thousand times. You can record repeatedly on DVD-RW discs as well, and they are well suited to editing. While you can record only once on DVD-R DL / DVD-R discs, they can be played back on almost any kind of BD player or recorder. With HDC-DX1 wide compatibility, you can record on whichever kind of disc works best in your BD player or recorder.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3
Display Resolution:250000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:1.6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12 / 700
Filter size:1.69
Focal length range (f-f):0.157 - 1.89
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12 / 700
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.5Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.7Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Photo mode: Yes
Power Requirements:DC 7.9/ 7.2V

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


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

Weight & Dimensions