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Panasonic HDC-HS9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. Reviews about the reliability and price are different.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

battery, connectivity

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The zoom also gets good comments.

zoom, usability

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

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

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the zoom and design are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the size, and many are critical about the battery and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, design, zoom

price, reliability, battery

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Panasonic HDC-HS9 Review


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

May, 2008

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

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.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

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...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

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,...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

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...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


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.

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

May, 2009

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic HDC-HS9 Camcorder


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

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : TechRadar (

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

A few minor niggles aside, this is a very competent camera with some nice features to boot

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Alex Kidman (

Panasonic HDC-HS900


3D-capable (with add-on lens). Excellent video quality. Records at 1080/50p. Touchscreen controls actually work.

Doesn't seem to like OS X Lion much. SD card slot can all too easily sit outside the camera body. 3D is an add-on; you'll have to carry the lens with you to make it happen.

Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting, but it's not a light model to carry around, especially with the optional 3D lens bolted on.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Panasonic HDC-HS9


This year's high-def hybrid camcorder from Panasonic is of the much more useful SD card/hard-disk variety. There's 60GB of on-board storage and 1080p recording at 25fps.

Ample hard-disk room for high-def footage. Records video to SD/SDHC cards. Smallish size.

Colours oversaturated. Feature poor. Inconvenient joystick location.

Unless you can find a killer deal, the HS9 comes up short both in features and image quality zing.

Oct, 2010

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 formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.2

Camcorder Features

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


3D compatibility: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
LED Indicators: Yes

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7 / 3 / 3.5
Display resolution (numeric):230400 / 460800
Touch screen: No

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


Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):7.89
Effective megapixels (movie):7.59
Optical sensor size:1 / 4.1 / 1 / 6
Sensor Type:CMOS / MOS
Total megapixels:14.2 / 2.1 / 9.15

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.38 - 16.5 / 1.38 - 18.3 / 1.69 - 16.9
Digital Zoom:20 / 700
Filter size:1.46 / 1.81
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.38 - 16.5 / 1.38 - 18.3 / 1.69 - 16.9
Focal length range (f-f):0.118 - 1.18 / 0.136 - 1.63
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital / Optical
Interchangeable Lens:No / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Maximum aperture number:2.8
Min Focal Length:3mm
Minimum aperture number:1.5
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 12
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.)

Other Features

Additional accessories:AC Adaptor, AC Cable, DC Cable, Video Component Cable, AV Cable, IR Remote, USB Cable
Aperture range (F-F):1.5 - 2.8
Audio Output:1 / Y
Auto focus: Yes
Cable type:Video Component, AV, USB, AC/DC
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):10.9 / 6.8
Power Requirements:DC 7.2/9.3 V / DC 7.2V / 9.3V / DC7.2 V/9.3 V
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer 2.5E / HD Writer AE 3.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2-1/2000 / 1/25
Shutter speed (video):1/2-1/500 / 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1024 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 4608 x 3072
Still image resolution(s):10.5 x 5.79 x 2.99 / 1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,2560 x 1920,2880 x 1920,3072 x 1728,3200 x 2400,3600 x 2400,3840 x 2160,4032 x 3024,4864 x 2736


Camcorder media type:HDD / HDD, Memory card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:220 / 60
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory slots:1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:50
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

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


Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Optical
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.96 / 5.75
Height:2.83 / 2.91
Weight:13.8 / 16
Width:2.64 / 2.95

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, daylight, manual