Panasonic HC-X900M reviews: Flash and memory card storage Full HD 3D camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores very high on sound quality. - It scores poorly on weight.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 15 reviews.
Panasonic HC-X900M: Horizontally held, 3D, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description

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Allan , Gloucester Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Light easy to use
Bad points:
I feel this camera although very good is basically a point & shoot camera, it has not got the features of my mini DV camera, that was stolen!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Apr 2012

David , Ampfield, Romsey Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality, loads of useful features.
Bad points:
Battery life is average, biggest complaint by most people. But large capacity one is available.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Sep 2012

Francisco , Madrid Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Image
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Jun 2012

trevor, uxbridge Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very sharp picture, great colour reproduction, light weight and built in memory
Bad points:
The playback menu is a little tricky to work out at first regarding playing back from SD card or built in memory.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Aug 2012

Leland, Salford Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
1. Very easy to use and yet powerful when you look into the manual modes.
2. Light weight
3. Fantastic recordings
Bad points:
1. Recording time on battery-recommend the VW-VBN260 battery.
2. Sound needs adjustment for music.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Aug 2012

Brian , Swansea Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
My very first camcorder and I jumped straight in the deep end, so nothing to compare it with. I got the distinct impression it's serious bit of top-of-the-range kit. Feels reassuringly solidly built without being too heavy. A very functionally-sophisticated camera with fabulous picture quality in hi-res mode. Haven't got used to the menus yet. It seems a bit mind-boggling for a novice like me, but I'm working on it!

So glad I upgraded to a 3-core processor, 1Mb video card and Full HD monitor - I'd have been stuffed otherwise.
Bad points:
First thing I though was "this camera needs a neckstrap in case I drop it". It would have been easy to include some means of attaching one. As it hadn't any, I had to improvised one myself, it would have worried me a lot otherwise!

Not at all impressed by the primitive 'editing' software. Why on earth should I have to spend another £40-£50 on an independent? It should be in the box already.

They still haven't quite cracked the translation problem with the instructions, and there's an awful lot to wade through!

They really should include a mains charger in the box, as you definitely will be needing a spare battery. I'm finding it really hard to get one on the net - they don't even mention it on the Panasonic site?? Doh. Likewise the accessory lenses. I'd really like a widw-angle attachment, but no information - and I bet it's ridiculously pricey, if stills accessory lenses are anything to go by?
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Jul 2012

stephen, crowle,scunthorpe Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very light camcorder and easy to use
Bad points:
battery life could be better other then that the camcorders ok
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Aug 2012

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D Yes
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Flash and memory card
Connections USB
Connections HDMI
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 32
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 425
Screen size (Inches) 3.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.5
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 29.8
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 368.8
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-03-05

Also known as: HC-X900M

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Manufacturer's Description

  • Ultrafine Image Quality with 3MOS System Pro
  • Blur-Free Images with HYBRID O.I.S. +
  • F1.5, 29.8mm Leica Dicomar Lens with Nano Surface Coating Technology.
  • Advanced 3MOS Sensor
  • Crystal Engine Pro II
  • FULL HD 3D Recording*

Expert HD Camcorder HC-X900M with 3MOS System Pro bringing Panasonic’s Highest-Ever Image Quality

The 3MOS System Pro achieves a dramatic improvement in performance with a totally re-engineered lens, sensor, and engine. This allows the new system to produce Full-HD images with breathtaking color, detail and gradation. 3MOS System Pro is a next-generation imaging system that exhibits outstanding effects even under dim lighting, and produces bright, beautiful images with minimum noise.

HYBRID O.I.S. + uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves superb effects when shooting while walking. This lets the user capture crisp, clear images, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation. This revolutionary five-axis correction function corrects the kind of roll direction hand-shake that often occurs when shooting while walking, in addition to horizontal, vertical, yawing, and pitching four-axis correction.

A special nano surface coating is applied to the bright F1.5 Leica Dicomar Lens. This lens minimizes the distortion and degradation of contrast and resolution that tend to occur at the lens periphery. By forming a nano-level, microstructure film with an ultra-low refractive index onto the lens surface, the reflection of incident light is dramatically reduced and suppresses ghosting and flare. In addition, the 29.8mm wide-angle setting is especially handy for recording indoors or in tight spaces.

The Advanced 3MOS Sensor employs a pixel shift technology. The green MOS sensor is shifted vertically and horizontally relative to the blue and red MOS sensors with submicron-level accuracy. This achieves high-speed processing that is approximately equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full-HD pixel. This technology renders ultrafine images with excellent color reproduction and superb detail.

By using the Crystal Engine Pro II to perform high-speed processing of the huge number of pixels – approximately equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full-HD – that are obtained with pixel shift technology, superb Full-HD image quality is achieved even in detailed image parts. The improved processing capability also dramatically reduces noise by 40%* compared with previous models, to record clear, stunningly beautiful images even in dim lighting. * Compared to HDC-HS900/TM900/SD900/SD800.


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