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60GB HDD /SD Card Hiybrid 3MOS Full-HD Camcorder The HS100 is a hybrid model that records full-HD image... See full description.
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  • 1920x1080 pixels

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60GB HDD/SD Card Hiybrid 3MOS Full-HD Camcorder

The HS100 is a hybrid model that records full-HD images onto either an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card or the built-in 60-GB hard disk. A 32-GB SDHC Memory Card** can hold around 12 hours of recorded video clips, and the 60-GB hard disk can hold around 23 hours (both in HE mode). This gives the HS100 a total capacity of around 35 hours of full-HD recording. The HS100 can copy recorded video images from the SD Memory Card to the hard disk, or vice versa, with easy operation.

The HS100 features the 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic based on its proven 3CCD technology. Compared with a conventional 1MOS, Panasonic’s new 3MOS system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colours, greater detail and richer gradation. Also, the MOS sensor’s light-receiving area is about double* that of a CCD sensor, so sensitivity is higher. That realizes much better low light performance down to 2 lux. * Compared with the HDC-SD9/HDC-HS9

The Manual Ring is provided for users who want more creative freedom in their image production. In the HS100, users can enjoy precise, responsive fingertip control over five key settings — zoom, focus, iris, shutter speed, and white balance.

The iA function automatically activates several convenient shooting functions. These include Advanced O.I.S., which compensates for hand-shake to eliminate blurring; Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure so faces are captured perfectly; and Intelligent Contrast Control, which helps ensure proper contrast. Also included is the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines the shooting conditions and automatically selects the scene setting that will provide optimal results. (Face/Scenery/Low light/Spot Light)

The Leica Dicomar lens system used in the HS100 comprises 12 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lenses to improve resolution and contrast and an LD (low-dispersion) lens to prevent colour bleeding. Also, a special multi-coating process is applied to all lens elements to minimise chromatic aberration, so images are crisp, clear, and free of flare and ghosting. The use of a highly-refractive lens also made it possible to have both 12x zoom power and a compact body.

product specification
Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080 pixels
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12x optical zoom
Media format Hard disk drive storage
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC card
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700x digital zoom
Type of image stabiliser Optical image stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity 60GB Storage
Shortest shutter speed 1/8000 min. shutter speed
Weight (g) 420g
Screen size 2.7"
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length 42.1 Millimetres
Highest focal length 505 Millimetres
Type of chip CMOS chip
Release date 14 Aug 2008