Panasonic HDC-HS100 reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

8 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-HS100: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Mickey, woodbridge yes ok

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Nice camera
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Oct 2008

Malcom, Aberdeen Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Generally speaking high quality image. Light weight - good battery life.
Bad points:
Replay controls not as handy as older Panasonics. A little grainy in low light.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Apr 2009

erik, kokkedal goes for quality

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
easy to carry and handle - good picture quality. nice to have hdd as well as sd
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Sep 2008

John, Cramlington A young retiree.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Straightforward and simple to use in automatic mode.
Bad points:
You need to buy an mini HDMI cable to simplify watching on an HD TV, should not be an optional extra.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2008

Andy, Hants, UK

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very lo weight, very simple to use. Picture quality extremely good in full daylight or in a room with overhead lights on.
Bad points:
Quality diminishes a little if the lighting inside is a little dingy (table lights only). Footage taken in low light looks more grainy. You just need to remember to put the lights on indoors if you're recording.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Dec 2008

john, holmfirth

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Image quality is excellent
Bad points:
AI setting tries to be too clever resulting in jerky pans and moving steady frame. Editing software supplied is poor
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 May 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
compact witn amazing abilities in such a small camcorder
Bad points:
bit fiddly controls
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Dec 2008

This Panasonic HDC-HS100 is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 60
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 420
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 42.1
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 505
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-08-14

Also known as: Panasonic HDC HS100, PANASONIC HDCHS100, Panasonic HDCHS100EBK, HDC-HS100

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Manufacturer's Description

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.


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