Panasonic HDC-HS20 reviews: Hard disk drive storage HD camcorder

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8.5 out of 10 based on 4 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-HS20: Horizontally held, 16x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Marilyn, Dundee

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Point & shoot, very easy. On screen info tool very good. Incredibly easy to operate, even for my technophobic other half!!! Separate battery charging (without camcorder attached) excellent, means if you've got more than 1 battery (which is a necessity, the one that comes with the camera is the smallest capacity) the camera can be in use while the spare battery is charging.
Still pictures are easy to take and quality brill. We had a Sony TRV before which was an excellent camcorder of it's day...but was a BRICK weight compared to our new one!! Very happy with our purchase!!
Bad points:
No viewfinder (as for most new camcorders) which helped with shake, but once you get used to just using the lcd screen it's no problem.
The zoom button needs practice but the on screen info lets you know when it happens.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Apr 2009

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Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
No viewfinder
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 16
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1000
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 80
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 360
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 44.1
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 706
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-02-10

Also known as: PANASONIC HDC HS20, HDC-HS20, Panasonic HDCHS20EBK, Panasonic HDC-HS20EB-K

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Manufacturer's Description

80GB Full HD SD Card/HDD Hybrid Camcorder with 16x Optical Zoom

The HS20 is a hybrid camcorder that records Full HD images either on an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card or the built-in 80GB hard disk drive. A 32-GB SDHC Memory Card** can hold around 12 hours of recorded video clips (in HE mode). The HS20 can copy recorded video images from the SD Memory Card to the hard disk, or vice versa, with easy operation.

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. And AF Tracking keeps the subject in focus even if it moves around to ensure continuously perfect image quality.

The HS20 records on both SD and SDHC Memory Cards. Because SD Memory Cards require no transport mechanism, the HS20 is highly resistant to external impact. This combines with its small size and weight to achieve unmatched mobility.


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