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80GB Full HD SD/ HDD Hybrid Camcorder with 3MOS Sensor System The HS200 is a hybrid model that records F... See full description.
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  • 1920x1080 pixels

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80GB Full HD SD/HDD Hybrid Camcorder with 3MOS Sensor System

The HS200 is a hybrid model 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 HS200 can copy recorded video images from the SD Memory Card to the hard disk, or vice versa, with easy operation.

The HS200 features the Full HD 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic based on its proven 3CCD technology. Panasonic’s new 3MOS system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colours, greater detail and richer gradation.

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

The HS200 records on both SD and SDHC Memory Cards. Because SD Memory Cards require no transport mechanism, the HS200 is highly resistant to external impact. This combines with its small size and weight to achieve unmatched mobility.

Image sensor size has been increased from previous 1/6 inch to 1/4.1 inch. 3MOS system with 3 full-HD sensors has total pixel count of 9,150,000 pixels* (3,050,000-pixel x 3). While higher pixel count tends to make noise more noticeable when shooting under dim light conditions, HDC-HS200 solves this problem by using 3 high-sensitivity MOS sensors. It records beautiful images even under dim lighting while maintaining high pixel count, thus making it possible to shoot under minimum luminance of 1.6 lx. * Effective motion image pixels: 6,210,000

product specification
Resolution quality 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
Type of memory card SD 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 80GB 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 45 Millimetres
Highest focal length 540 Millimetres
Type of chip CMOS chip
Release date 10 Feb 2009