Panasonic HDC-HS9 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

32 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 32 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-HS9: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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rachel, st marys island

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
image quality, ease of use, good size, reasonable price compared to market
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2008

paul, warrington

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
light , easy to use
Bad points:
not very good in low light situations
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 3.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Nov 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Compact and capable
Bad points:
Battery not great
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Sep 2008

mike, Bambury

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
poor very good with some computers
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser Retired 67 year old.

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Compact, excellent picture quality.
Bad points:
Instructions complex for the older generation like me.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Oct 2008

Confirmed purchaser retired over 18 yrs.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Best camera I have had in 60years, so simple to use
Bad points:
battery cost for spare,and, the short recording time
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Sep 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This is my first camcorder and I have shown the images to friends who are camcorder users and they are impressed with the picuture quality of the recordings and the size and weight of the camera. It is very basic and you soon pick up the features and how to find them.
Bad points:
The only bad point is the cursor button which is small and fiddly to use, especially if you are right handed. However, the use of the button gets easier with practice, it wouldn't stop me from recomending the camera to others.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Dec 2008

This Panasonic HDC-HS9 is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 275
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2008-02-28

Also known as: Panasonic HDCHS9EB-S, Panasonic Full, PANASONIC HDCHS9, Panasonic HDCHS9EBS

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Manufacturer's Description

60GB HDD holds a full 23h of memories When it comes to beauty, the 3CCD camera system makes a world of difference

Worldwide, there is a strong and growing trend toward large-screen, high-image-quality televisions and high-definition (HD) broadcasting. In line with this, manufacturers are transitioning to HD quality in all other types of video equipment too. Panasonic, consistent with its long-time position as a leader in the video field, is now introducing two advanced full-HD 3CCD camcorders, the HDC-SD9 and HDC-HS9.

The HDC-HS9 offers full-HD 1920 × 1080 progressive recording (25 frames per second) to capture images with a richness and beauty simply not possible with previous consumer camcorders. Users can record motion images with the kind of film-like quality enjoyed in movies at the cinema. The 17-Mbps bit rate of the HDC-HS9 gives superb image quality and motion response, while the high compression ratio enables one full hour of recording onto a 4-GB SD Memory Card (in HX mode) at full-HD resolution

It also has new features such as Face Detection and the Intelligent Shooting Guide, which make it easier to capture mistake-free shots. It also offers Panasonic’s original 3CCD camera system, Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), and a Leica Dicomar lens – three technologies that team up to deliver full-HD images of exquisite beauty. Viewed on today’s high-quality large-screen TVs, video clips shot with the HDC-SD9 are simply breathtaking.

The HS9 is a hybrid model that records full-HD images onto either an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card or the built-in 60GB hard disk. A 16GB SDHC Memory Card can hold around six hours of recorded video clips, and the 60GB hard disk can hold around 23 hours (both in HE mode). This gives the HS9 a total capacity of around 29 hours of full-HD recording. The HS9 can copy recorded video images from the SD Memory Card to the hard disk, or vice versa, with easy operation.

The HS9 also features an outstanding 5.1-channel sound system with five microphones. When you listen to recordings made with the HS9 on a good surround sound audio system, you feel as if you’re right in the scene. This adds to the awesome entertainment that comes with viewing HD images on a large-screen HDTV. Users can enjoy producing and viewing their own videos with a film-like richness and levels of picture and sound quality that have simply never been attainable until now. Full Model number – HDC-HS9EB-S


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