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Panasonic HC-X900

Thursday 03 May 2012

G-Rating

Rating of 2

The basics

The Panasonic HC-X900 is Panasonic’s latest 2D and 3D camcorder. It comes with full high definition (1080p) recording, 3.2-inch LCD screen, a HDMI out port to share video with a nearby HD television, 12x optical zoom and ports for headphones and a microphone.

The good

The size and shape of the Panasonic HC-X900 make it a great camcorder for carrying around and shooting on the fly. It’s easy to hold, which always helps when trying to record. One of the coolest things about the Panasonic HC-X900 is its ability to shoot in 3D, although you will need an attachment to do so. Image stabilisation is very impressive, even when zooming. It means video will stay steady whatever the conditions you’re shooting in. The autofocus and face-tracking skills also work like a charm, able to pinpoint into objects and human subjects. A nice selection of manual controls to adjust focus, shutter speed and white balance make the Panasonic HC-X900 a great camcorder for amateur filmmakers. Mic and headphone sockets and a standard camera shoe come in handy should you wish to add an accessory such as a professional microphone on top, giving it the flexibility needed for wannabe movie-makers.

The bad

Compared to the best camcorders on the market colours appear slightly washed out. Pictures tend to suffer from unwanted noise and lack the depth and definition of pricier counterparts, and subjects can appear overexposed. Performance is still very credible indeed, but not quite the best. As mentioned it is unfortunate that you’ll need to spend extra to shoot in 3D. The same can be said for much of the competition, but it will cost you around £250 for an attachment (the VW-CLT2E lens) to do so.

The bottom line

The Panasonic HC-X900 is a decent camcorder, but it just about fails to live up to the standards set by its more illustrious counterparts. Performance is good, just not amazing in testing.
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User comments (3)

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Anonymous

The ability for 3D seems to have eaten into the capabilities of this device, they should have just concentrated on making a decent priced 2D camcorder, rather than make an average/poor dual capability machine

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phill smith

but they are comparing to a much more expensive camera.

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Tony

Interesting review. This camcorder appears to be a downgrade on many regards? According to this review http://www.slinkystudio.info/reviews/2012/5/16/panasonic-hc-x900-full-hd-camcorder-review.html it works well with Macs but does it work with the MacBook Air ok?

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