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Panasonic HDC-HS200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS200. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and zoom. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the memory, while many are critical about the battery and reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, size

price, reliability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Gareth Mason (techradar.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200 review

 

Panasonic's HDC-HS200 is a powerful little package

Excellent pictures ; Generous features

Costly ; Could be more intuitive to operate

Despite its foibles, this is a brilliant camcorder that's well worth your money

Jun, 2009

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS200 high definition camcorder can capture great-looking footage, and it's good value too.

So the Panasonic HDC-HS200 is capable of impressive image quality, and if you want the best picture, but probably won't use the manual features of the HDC-HS300 and TM300, it's a great-value compromise. If £700 is still pricey, Panasonic also makes a...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

The Panasonic HDC-HS200 is a Full-HD (1080p) camcorder with 80GB hard drive and SD card storage. Triple 3MP CMOS sensors allow for 10MP (interpolated) still photos, while a 12x zoom Leica lens, 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD with 1.6 lux low light recording...

Do you stroke your goateed chin while watching Austrian documentaries? Do you listen to opera with the lights off? Then this camcorder is for you – it’s all about the better things in life. Even the fact that it’s heavier and more expensive than its...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Panasonic HDC-HS200-K camcorder

 

Full HD Panasonic camcorder with 80GB hard drive and advanced 3MOS sensor

Superb 1080p image quality, 10.6-megapixel stills mode, huge array of modes and features

No external audio, too expensive, manual modes are let down by user interface

When judged on video quality alone, the Panasonic HDC-HS200-K is an excellent camcorder that can match almost anything on the market. Unfortunately, its high price tag coupled with certain hardware omissions has slightly diminished its appeal....

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Pete (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

Excellent product, easy to use. Sound recording is outstanding. Files recorded and dropped on PS3 have given outstanding quality on 40" TV and Sony Surround sound

No bad points found so far

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

Even if you are not the best with technology, you can use this camera straight away

More zoom would be helpful

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Mike (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

An absolutely stunning product, light in weight, easy to use, picture quality is excellent. Cant comment on the battery life as I have not used it for long periods as yet. I am more than really pleased with my purchase

The software that comes with the camera is excellent but runs very slowly on anything but the most powerful of computers. It's also a pity that the package is not supplied with an HDMI lead

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: Nick (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

Good Camera with loads of features tat will keep everyone happy. The 3MOS system is brilliant, the pictures quality you get is unsurpassed

file compression is not as good and you will use up your memory card quickly. I would have liked to have a HDMI cable to plug my Camcorder into my TV but on the whole it's a ggod product and worth the money

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: Richard (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

Image stabiliser, touch-screen menu's, works superbly in low light unlike the JVC model I sent back

Cost, but ey, you get what you pay for and it IS good

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: alan (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HDC-HS200

 

simple and easy to use

poor battery life and very expensive batteries

Aug, 2009
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Product Specifications

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 3MOS system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colors, 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. 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.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:1.6

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black / Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.8cm
Height:7.3cm
Weight:420g
Width:6.9cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-HS200EBK
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:10.6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44.9 - 539
Focal length range (f-f):4 - 48
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.65Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.4
Power requirements:DC7.2V / 9.3V
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HD Writer AE 1.0

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Storage

Internal storage capacity:80

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.8
Height :7.3
Weight:420
Width:6.9

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes