Released April, 2009
The Pros:Controls have a good feel, easy to work with. Touch screen interface is responsive and easy to work with. Intelligent Auto generally picks the right setting every time.
The Cons:LCD is hard to see in the sunlight. Watching the video on an HDTV shows a fair bit of noise in most shots. Low light color mode is poor, can barely see anything.
The Panasonic HDC-HS20 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users who desire an easy-to-use camcorder that can still produce top-notch, vivid video worthy of sharing with friends and family.
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The first of six Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-HS20 is a drastic upgrade from its competitors in the Panasonic SDR-H series in that it is equipped with a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a 5 microphones and a zoom microphone feature, not to mention an 80GB HDD and an SDHC/SD memory card so that users can record and store 1920 x 1080 HD video content. In addition, the HDC-HS20 offers full support for Apple Macintosh computers, and in fact allows easy file transferring so that files may be edited in iMovie. Furthermore, the HDC-HS20 features touch-screen controls with icon-based menus, an auto power LCD, and a quick 1.9 second power-up so that users can more easily catch spontaneous moments on video. The HDC-HS20 also boasts a Leica Dicomar lens with a 16x optical zoom, a 40x digital zoom, auto focus tracking, a 2.7” wide LCD, and automatic LCD brightness adjustments. The HDC-HS20 retails for $799.95 and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
- 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
- 5 Microphones
- Zoom Microphone Feature
- 80GB HDD
- SDHC/SD Memory Card
- 1920 x 1080 HD Video Recording
- Macintosh Support
- Touch-Screen Controls
- Icon-Based Menus
- Auto Power LCD
- 1.9 Second Power-Up
- Leica Dicomar Lens
- 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
- 16x Optical Zoom
- 40x Digital Zoom
- Auto Focus Tracking
- Automatic LCD Brightness Adjustments
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 64 x 69 x 128 mm
- Weight: 360g
- Available in Black
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
User Reviews (1)
controls have a good feel, easy to work with
touch screen interface is responsive and easy to work with
Intelligent Auto generally picks the right setting every time
optical zoom does a great job, doesn't lose any resolution
starts up right away, can catch things on the spur of the moment
LCD is hard to see in the sunlight
watching the video on an HDTV shows a fair bit of noise in most shots
low light color mode is poor, can barely see anything
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