Released April, 2009
The Pros:Simple operation, can just pick it up and start recording without instructions. Image stabilization is excellent, accounts for unsteady hands. Zoom can get very distant subjects in a lot of detail.
The Cons:Battery recharger won't work if you're using the AC adapter to power the camera. Low-light recording is still very grainy and poorly detailed.
The Panasonic HDC-SD250 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 fifth of five Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-HS250 is a direct upgrade from the Panasonic HDC-HS20 in that it features a 120GB (versus 80GB) hard disk drive and Panasonic’s revolutionary 3MOS chip system that utilizes three separate full-HD MOS sensors to provide up to 9,150,000 pixels when capturing video. In all other ways, however, the HDC-SD250 is essentially a duplicate of its peer. For instance, the HDC-SD250 is also equipped with a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a 5 microphones and a zoom microphone feature, not to mention an SDHC/SD memory card so that users can record and store 1920 x 1080 HD video content on either a card or the HDD. In addition, the HDC-HS250 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-HS250 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-HS250 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 $999.95 (versus $799.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
- 3MOS Chip System
- 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
- 5 Microphones
- Zoom Microphone Feature
- 120GB 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
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
User Reviews (1)
simple operation, can just pick it up and start recording without instructions
image stabilization is excellent, accounts for unsteady hands
zoom can get very distant subjects in a lot of detail
microphone is sensitive enough to pick up what everyone says, but can also handle very loud venues
battery recharger won't work if you're using the AC adapter to power the camera
low-light recording is still very grainy and poorly detailed
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