Released April, 2009
The Pros:Large 120GB of internal storage. 5 microphones for full 5.1 surround sound. Capable of recording to capacious, easy to find and inexpensive SD/SDHC cards.
The Cons:Limited LCD screen resolution (230,400 pixels). HDD storage uses more power and is more prone to damage than a solid state flash drive. Somewhat expensive for the average consumer.
The Panasonic HDC-HS300 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 sixth of five Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-HS300 is a direct upgrade from the HDC-TM300 in that it offers a 120GB HDD versus just flash memory. In all other ways, however, the HDC-HS300 is practically a duplicate of its peer. For instance, the HDC-HS300 also features Optical Image Stabilization and an Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that allows shooters to either select a specific Scene mode or allow the camcorder to automatically choose one. The HDC-HS300 retails for a slightly more expensive $1399.95 (versus $1299.95 for the HDC-TM300) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
In addition to these of features, the HDC-HS300 sports a 43mm Leica Dicomar lens with a 12X optical zoom, 30X digital zoom, and a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a 5 microphones and a zoom microphone feature, and an SDHC/SD memory card so that users can record and store 1920 x 1080 HD video content on either the HDD or an SD card. The HDC-HS300 also 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-TM300 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-TM300 has a 2.7” wide LCD, auto focus tracking, and a manual ring that can control zoom, focus, aperture, shutter speed and white balance.
- 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
- 43m Leica Dicomar Lens
- Manual Ring
- 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
- 12x Optical Zoom
- 30x Digital Zoom
- Auto Focus Tracking
- Optical Image Stabilization
- Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
- Automatic LCD Brightness Adjustments
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 64 x 69 x 128 mm
- Weight: 360g
- Available in Black, Silver, or Red
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
User Reviews (1)
large 120GB of internal storage
5 microphones for full 5.1 surround sound
capable of recording to capacious, easy to find and inexpensive SD/SDHC cards
ready to use in 1.9 seconds
higher quality than the majority of camcorders
limited LCD screen resolution (230,400 pixels)
HDD storage uses more power and is more prone to damage than a solid state flash drive
somewhat expensive for the average consumer
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