Panasonic HS60 Full HD Camcorder With 120GB HDD, X35 Intelligent Zoom, X25 Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Face Recognition - Black
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- Full-HD 1920 x 1080 Recording
- 120-GB HDD and SD Card Slot, POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
- 35.7mm Wide-angle Lens with Intelligent 35x Zoom
- iA (Intelligent Auto) with Face Recognition
- Intuitive Operation with Touch-screen Interface
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The hybrid-type HS60 records onto its 120-GB HDD and an SDXC, SDHC, or SD Memory Card. The HS60 employs Intelligent Resolution Technology and is equipped with Crystal Engine Pro, which helps to record extremely clear, crisp motion images that exceed even Full-HD 1920 x 1080-pixel images in quality. It eliminates the colour smear that tends to occur at subject edges and renders sharp, beautiful images. Advances in the new imaging engine also provide Full-HD 1920 x 1080-pixel recording in all recording modes, including HE mode.
The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate low-frequency hand-shake, the new POWER O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively. The new O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide angle to telephoto.The 35.7mm* wide-angle lens is especially convenient for recording indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. This has the added benefit of allowing the voice of the subject to be clearly recorded, which is an important element in video recordings. The new lens captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame. * 35mm-lens equivalent.In spite of the compactness of the HS60, the lens covers a wide shooting range from 35.7mm* wide angle to 25x optical zoom. The optical zoom ensures beautiful images because it causes no degradation in image quality. In addition, the Intelligent Zoom, which was made possible by Intelligent Resolution Technology, provides a super-powerful 35x zooming capability. It achieves stunningly clear Full-HD** images even at high zoom levels. * 35mm-lens equivalent. ** Approximately 810 TV lines. 1920 horizontal pixels x 1080 vertical pixels.
The iA function includes Face Recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.
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Top Customer Reviews
To sum up here are the best features of the camera:
- Compact and light, good for handheld outdoor use.
- 120GB Hard disk memory, no real need for a memory card unless you need one for extra capacity.
- Simple to operate, with a good instruction booklet.
- Incredible picture and sound quality.
Plug into a HD TV and see the difference for yourself! A highly recommended camera.
The HS60 has loads of features and I have to say, all play their part making filming easier under various shooting conditions. I am not a professional at filming, but found this fairly straight forward to use. The still shot quality is very good providing 2+ Megapixels and the 120Gb hard drive is very useful providing ample recording time. The quality of recording is also very good and after working out how to edit the movies I have taken, I have to say I am impressed!
Only consideration for me was the software that is enclosed with the HS60 (AE Writer) is specifically for Windows operating systems (I have a MAC) so you need to ensure you have at least iMovies 8 or 9 for the MAC.
All in all this is very good value for money, feature rich and has already surpassed expectations. I would recommend the HS60.
Overall I would highly recommend this camcorder to anyone who is a beginner/intermediate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
everything ive filmed with it is on [...] panasonic make awesome camcorders i will be buying from them again fantastic quality but image stabilization could be a lot betterPublished on 16 Nov. 2013 by dave s
Can't really complain, works fine but don't use it as much due to having a Pentax K-x digital SLR.
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This camera was an absolutely smashing camera. The image clarity and detail it picks up is great. There are many white balance modes to make the colours vibrant. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2012 by Sean -- PSN: Miles00x
It takes amazing footage that you can play back on the TV, but when it comes to uploading this onto my computer - forget it! Why can't it be like my old video camera? Read morePublished on 24 May 2011 by Keef
Amazing service! Next day delivery,all complete at a price 15%-30% lower than other suppliers.This was a replacement to a water damaged unit and is a very high spec camcorder--if... Read morePublished on 1 April 2011 by Martin R
Record extremely clear, crisp motion pictures with Full HDresolution, thanks to the HDC-HS60... its nicePublished on 17 Oct. 2010 by 0910