Panasonic HX-DC1 HD Camcorder - Black (14MP Stills, 1920x1080, 5x Optical Zoom, iFrame) 3-inch LCD
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- Full-HD Recording in MP4 Format
- 14-megapixel Still Picture Recording
- 285° rotating 3.0-inch Wide-screen LCD
- 12x Double Range Zoom
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
- Stylish, easy-to-hold vertical design
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Still photographs are passable to good but I don't think they compare favourably with those taken with a 6-8 megapixel camera equipped with a decent lens and image sensor. That being said, don't be put off. If you are out and about and want a pocket-able device to record your day, this camera will fill the bill very well.
One slightly misleading point in advertising is that you can take stills while shooting video. You can, but only at 0.3, 0.9 or 2.0 megapixels according to how you have the camera set up for video. To get good quality photos you must shoot in photo mode.
I am pleased to say the camera comes with a decent handbook of around A6 size. It covers everything, and would be easy to carry around with you should you need it. As regards importing pictures and video into your computer, it's a doddle. I take out the SD card and download the files via a card reader. From there they import easily into my video editor, Corel Video Studio.Read more ›
Great Quality film , 1080p HD
5 x Zoom
Great focus - picks up on detail !
Audio is good
Screen rotates so you can make sure you are in the shot if filming yourself
For images it takes really good quality 10mp stills
The only thing is , is that unless you assure the camera is focused, which can take a few seconds, the pictures will come out poorly
It is compatible with WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER, just make sure to save for a high definition display
Hope this review helps any other youtubers as I know how hard it was to find a decent camera!
I would shop around though as you can get this for £99
For the price bracket and it can be bought at differing prices upon shopping around, it is quite superior, I have to say.
By the way, having done a photography course and passed the exam just over 10 years ago, I know a bit about what constitutes good quality camcorders/cameras.
This camcorder has Leica lens, Leica being one of the oldest and top lens manufacturers in the world going back over a century. Panasonic formed a partnership with Leica fairly recently as it happens.
The only downsides are the 'Set' button and battery life.
The Set button is tiny and may prove difficult to manipulate for anyone with large hands/fingers. Maybe, a stylus or similar tool might assist. I just use my thumb nail and with practice got used to it in no time at all. It's a small price to pay for what you get for your money though.
The battery life could be better and instead allow for 50 to 60 mins filming perhaps. Nonetheless, carrying a spare charged battery
should help compensate.
I've just purchased a replacement model in black for myself on 8/12/11 from my Kay&Co's catalogue that I've run for decades because they sent me a whopping '£40 off voucher' for use with goods over a specific value. The price was £119 minus the £40. Quite a bargain, you'll agree.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im am very pleased indeed with both the item and the seller. camcorder came with all booklet and leads etc. I have tried it out only to test at the minute. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Vicky
Makes a wonderful present and my husband loves using it. It's easy to use and takes some great footage. I can't recommend it enough.Published on 11 April 2013 by AB
I own a number of Cameras as I enjoy making videos but since I was recommended this from a fellow youtuber I have to say I'm really impressed with it great picture results... Read morePublished on 28 July 2012 by R. Charles
I find the video images to be good but the camera facility while videoing is poor. The picture quality is grainy and I find it difficult to determine if a picture was taken until i... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2012 by Caz
This item was purchased to record my grandaughters first christmas etc etc,, great piece of kit, but i'm glad i bought an extra battery as a back up would highly recommend it for... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2012 by Dexterus