Panasonic Video Camera

The handheld video camera, or camcorder if you prefer, is still a useful gadget to have these days. The quality of mobile phone video is woeful compared to that from a Panasonic video camera, and digital cameras lack many important features. Standard definition and high definition models are both available, and each camera comes packed with advanced features for capturing the best video possible. Depending on the model, video can be stored on a flash memory card, DVD, or hard drive. There are also hybrid models that support more than one type of storage media. Panasonic also make accessories for their cameras, including spare batteries and flash memory cards.

A typical Panasonic video camera has a long barrel shape that is comfortable to hold with one hand. It is lightweight and does not to cause discomfort in the arm or shoulder, even after holding it for some time. The large LCD screen flips out on the left side of the barrel, which means that someone who is right-handed will probably find it easier to use the screen than someone who is left-handed. The screen can also be rotated to the front, allowing anyone in front of the camera to see themselves in it. Most Panasonic models are only available in black or silver but there are a few that have brighter colors.

Video cameras today are either high definition and standard definition. To determine which type a Panasonic video camera is, simply look at its model number. The high definition models start with HDC, while the standard definition models start with SDR. Video cameras can also be grouped according to the type of storage they use. One group uses flash memory cards, another group uses DVDs, and another uses hard drives. Hybrids are a third group that support more than one type of storage, such as a flash memory card and a hard drive. Again, the model number of a Panasonic video camera can be used to determine what type of storage it uses.

Two standard definition Panasonic video camera models are the SDR-S26 and SDR-H80. They both have a 2.7?LCD screen, 70X optical zoom, optical image stabilization, intelligent scene selector, and face detection. They also have an internet upload mode that can automatically limit videos to ten minutes, which is the maximum length allowed on YouTube. The SDR-H80 is a hybrid model, with a 60GB hard drive and a flash memory card slot. The SDR-S26 has a flash memory card slot, and is available in either black, blue, or red. Panasonic cameras can use the new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards that hold much more video on them than the regular Secure Digital cards.

Two of the many high definition Panasonic video camera models available are the HDC-SD20 and HDC-HS20. The HDC-HS20 is a hybrid model, with a 80GB hard drive and a flash memory card slot. Both models record in full high definition, have 16X optical zoom, and have a Lieca Dicomar lens with ten elements. They have AF/AE tracking which automatically focuses on a subject that has been selected in the LCD screen. Five small microphones on the camera create surround sound for the video. These models also have many of the features found on the standard definition models too.

Using genuine accessories is important for getting the most out of a Panasonic video camera. A battery pack holder kit is required when using extended life battery packs with certain models. A power adapter is good for preserving battery power when a wall socket is available. A strong light can be fitted to a camera with the help of a shoe adapter. There are wide conversion lenses, tele-conversion lenses, and filter kits that are used to change the light entering the camera. An external stereo microphone helps improve the sound quality from subjects that are distant from the camera. There are also genuine Panasonic memory cards and spare batteries that come in handy on long trips.

This Panasonic Video Camera Review is Written/Updated on Nov 15th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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