Panasonic brings the benefits of high definition right into the living room, so anyone can enjoy high-quality videos in the comfort of their own home with the Panasonic HDC-HS9 Camcorder. With new features such as Face Detection and Intelligent Shooting Guide, this camcorder really goes out of its way to help consumers easily produce video content in high definition.
The Panasonic HDC-HS9 is the world’s smallest full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) camcorder, and a hybrid camcorder that can record to either SD (Secure Digital), SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) or on its built-in 60GB hard disk.
High Definition Footage for Crystal Clear Shots
The HDC-HS9 is equipped with a 3-CCD (Charge-Coupled Devices) imaging system. 3-CCD is one of the two main types of image sensors used in digital cameras.
When a picture is taken, the CCD is struck by light coming through the camera’s lens. With a 3-CCD imaging system, the light that comes through the lens is split into three primary color components: red, green and blue. Each CCD is then dedicated to process one of the three colors, resulting in images that look lifelike and vibrant.
The coated Leica Dicomar lens highlights the advanced optical technology that is found in the HDC-HS9 camera. With its crisp detail, subtle rendering, and smooth, natural imaging capabilities, this lens can take you to the limits of your visual imagination. Its Mega Optical Image Stabilizer helps minimize the hand movement that causes many photos to look blurry and poorly focused. The new O.I.S corrects at an updated speed of 4000x per second, a marked improvement over previous models. This feature is not new to this generation of Panasonic camcorders, but it still appears to be one of the most advanced stabilization systems in the industry. This camcorder offers 10x optical zoom so that you can get close to the action when you want it. The HDC-HS9 uses the face detection system which is a popular feature on many digital cameras. This technology helps the camera to focus, set auto exposure and detect different human faces, capturing them clearly and brightly.
The Panasonic HDC-HS9 offers a hybrid recording method. It utilizes either SDHC cards or the built-in 60GB HDD that can hold up to 22.5 hours of video capture in the lowest quality setting. This camcorder has the ability to take up to 24 consecutive 2.1 resolution still images in one second or up to 72 consecutive shots in three seconds. It also features the 0.6-sec Quick Start which means that the device starts recording just 0.6 seconds from the time you power it up, making it easier to catch those special moments that come with no warning.
Another unique feature of the HDC-HS9 is the Intelligent Shooting Guide. When activated, this feature prompts an onscreen dialogue box that advises the user when an image is in need of correction during shooting. For example, the camcorder will suggest using a one-touch correction tool such as backlight compensation. The Intelligent Shooting Guide includes six instructional comments: Fast Tilt/Pan, Hand Swing, Back Light needed, Cancel Backlight, Low Light mode needed, and Cancel Low Light mode. The camcorder also offers a complementary guide in playback mode, called Playback Intelligent Shooting. This tool indicates when recorded footage is less than ideal with the following warnings: Dark Scene, Fast Tilt/Pan, Hand Swing, Low Light, Ground Shooting, and Unfocused.
Advanced 5.1 Channel Surround Sound is part of this device. When recordings are played on a 5.1-channel home theater system, viewers will be surrounded by clear, detailed sound. A Zoom Mic feature lets the microphone get as close as the camera’s zoom lens.
The HDC-HS9 camcorder is compatible with Panasonic’s VIERA Link and can connect to a VIERA HDTV via HDMI cable. In addition, this new Panasonic camcorder model measures 2.9 inches high, 3 inches wide and 5 inches deep, and weighs 13.8-ounces, making it easy to take anywhere.
With the Panasonic HDC-HS9 Full High Definition 3CCD 60GB SD/HDD Camcorder, consumers will be amazed by the richness and clarity of the video it takes. If you want to capture memories in full HD glory, then this is the way to go.
Contributed by Joseph Espirida, Product Reviewer