Image quality is consistently high, everything clear and detailed
The Panasonic HDC-HS700 is one of two high-definition digital camcorders (HS700, TM700) announced in February 2010 as successors to Panasonic's HS300/TM300 series. Both camcorders feature a 35mm wide-angle Leica lens, a 12x optical zoom, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card expansion.
Huge 240GB hard disk
Panasonic has clearly come up with a winning formula for its latest generation camcorders. Not only does it deliver technology and features that few (if any) rivals can match, it also produces top sound and picture quality. The HDC-HS700 offers 1080/50p HD with a 240GB hard disk drive, 5.1-channel surround recording, a 12x optical zoom lens and power Optical Image Stabiliser technology to rival Canonâ??s.
Standard accessory shoe
We're still only in March and 2009 is already turning out to be a bumper year for camcorders - credit crunch be damned. Canon knew it had to pull out all the stops with the successor to last year's HF10 and HF11, and in terms of features and quality it has. We still prefer Panasonic's lens ring to Canon's wheel when focusing, and the HDC-HS300's use of a standard accessory shoe leaves your peripheral options open.
The Holy Grail for camcorder owners is one device that takes great high-def video and outstanding stills, all in a compact package. Like Indiana Jones, the Knights Templar and Don Quixote, we've been on this seemingly fruitless quest for years. A few come close, but none ever took the ultimate prize.
Most of the frenzied camcorder hype seemed to be centered around the Canon Vixia HF S10 this year at CES. Could the HF S10 leap from building to building while solving world peace? We're here to tell you that Canon has made one prodigious stride with the introduction of this AVCHD monster, but we feel that the company sacrificed a lot of prosumer potential for the sake of the consumer crowd. That's not to say the HF S10 is destined for rich dads and soccer moms.
incredible image quality
Prepare to be amazed. Sonys DCR-IP55 MICROMV Handycam Camcorder delivers incredible image quality, a host of advanced features to help you shoot and edit like a pro, and it still manages to literally fit in the palm of your hand. The ultra-compact design of the DCR-IP55 includes a new swing-down handgrip that makes it even easier and more comfortable to take video and high quality 1.0 megapixel still images. With a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens, a 2-1/2?
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