Incredibly sharp video using 1080/60p mode and 3D recording with optional conversion lens.
Panasonic sure knows how to make a solid flagship camcorder with appeal to consumers and semi-pros alike, and, by all means, the new HC-X900M is exactly that-an excellent high-end camcorder. Unfortunately, the product still left us dissatisfied thanks to Panasonic's lack of updates and improvements over last year's HDC-TM900.
Thrilled so far
This camera is a member of the 1080p/60fps club. I expect that in a few years, that spec will be pretty standard as the high end moves to 4K video. Until then, the X900M provides the most detailed and smooth recording available in amateur camcorders. If you plan to shoot it in a lesser video mode, it's advantages over other models diminishes. I plan to do all of my shooting at 60p. It has 32GB on board memory plus a 64GB SD card I have installed. It is sized nicely for my large hands.
Excellent image quality with lens focus ring and comprehensive manual controls.
The last few generations of high-end camcorder from Panasonic have been hard to beat. The HDC-TM900 and HDC-TM700 offered powerful combinations of great image quality and comprehensive features. The HC-X900 continues that tradition, and just about edges our recommendation over Canon's excellent LEGRIA HF G10. The X900 is around £100 cheaper and offers a standard accessory shoe without the need for third-party adapters, plus a marginally easier control system.
Simple interface and menus
The Panasonic HC-X900M is a good example of how camera models today are being released far too quickly to make an impact. Looking at the other Panasonic models that are slightly older or lower down the chain, one might wonder why you would pay for the expensive top-of-the-range model, when there are high-quality, high-performing camcorders for a much cheaper price.
Effective image stabilization
Our conclusion for the HC-X900M is - you guess it - the same as what we said for the HDC-TM900: If you're an advanced user who crave for tons of controls at your fingertips, and the best 1080p video quality possible, the HC-X900M is hard to beat. The launch price of S$2,199 is also slightly cheaper than the launch price of its predecessor a year ago. If you already have a stash of high-capacity, high-speed SDXC cards, you may want to consider the HC-X900 instead.
Great camera, not for everyone
I love how Panasonic make a great camera. You can't go wrong purchasing with Panasonic. Unfortunately the camera is already showing its age. Other cameras shoot in higher resolutions, more frames per second, or cost less. Currently this camera cost below $3,000 dollars. This camera doesn't get the same adoration as other video cameras. When you first turn the camera on with a normal lens the image is too close. Be aware of that.
Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward.
Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.
Excellent color and noise results with great motion and sharpness in 60p.
The HDC-TM900 (MSRP $1099) is a great camcorder, that much is clear. It captured excellent video in a variety of record modes, and its performance recording 1080/60p HD video was as good as it gets. It has a ton of controls, a solid body design, and its 3D recording option (with the purchase of an optional conversion lens) makes it a cutting-edge product.
Despite all this, we are still disappointed with the TM900.
Great image quality in most conditions.
Panasonic's HDC-TM900 offers no revolutionary new features, now that 3D shooting has already started its journey to ubiquity. But like its predecessors it blends excellent enthusiast features, headlined by the lens ring, with supreme image quality. There's also no significant premium being charged for this new model compared to the outgoing TM700, if you can still find it. So the TM900 takes over from its predecessor as our videomaking enthusiast camcorder of choice.
Excellent video quality
As usual, unless you have to record really long segments or a lot of video that won't fit on a decent-sized SD card, I recommend you opt for the flash-based model instead of the hard-disk-based version; not only is a hard disk more prone to failure, you shouldn't be leaving all your video on the camcorder, so the extra storage isn't necessary. Plus there's a significant price difference between the two models (unless you can find a really cheap version of the HS900).
3D ready - capable of recording 3D video in HD
The Panasonic HDC-HS900 is a high-end camcorder. This camcorder is equipped with an Eco Mode, which automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes. The manual ring of the HDC-HS900 offers accurate video expression, reflecting a delicate response to the motions of your fingertips.
Solid asking price
The HS900 is a top-notch camcorder at a solid asking price. We weren't as thrilled by the inclusion of 3D as we might otherwise have been, but then, as we've noted, it's awfully easy to do 3D filming badly in any case, and the added cost of the 3D conversion lens isn't too much of a burden to bear.
Decent image quality
With a gigantic hard drive, full manual controls and the ability to shoot in 3D (should you ever need it) the HS900 isn't a bad purchase, but the similar, flash-sporting TM900 is probably the better investment at a few hundred pounds less. Both are virtually identical, with reduced storage the only penance.
Stellar 1080 60p video quality
The Panasonic HDC-HS700 decimated most of the encroaching camcorder market with its stellar 1080 60p video quality and power-packed arsenal of manual controls. The HDC-HS700 was not the prettiest girl in the pageant, and exhibited a few pesky design quirks, but it still managed to edge out the Canon Vixia HF S21 and earn our Editor's Choice HD award, thanks to its fantastic video quality and robust controls
Great value for money
Overall, the HDC-SD900 is great value for money. I would rate its 2D picture quality as outstanding for the price and the feature spread ticks all the right boxes. As a hobbyist shooter it's well above average, and for prosumers (needing 1080/50p) it could be a handy acquisition tool. The ability to upgrade to 3D is a novel final incentive, should you need one ' although you may well be disappointed at some of the creative limitations that will accompany any journeys into the third dimension.
Excellent set of features
In our time with the HDC-Z10000, we were impressed by the camcorder's plethora of manual controls, excellent set of features, and very good performance in 3D record mode. We have not tested the camcorder at this point, but we were able to shoot some video with the Z10000 and watch it on a 3D TV during our hands-on with the product.
Shoots two whole Full HD frames in 3D mode
The HDC-Z10000 has a couple of notable niggles - the touch-operated shutter speed control and laggy zoom ring being at the forefront. It will also seem massively expensive when JVC's Everio GS-TD1 costs half as much and Panasonic's more consumer-focused devices even less. But it should be seen in the light of full professional 3D models costing £7-8,000.
Stunning 2D and 3D image quality
The Panasonic HDC-Z10000's £3,000 asking price may seem steep, but it's actually pretty cheap when you consider that the company's professional 3D line starts at around £15,000. And, when it comes to image quality and functionality, the HDC-Z10000 is in a league of its own -- at least until Sony's similarly priced but less consumer-friendly PMW-TD300 makes an appearance.
Solid camera for pro work
Very happy with this camera. My only gripe is it eats batteries. I have 2 and it destroys them on longer shoots, so be sure to stock up on some spares. Beyond that I've put about 100 hours on this camera so far and it's been rock solid. New firmware upgrade also adds a lot of nice features.
One of the cheaper interchangeable lens camcorders for professionals
The AG-AF100 does offer some impressive specs for a camcorder that lists for less than $5000 dollars. It has a light and portable frame that is conducive for handheld videography, it has an HD-SDI port for uncompressed video output, and it has all the controls and settings you need to make a professional-grade video.
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