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.
Tons of functionality
Overall, the XF105 is a solid contender for a miniature professional camera. It's jam packed with professional features and is capable of producing footage that rivals other cameras well above this price point. If you plan to do a lot of indoor shooting, make sure you have an adequate amount of light available so the picture quality will not suffer. Besides that caveat, we find the XF105 well suited for anyone who needs a camera that is small in size, but big in features.
Great image quality
This versatile camcorder is a great option for all kinds of professionals and amateurs alike. Its range of customization features and great image quality make the Canon XF105 an ideal camcorder for HD recording in all kinds of settings and for all kinds of purposes. It is definitely worth a look if you are looking to buy a new camcorder. It gets an excellent rating.
Range of powerful features
The Canon XF100 presents a compact and easy to handle design with a range of powerful features. This combination of benefits makes you believe that you will have an excellent time using this camcorder, and you will. However, in terms of actual results, your satisfaction may vary. If you want to see only the benefits, make sure to always shoot in good lighting conditions. It gets an overall rating of four over five which is a good score.
First-rate video quality and performance
Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy camcorder options. Both are overpriced, but since 14 hours of recording time is plenty--especially if supplemented with flash media--the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two.
Full-sized accessory shoe, lens ring and greater manual control
The top models from Canon, Panasonic and Sony are all masterful products. Canon's LEGRIA HF S10 is currently too expensive, but the Panasonic HDC-HS300 and Sony HDR-X520 are similarly priced and much harder to distinguish. The Panasonic's full-sized accessory shoe, lens ring and greater manual control give it the edge for features, but the Sony just shades image quality in low light and includes masses more storage.
The XR520 combines serious performance with smart features to deliver exceptional picture quality. Its pairing of the advanced Sony G Lens and sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor brings a new level of creative possibility to your filming. A massive built–in 240GB hard disk drive sets you free to record up to 101 hours of full HD1080 footage, while auto functions like Optical SteadyShot Active Mode and Face Detection help make sure the results look great every time. The same goes for stills.
nicest looking picture
At the end of our journey with the Sony HDR-XR520V, we were conflicted, as if we had just watched Terms of Endearment and couldn't discern between joy and sorrow anymore. The HDR-XR520V is one of those camcorders that nails a few key features home and then phones in the rest from a booth down the street. No other HD camcorder could match its low light performance, and that's a huge part of the HDR-XR520V's success.
Great camcorder for electronic news gathering and independent filmmaking alike
The lofty price of the HVR-Z7E will put it out of the reach of all but the most serious videomakers. Corporate and events cameramen will long for it, but may struggle to justify the expense. Nevertheless, it points the way forward for professional camcorders, particularly now Panasonic has announced that more models using AVCHD and SD will be arriving later in 2008.
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