Fantastic optical image stabilization
Last year, in our review of the HDR-CX700V from Sony, we dreamed of a future where Sony would actually improve the low light performance of its high-end Handycams. This year, with the HDR-CX760V, that dream has become a reality. The CX760V is not only the strongest consumer camcorder Sony has released in a few years, but it's also one of the most impressive models we've reviewed all year.
The camcorder did everything well in our performance tests.
Best in Class Optical Image Stabilization
This is one of those cameras that you can simply start using, right out of the box. It is that intuitive. I was blown away by its SteadyShot system - the image stabilization is truly best in class. When you view the clip in the comment below, remember that this was shot by a tired and excited parent, whooping like a kid, in indoor stadium lighting, often at full zoom. The focus is sharp, the images are clean, and the microphone clearly captures the videographer's very vocal enthusiasm.
Connectivity options are plentiful
The Handycam HDR-PJ760V is essentially a combination of two previous Sony camcorders: the HDR-PJ30V and the HDR-CX700V. Sony took the built-in projector from the PJ30V and strapped it onto the body of the CX700V, which had all the controls and features one would expect from a flagship Sony camcorder. The result means the HDR-PJ760V is a top-line camcorder with professional features and plenty of manual controls and a built-in video projector.
Spendy, but worth every cent.
Most casual users can't justify dropping so much dough on Sony's latest top-of-the-line Handycam-the same money can buy two or three camcorders that deliver decent to very good video and still shots in favorable shooting conditions. On the other hand, if you want to shoot some of the best video available on non-professional camcorders, and you want an exceptionally portable unit for its class, the HDR-PJ760V is a top choice, and you get a lot of terrific extras.
Audio and visual quality is astounding.
At the end of the day, the asking price for this camera is a little steep at $1,899AUD, but assuming you want and will use all of the expensive gadgets, features and extras in the PJ760 (such as the projector and GPS), you are getting full value out of the package. This is a camera for the film enthusiast that wants more out of a Camcorder than just a hobby. This is a feature-rich, easy-to-use, brilliant quality camera that is definitely a market leader in consumer electronics.
Good connectivity options
If quality is your main concern, then the Sony HXRNX30U NXCAM Palm Size Camcorder should be an excellent choice for you. It ships with a huge array of settings and excellent specifications allowing you to get the best results irrespective of the conditions you are working in. My only beef with the system would be the rather large price tag, since at around $2,000 the Sony HXRNX30U NXCAM Palm Size Camcorder is not for everyoneâ?? s budget.
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.
The sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video.
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
images produced are crystal clear
The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is a mid-cost camcorder. The 1MOS sensor of this camcorder is capable of capturing clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The HDC-HS80's 42x Intelligent Zoom uses Panasonic's Crystal Engine PRO, a high-resolution processor that helps to record clear videos, even in low-lighting.
Effective image stabilisation
The design of the HDC-HS80 camera is unappealing, as it lacks the modern sleekness of its competitors, and the video quality, while satisfactory, doesn't live up to other cameras within its range. The external LED light and image stabiliser are saving graces for this Panasonic device, although they can't make up for the sheer irritation of the camera's screen and menu features, which make the whole user experience rather unpleasant.
HDC-HS80 is a joy to hold for long periods of time.
If you are looking to upgrade your old camcorder, you won't find much better at this price range. The HDC-HS80 is small and has more features than you can shake a stick at. The lack of advanced manual controls may put some off, but for 90% of home movie recording the HDC-HS80 is fantastic.
Panasonic's quartet of entry-level HD camcorders--the HDC-HS60, TM60, TM55, and SD60--deliver a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for their class. As long as you don't pay list price, the SD60 is a great value, and if possible, avoid paying the unnecessary price premium for the hard drive in the HS60.
Panasonic definitely impressed us with the improvements it made with the HDC-HS60 (MSRP $699.95). The camcorder was a much stronger performer than Panasonic's crop of mid-range models from last year, and it often matched or exceeded the performance of the Canon HF20 and JVC GZ-HD300â??two of our favorite mid-range models from 2009.
Nice manual feature set
The HDC-SD60 has a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for its class. The HDC-SD60 has a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for its class.The HDC-SD60 has a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for its class.
Excellent video quality and lens
Panasonic's HS60 is an all around excellent camcorder. It delivers best where it counts - video quality - while offering a nice selection of features that should keep both novices and more skilled owners busy. The HS60 has some irritants - the 2.7-inch touch-screen is a bit cramped - but for those looking for a high quality HD camcorder, it's a very good choice.
Good hand grip with 78x enhanced optical zoom.
The SDR-H101 is a fair camcorder, but it's not a great one. Our largest gripe with it is really a pricing one. As we tested this concurrently with the SD80, we were able to compare shot quality quite closely. While the SD80 does cost more, the price difference isn't that immense between the two models at RRP, and yet the overall video capture quality is.
Good image quality
The Panasonic SDR-H101 has several good features such as a huge 80 GB hard drive to store up to 74 hours or video recording. With good colour and detail level, the image quality is on par with recent SD camcorders. If that is not enough, you can also use the SD HC slot to add storage. Thanks to the really functional image stabilisation, you can actually shoot at the full 70x optical zoom without a tripod, provided that you have a steady hand.
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