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Panasonic HDC-HS300 Camcorder Review

The Panasonic HDC-HS300 (MSRP 1399.99) is a first-class camcorder.

May 06, 2009
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The Sanyo VPC-HD2000 is much cheaper than the rest of the camcorders in this set. Although not yet available in the US, the VPC-HD2000 is expected to retail for around $600 - $700. The Panasonic HDC-HS300 is the first model we've tested so far this year that was able to match the Sanyo's performance in our low light sensitivity test, which says a lot about the two camcorders' low light capabilities. Both camcorders put up good numbers in all our tests, so as far as video performance goes, the two are very similar.

The Panasonic has a major advantage over the Sanyo in two categories: ease of use and handling. The Sanyo features a strange, upright design that may feel awkward to traditional camcorder users. It also does not feature an electronic viewfinder and its controls and buttons are poorly constructed. While the Sanyo does have many manual control options, implementing and adjusting them is a chore. The HDC-HS300, in comparison, has its well-designed lens ring, and its easy-to-use iA touchscreen features that are a breeze to activate.

The Sanyo VPC-HD2000 is a small product in comparison, but it also doesn't include any internal memory. All video and images must be saved to SD/SDHC memory cards. The camcorder also has an enclosed battery compartment, which means you can't purchase a larger, longer-lasting battery like you can for the Panasonic HDC-HS300 (as well as most other high-end camcorders). Connectivity is also an issue with the VPC-HD2000 as the camcorder doesn't include any video outputs on its body. These ports are all located on a separate docking station (included with the camcorder).

With all the flaws and quirks of the Sanyo VPC-HD2000, it is still an excellent camcorder that captures a superb video image. The Panasonic HDC-HS300 is clearly a better product, but if the strange design and cheap construction of the Sanyo doesn't bother you, it is definitely worthy of consideration—especially since it is roughly half the price of the HDC-HS300.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color Performance
  4. Low Light Performance
  5. Motion Performance
  6. Sharpness Performance
  7. Sample Videos
  8. Ease of Use
  9. Handling
  10. Controls
  11. Recording Options
  12. Hardware
  13. Other Features
  14. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  15. Canon Vixia HF S100 Comparison
  16. Sanyo VPC-HD2000 Comparison
  17. Conclusion
  18. Photo Gallery
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