Panasonic HDC-HS200 High Definition Hard Disk/SDHC Digital Video Camera

Panasonic HDC-HS200 High Definition Hard Disk/SDHC Digital Video Camera

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The Panasonic HDC-HS200 is a full HD 1920x1080 Hard Disk camcorder featuring a 3MOS System and high-quality 12x optical zoom Leica Dicomar lens that captures both motion and 10.6-megapixel resolution still images with vivid colour and stunning detail. This system also features high 8.3-megapixel resolution for still images whilst simultaneously shooting video. Hybrid recording allows you to shoot 45 hours and 20 minutes (in HE mode) onto an 80GB HDD and an optional 32GB SDHC Memory Card. RRP $2089. NO LONGER AVAILABLE.


The Intelligent Auto functions make it easy to capture beautiful images in virtually any situation utilising Face Detection, Intelligent Contrast and Advanced Optical Image Stabilisation. Smart AF/AE tracking allows you to track focus and exposure for a moving subject, such as a person or an animal, simply by touching the subject on the 2.7” LCD touch screen!


What are the features and how will they benefit you?

Hard Disk Drive / SDHC memory card recording –Record video or stills to 80gb Hard Disk Drive or SD/SDHC memory cards for complete flexibility and easy transfer of your video footage.

Optical Image StabiliserWhen hand-shake is detected while shooting, the Advanced O.I.S. system is automatically activated to compensate for blurring and produce beautiful recorded images. Because it is optical there is minimal loss of image quality.

3MOS Sensor – utilising the same technology found in professional broadcast cameras the 3 CMOS sensors deliver exceptional performance and low-noise with minimal loss of colour information especially in dimly-lit conditions.

Face Detection – detects human faces (up to 15) and automatically adjusts camera for optimal focus and exposure.

10.6 Megapixel Still Image Capture – Now carry only one camera! Takes hi res 10.6mp still photo images and also allows you to capture images at 8.3 megapixels whilst shooting video.

Touch Screen LCD - Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read.

AF-AE Subject Tracking - Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal, that you want to focus on, and let AF/ AE Tracking do the rest. The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed.

High Speed Burst (50fps) - take up to 50 consecutive still images in a second, or up to 180 consecutive shots in 3.6 seconds. You can use it to analyse a golf swing, tennis stroke or other motion. You also can use it to get good shots of subjects in fast motion.

Soft Skin Mode - When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable.

5.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound – records 5.1 channel surround sound using 5 built-in mics for realistic sounding audio to match your high def images.


What's in the box?

Panasonic HDC-HS200 Digital Video Camera + 80gb Hard Drive
AV Cable
Component Cable
USB Cable
AC Adapter
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery VW-VBG130
Remote Commander
CD-ROM Software
Instruction Manual
12 Month Warranty from Panasonic Australia

To get started, DCW recommends....

The Panasonic VDR-D160 uses Secure Digital (SD) and High Capacity Secure Digital (HCSD) cards

... extra
for video
Secure Digital Cards are available in standard speed, or other options include USB connectivity and high speed cardsHigh Speed cards are required for recording High Definition Video (on compatible camcorders)

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No. of Image Sensors



Image Sensor Size (Inches)



Total Pixel Count (000)



Effective Pixel Count (000)



Optical Zoom (x)



Digital Zoom (x)




F1.8 (Wide)/F2.8 (Tele)


Focal Length

f = 4.0-48mm


Lens Type



Lens Filter Diameter (mm)



Minimum Illumination (lux)



Focus Modes



White Balance Modes

Auto, Indoor, Indoor-2, Sunny, Cloudy, White Set


Shutter Speed Range

50i (motion picture): Auto Slow Shutter ON :1/25-1/8000, OFF : 1/50-1/8000, 25p (motion picture): Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000, OFF : 1/50-1/8000





16:9 Recording



Backlight Compensation



Inbuilt LCD Screen



LCD Monitor Screen Size (Inches)



LCD Monitor pixel count (000)



Stereo Zoom Microphone

Dolby Digital/5.1ch, Zoom Microphone


Wind Noise Reduction



Recording Review



Electronic View Finder (EVF) On Screen Display (OSD)

Yes (English / Chinese (traditional) / Thai / Arabic / Persian / Hindi)


Image Stabiliser Type



LED Video Light



Inbuilt Flash



Quick Start

Yes - 0.6 sec (approx.)


LCD panel Light



USB Webcam Function



Digital Still Function On Solid State Removeable Media



Recording Medium Type

SD Hybrid


Still Picture Storage Format



Still Picture Storage Dimensions



Motion Picture Storage on Card



Picture Bridge Compatible



Recording Mode

HD: HA (17 Mbps / VBR), HG (13 Mbps / VBR), HX (9 Mbps / VBR), HE (6 Mbps / VBR)


Playback Mode

XP, HE (6 Mbps / VBR), HG (13 Mbps / VBR), HD: HA (17 Mbps / VBR), HX (9 Mbps / VBR)


Remote Control



Audio Recording System

5.1ch Surround, Zoom and Focus Microphone


Audio Dubbing




Linear Time Counter


USB Connectivity1



HDMI Input/Output



DV Input/Output (IEEE 1394)



S-Video Input



S-Video Output(s)



A/V Input (mini)



A/V Output (mini)



Microphone Input



Headphones Terminal (M3)



Accessory Shoe



Accessory Shoulder Strap



Accessory A/V Cable (RCA - 4 pin)



Accessory S-Video Cable



Accessory AV/Cable

AV Multi


Accessory Lens Cap

Built in Type


Accessory Cleaning Tape



Accessory Cleaning Cloth



Accessory PC Cable

Supplied (USB)


Power (Mains)

Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input:110-240V AC) (Included)


Input Requirements (DC V)



Power (Battery)

Lithium-ion battery pack (7.2V)


Power Consumption - Normal (Watts)



Weight (g)2



Height (mm)3



Width (mm)4



Depth (mm)5



2.0 Hi-Speed

Weight shown is approximate.

Dimension shown is approximate.

Dimension shown is approximate.

Dimension shown is approximate.


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice


Panasonic says:

3MOS System

3 Full HD Sensors ensures high quality for both motion and still images

For videos of important moments you want to preserve, you want high image quality. That's what Panasonic's 3MOS System delivers, with a combination of optical technologies that further enhance the quality of full-HD images. The 3MOS System produces extremely accurate images with superb rendition of differences in darkness and light, rich colour expression, and a full 1,080 lines of horizontal resolution. This advanced technology helps turn once-in-a-lifetime moments into vivid, beautiful images

Still picture recording at 10.6MP

In still-image mode the HD camcorder can record stills with up to 10.6 megapixels.* When simultaneously shooting a moving picture, it can record still images with up to 8.3 megapixels.** This high pixel count and Advanced O.I.S. means that images look dense and beautiful. Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 2.1MP still images of any scene you want. Panasonic's HD camcorder lets you enjoy high quality in both motion and still images.

Advanced Intelligent Auto

Intelligent Scene Selector

This function analyses the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the Scene mode that will give you optimal results.

Face Detection

Face Detection automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see. The focus also prioritizes the faces, and skin tones are smoothed. Faces in the center of the frame serve as the reference for adjustments, but the function can detect up to 15 faces in all.

Intelligent Contrast Control

Detects the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure accordingly, helping to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. You capture natural-looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast.

Advanced O.I.S.

Panasonic's advanced O.I.S. helps suppress the effects of hand-shake as you shoot. You get all the beauty of the shot, even at high zoom levels.

AF/AE Tracking

Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal, that you want to focus on, and let AF/AE Tracking do the rest. The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. It keeps tracking even if the subject turns to the side. This advanced function makes it easy to get a continually clear, beautiful shot of the subject in the scene you care most about.


Leica Dicomar Lens

Photographers around the world know Leica Camera AG as a maker of superb cameras and lenses. This company's advanced optical technology has been fused with Panasonic's leading-edge digital technology to create the Leica Dicomar lens. The Leica Dicomar lens provided in the HDC-HS200 features 13 lens elements in 10 groups and uses Extra low-dispersion optical glass to reduce colour blurring. A special multi-coating process is applied lens element surfaces to minimise chromatic aberration, so images are crisp, clear, and free of flare and ghosting.

*Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH, and Dicomar is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

Low Light Shooting

With the new 3MOS Sensor, you can shoot in lighting as low as 1.6 lx. With the 3MOS Sensor, there is minimal loss of colour information. This lets you shoot even in fairly dark places. Together with the high-performance HD Crystal Engine, the 3MOS Sensor lets you capture low-noise images even when the lights are low

5 Microphones and 5.1 Channel Surround Sound

The HS200 is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The centre mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more 3-dimensional effect than you get with conventional systems, which capture all sounds from the front. You get a realistic sound space that's a perfect match with the true-to-life HD images.

Highlight Playback

The Highlight Playback function is designed for users who want to view recorded images as quickly as possible. It detects zooming, panning, scene changes, increases and decreases in sound level, faces, etc., in recorded images as "highlights" by using the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System). Then, it automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes according to a set time interval. It even allows the user to select music stored in the camcorder and plays it together with the video as background music. Because this function plays only highlight scenes, it makes not only playback but also recording more fun.