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Panasonic HDC-HS900 High Definition 3D^ Hard Disk/SDHC/SDXC Digital Video Camera

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The Panasonic HDC-HS900 is a Full HD 1080/50p camcorder that records to a large, built-in 220GB HDD or to SDHC/SDXC* memory cards. It features Panasonic’s advanced 3MOS system comprising a Leica Dicomar 12x optical zoom lens with large f/1.5 aperture and 35mm wide-angle, 3MOS sensor, and Crystal Engine Pro to produce vibrant and sharp HD video, and high-resolution 14.2 megapixel still images. With the addition of the VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens (sold separately) you can capture awesome 3D images that you can playback on a 3DTV.

 * We recommend using Class 6 or higher memory cards for Full HD video recording.
SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats.

^ requires optional VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens

 

 

What are the features and how will they benefit you?

3MOS Sensor - provides a resolution of 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 million x 3). Splits the light information captured by the lens into red, green and blue and processes each colour with its own individual sensor. Reduces light loss and delivers superb colour reproduction.

Leica Dicomar 12x Zoom Lens with 35mm wide-angle - This high-end lens with 12x optical zoom promises crisp, sharp images and features 35mm wide angle so you can capture more in the shot – especially handy for groups, tight interior shots etc. Bright maximum aperture of f/1.5 allows better performance in low-light situations.

3D Image Recording - When the optional VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens (required for 3D shooting, sold separately) is attached, right and left images are recorded using the side-by-side method. To play back 3D videos, simply insert an SD Memory Card in the slot of a Panasonic VIERA 3DTV.** Or you can use an HDMI mini cable (sold separately) to connect the camcorder to a VIERA 3DTV or another 3D TV that is compatible with the side-by-side method.

Digital Cinema Mode - shoots in the progressive 1080/25p format. Progressive scanning captures clear, vibrant images with intricate detail and an appealing film-like quality. Ideally suited to the Digital Cinema Colour of VIERA Plasma TV’s.

Large 220GB Hard Disk Drive or SDHC/SDXC* memory card recording –The internal hard drive lets you record continuously for up to 94 hours (in HE mode)2 without changing a disc, SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card or other recording media. Drop detection automatically moves the head away from the hard drive if camera is dropped, to prevent damage or loss of data. Also record or transfer video or stills to SD/SDHC and now extra capacity SDXC* memory cards for complete flexibility and easy transfer of your video footage.

3.5” 460k Touch Screen LCD – High resolution touch screen with wide 170 degree viewing angle. Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Touch Zoom to zoom in, and Touch Shutter to focus on subject. Easily flip through images in playback as well. Auto power adjusts to night or day conditions.

Crystal Engine Pro – built to handle the huge amount of data processing with HD and 3D images, this image processor’s improved signal-to-noise ratio claims around 45% less noise than previous models.

Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 50p Progressive Recording - conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Smoother images when shooting moving subjects and less-susceptible to moiré when shooting patterned objects.

Hybrid O.I.S. Optical Image Stabiliser – combination of optical and digital shake suppression corrects hand-shake, even when zooming. Effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock. Active mode comes in handy when shooting while walking or playing with your children.

Manual Ring - gives you easy, fingertip control over focus, zoom and exposure settings. You'll find using the ring a much more intuitive, comfortable, user-friendly process than accessing a menu screen.

Intelligent Auto / Scene Detection - shooting conditions are detected, and the optimal scene mode is automatically selected. Even if the subject should change, there's no need to manually redo the settings, so you can concentrate entirely on your shot. Also functions in stills mode selecting between 5 scene modes.

Intelligent Contrast – Intelligent Contrast Control detects the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure accordingly, helping to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows.

Face Recognition – recognizes the faces of registered (up to 6) subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame.

Smile Shot - automatically detects subject smiles, and captures the best possible still image even while you're shooting movies.

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.

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.

Still Picture Recording - lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 14.2 megapixels. You can also simultaneously record still images and video at 13.3 megapixels.

Quick Power On – wakes in standby mode in approx. 1.0 seconds, ready to shoot when you are.

Composition Guide Lines - With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The LCD has horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level.

On-Screen Assist - Ideal for making fine brightness adjustments that are difficult to see in the LCD. Features Zebra Pattern, Brightness Level and Live Histogram

Focus Assist - shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on LCD when manually focusing, to ensure consistently clear, sharp images.

Electronic Viewfinder - easy to use and convenient for focusing and other adjustments.

High Speed Burst (60fps) - take up to 60 consecutive still images in a second, or up to 180 consecutive shots in 3 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.

Time Lapse Recording - uses longer frame intervals than standard shooting. You can use this function to capture shortened or condensed footage of events that actually take place over a much longer time period.

Pre Rec Function - records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. Helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record.

Tele Macro - shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 70cm from your subject.

Color Night Rec/Colour Night View - Leave the light off. Color Night Rec/Colour Night View gives you images with color even in dim lighting (1 lx).

Auto Lens Cover – no worries about losing a lens cap or forgetting to take it off or put it back on.

Highlight Playback - Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, and plays them, with music.

Face Highlight, Highlight and Time Frame Index - The index function has been enhanced with the addition of a feature that divides each recorded scene into a number of smaller scenes, and displays thumbnails for each. This makes it much easier to find a particular part of a scene without having to fast-forward.

Image Effects - Four new image effect modes have been added – natural, pop, dynamic and classical. Change the mood of your movies without a PC.

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.

Wind Noise Canceller - automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, to give you natural sounds with lifelike ambience. Also has bass control.

Microphone and Headphone Jacks – Improve audio capture by using an external microphone. Also incorporates a headphone jack so you can monitor your audio recording levels.

AGS (Anti Ground Shooting) - detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and media storage space.

Accessory Shoe – Allows you to attach accessories such as lights or microphones to the camera.

HDMI Output with Viera Link – connect to a HDTV using mini-HDMI to HDMI cable (sold separately) for easy playback of 3D and HD video and audio. If you have a Viera the TV remote will operate the camcorder.

Editing, Archiving and YouTube™ Uploading - HD Writer AE3.0 software, included with the camcorder, makes it easy to play or edit videos on your PC and have more fun when the shooting’s done. Encoding for upload to YouTube is made easy as well.

Easy Archiving - has a USB Host function that lets you connect directly to a DVD burner (sold separately) via a USB cable. Then just press a button and you can copy the moving images you recorded from the SD card or Hard Drive to a DVD disc.

 

** Some models of VIERA 3DTV may require a firmware update to play 3D images from an SD card. For details, please visit
http://panasonic.net/avc/viera/information_3dviv/

 

 

What's in the box?

Panasonic HDC-HS900 Digital Video Camera + 220GB Internal Hard Drive
AV Multi Cable
USB Cable
AC Adapter
Lens Hood
Stylus
Remote Control
Shoe Adapter
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
CD-ROM Software - HD Writer AE 3.0
Instruction Manual
12 Month Warranty from Panasonic Australia

 


To get started, DCW recommends....

 

uses SDHC and SDXC cards.gif

... extra
memory
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)



... a spare
battery

 
 



... a
cleaning
kit


... a carry
case

 


Take your videos to the next level with these optional accessories

 


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Other
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Storage
Viewfinder & LCD
 

 

 


 

Specifications of the Panasonic HDC-HS900 Digital Video Camera:
 

GENERAL

Power Supply (Battery / AC Adapter)

DC7.2V / 9.3V

Power Consumption

Max. 7.4W (Recording) / Max. 10.9W (Charging)

Weight (w/o Battery)

approx. 455g

Dimension (W x H x D)

67 x 72x 146 [mm]

Media

HDD (220GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

On-Screen Display Language

Please refer to "OSD" sheet

IMAGE SENSOR

Image Sensor

1/4.1-type MOS x 3 (For Europe)
1/4.1" MOS x 3 (For Asia)

Total Pixels

9.15 megapixels (3.05 megapixels x 3)

Effective Pixels - Motion Image

7.59 megapixels (2.53 megapixels x 3)[16:9]

Effective Pixels - Still Image

7.89 megapixels (2.63 megapixels x 3) [3:2]
7.59 megapixels (2.53 megapixels x 3) [16:9]
6.96 megapixels (2.32 megapixels x 3) [4:3]

LENS SECTION

Lens Brand

Leica Dicomar Lens

F Value

F1.5(WIDE) / 2.8(TELE)

Optical Zoom

12x

Focal Length

3.45-41.4mm

35mm Film camera Equivalent

35.0-420mm (16:9) [Motion Image]
35.7-428mm (3:2), 35.0-420mm (16:9), 38.8-466mm (4:3) [Still Image]

Filter Diameter

46mm

CAMERA SECTION

Standard Illumination

1400 lx

Minimum Illumination

1.6 lx (1/30 Low Light scene mode)
1 lx (Color Night View)

Image Stabiliser

HYBRID O.I.S. [Optical Image Stabiliser]

Focus

Auto / Manual

White Balance

Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set

Shutter Speed - Motion Image

[50i / 50p] Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000
OFF : 1/50-1/8000
[25P] Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000
OFF : 1/50-1/8000

Shutter Speed - Still Image

1/2-1/2000, video flash: 1/2-1/500

Iris

Auto / Manual

Zoom - Intelligent Zoom OFF

12x

Zoom - Intelligent Zoom

20x

Zoom - Digital Zoom

30x / 700x (The maximum value of zoom magnification)

Backlight Compensation

Yes

MONITOR

EVF

Yes

Monitor (LCD)

8.8cm (3.5") Wide LCD (460, 800 dots) (For Europe)
" 3.5" Wide LCD (460, 800 dots) (For Asia)

STILL IMAGE SECTION

Recording Format

JPEG

Recording Image Size - Still Picture

14.2 megapixels (4608 x 3072), 8.6 megapixels (3600 x 2400), 5.5 megapixels (2880 x 1920) [3:2]
13.3 megapixels (4864x2736), 8.3 megapixels (3840 x 2160), 5.3 megapixels (3072 x 1728) [16:9]
12.2 megapixels (4032 x 3024), 7.7 megapixels (3200 x 2400), 4.9 megapixels (2560 x 1920), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) [4:3]

Recording Image Size - Simultaneous Recording

13.3 megapixels (4864 x 2736), 8.3 megapixels (3840 x 2160), 2.1 megapixels (1920x1080) [16:9]

Recording Image Size - Creating still picture from motion picture

2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) [16:9]

Flash

Yes

DPOF

Max. 999 images

RECORDING SECTION

Signal System

1080 / 50p, 1080 / 50i

Recording Format

1080 / 50p : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format)
HA / HG / HX / HE : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)

Recording / Playback Mode

1080 / 50p (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HA (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HG (13Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HX (9Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)
HE (5Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)

Audio Recording System

1080 / 60p / HA / HG / HX / HE : Dolby Digital (5.1ch)

Microphone

5.1ch Surround, Zoom and Focus Microphone

Speaker

Dynamic type

Media Remaining Indication

Yes

INTERFACES

AV

-

HDMI

Yes (mini)

Microphones (stereo mini)

Yes

Headphone (stereo mini)

Yes

USB

2.0 Hi-Speed

AV multi

Yes

OTHERS

LED Video Light

-

Accessory Shoe

Yes (Cold)

STANDARD ACCESSORIES

AC Adaptor

Yes

AC Cable

Yes

DC Cable

included AC Adaptor

Rechargeable Battery Pack

min. 1250 mAh / Lithium-Ion

AV multi Cable

Yes

AV Cable

-

IR Remote

Yes

Shoe adaptor

-

USB Cable

Yes

SD Memory Card

-

Included Software

HD Writer AE 3.0

Lens hood

Yes

Stylus Pen

Yes

 

* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice