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Panasonic HD Camcorders Feature Comparison Chart

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Key Features

Panasonic HC-V100 Panasonic HC-V100M Panasonic HC-V500 Panasonic HC-V500M Panasonic HC-V700 Panasonic HC-V700M Panasonic HC-X900K Panasonic HC-X900MK
Color Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black
1920 x 1080 Full-HD Recording 1 x x x x x x x x
High-Resolution AVCHD Format 2 x x x x x x x x
Recording Media 3 SD/SDHC/SDXC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card and 16 GB Built-in Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card and 16 GB Built-in Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card and 16 GB Built-in Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card and 32 GB Built-in Memory
Advanced 3MOS Sensor with Pixel Shift Technology 4             x x
Variable Speed Zoom Lens 5 34x optical, 37x enhanced 34x optical, 37x enhanced 38x optical, 42x enhanced 38x optical, 42x enhanced 21x optical, 26x enhanced 21x optical, 26x enhanced 12x Leica 12x Leica
Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) / Power O.I.S. / Hybrid O.I.S. 6 Power Power Hybrid + Hybrid + Hybrid + Hybrid + Hybrid + Hybrid +
Pre-Rec Function 7 x x x x x x x x
Intelligent Contrast Control 8 x x x x x x x x
HD Crystal Engine PRO / HD Crystal Engine PRO II 9     PRO PRO PRO PRO PRO II PRO II
Minimimum Illumination, MagicPix® Images / Color Night Rec 10 1 Lux 1 Lux 1 Lux 1 Lux 1 Lux 1 Lux 1 Lux 1 Lux
Manual Ring 11             x x

Key Features

Panasonic HC-V100 Panasonic HC-V100M Panasonic HC-V500 Panasonic HC-V500M Panasonic HC-V700 Panasonic HC-V700M Panasonic HC-X900K Panasonic HC-X900MK
On-Screen Asist 12             x x
Intelligent Zoom 13 42x 42x 50x 50x 46x 46x 23x 23x
Large Wide-Screen LCD 14 2.7-inch 2.7-inch 3.0-inch 3.0-inch 3.0-inch 3.0-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode 15 x x x x x x x x
60 Frames per Second High-Speed Burst Shooting 16     x x x x x x
0.6-Second Quick Start 17 x x x x x x x x
Accessory Shoe         Cold Cold Cold Cold
Face Detection and Face Recognition Functions 18 Face Detect only Face Detect only x x x x x x
5.1-ch Surround Sound, Zoom Microphone, Focus Microphone 19     2-ch, Zoom Mic 2-ch, Zoom Mic 2-ch, Zoom Mic 2-ch, Zoom Mic x x
Touch Screen Operation 20     x x x x x x
AF / AE Tracking 21     x x x x x x
1080/60p Recording 22     x x x x x x
Shoot True-to-Life 3D Images 23         with optional lens with optional lens with optional lens with optional lens

HD Camcorders Feature Explanations:

1 - 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Recording
Images recorded by conventional HD camcorders have only 1,440 horizontal pixels, while full-HD camcorders have 1,920. In terms of total pixels, conventional HD camcorders record images with 1.55 million pixels, while those from Panasonic full-HD camcorders have around 2.07 million pixels -- about 30 percent more. The result is a level of detail and resolution that goes beyond anything you've experienced before. And because full-HD recordings contain a vast amount of picture information, they look beautiful not only on high-definition TVs, but on conventional (standard-definition) TVs as well.

HD images contain 4 times as much information as conventional standard-definition images. HDTV has 1,080 horizontal scan lines, standard-definition TV has 480. That translates into much higher resolution and much finer detail. Pictures are so clear and sharp, you can see the textures in an image. Also, HD uses a 16:9 aspect ratio, so the pictures you record have proportions that more closely match the human field of vision. This means that viewing is more natural and comfortable.

2 - High-Resolution AVCHD Format
AVCHD is a standard developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic for HD digital camcorders. Using highly efficient codec technologies, it records 1080i highdefinition signals onto media such as 8-cm DVD discs and SD/SDHC Memory Cards. AVCHD allows an HD camcorder to make long-time recordings of high-density video information onto a DVD disc or SD/SDHC Memory Card.
3 - Recording Media
Panasonic's twin memory high definition camcorders can record to their built-in memory or to an optional SDHC/SD Memory Card, and feature a Relay Recording function. The Relay Recording mode automatically switches from the built-in flash memory (once it's full) to the SDHC/SD Memory Card and continues recording*. You don't have to worry about missing an important shot while switching media. Later you can combine motion images that are split onto two types of media as a continuous scene in one of two ways. If the SD card has sufficient capacity, it's possible to arrange all of the split data as a single continuous scene on the SD card. If the SD card is not big enough to hold all of the split data, use a DVD burner to create a disc with all the moving pictures as a single continuous scene.

* The SDHC/SDXC/SD Memory Card must have memory space available that is larger than the data in the built-in memory to be merged.

4 - Advanced 3MOS (3 x 3.05 Megapixels) Sensor with Pixel Shift Technology
The HC-X900M and HC-X900 employ the 3MOS Sensor, with its three-sensor configuration. This provides a resolution of 6.57 million effective motion image pixels (2.19 million x 3). The 3MOS Sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors -- red, green and blue -- and processes each color with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor, and renders colors, details and gradation all with intricate detail and natural beauty. This superb color reproduction maximizes the inherent quality of Full-HD progressive images. Technology to raise light-gathering efficiency has also improved sensor sensitivity and cut noise. This gives you bright images with minimal noise even in low-light situations. Unlike conventional camcorders, where the colors in shadow areas easily fade, even the finest details come through in vivid color, and noise is reduced by half. The expressive power of the advanced 3MOS Sensor renders both bright and dark scenes with the rich, luscious colors that Full-HD offers.

Pixel Shift Technology has been newly added to the same 3MOS sensor that is used for broadcasting. This technology provides a huge number of effective pixels for moving pictures -- equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full-HD. It renders ultrafine images with excellent color reproduction and superb detail.

5 - Variable Speed Optical Zoom Lens
Leica Dicomar Lens: Leica AG of Germany is the manufacturer of fine cameras and lenses favored by photographers everywhere. A bright F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 49mm filter diameter has been created for the X900 Series. Efficient light collection allows the lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of Full-HD images. The use of a highly-refractive lens also made it possible to have both 12x zoom power and a compact body. This 12x zoom can fill the screen with even a distant subject. Because it's optical, there is no quality loss -- you get HD images in all their natural beauty. And focusing is fast even when zooming, so you catch all the best shots. The X900 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 23x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving image sharpness. You get crisp images of highly detailed objects -- without the blurry edges.

The HC-V700M and HC-V700 feature a 21x optical, 26x enhanced optical zoom and an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 46x. The 28mm wide-angle (35mm equivalent) fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close, and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the mic. It also gives you entirely new ways to enjoy your camcorder, like taking self portraits or capturing sweeping landscapes without losing the sense of scale.

6 - Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.)
Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and unsteady hands. Panasonic solves this problem with their O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). O.I.S. is an optical system, so image quality is in no way degraded.

Panasonic's Advanced O.I.S. is an image stabilizing function that achieves around eight times higher precision than their previous system. The system uses gyro-sensors to detect hand-shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts its optical axis to compensate. And while Panasonic's previous system checked and compensated for hand-shake around 480 times per second, the new Advanced O.I.S. works around 4,000 times per second. Advanced O.I.S. enables finer, more effective hand-shake compensation. Also, because the system is optical, no image quality is lost. With Advanced O.I.S., you'll capture images that are clear, sharp and beautiful on a big TV screen

The corrective ability of POWER O.I.S. has been increased by five times compared to previous models, allowing it to correct even slight hand-shake, something that wasn't possible with conventional O.I.S. Even high-power zoom shots, which are highly susceptible to hand-shake, now come out sharp and clear.

The popular O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) function, which detects hand-shake while shooting and corrects the optical axis to minimize blurring, has evolved into the Hybrid O.I.S. It combines the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Hybrid O.I.S. adds to conventional optical compensation with electronic control in the vertical and horizontal directions for zooming, which often suffers from hand-shake. It effectively uses the part of the sensor that is not used in zooming to continuously record the image, enabling powerful handshake compensation without degrading the image quality. You get natural, beautiful images in almost all shooting situations.

Hybrid O.I.S.+ uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves superb effects when shooting while walking. This lets you capture crisp, clear images, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation.

7 - Pre-Rec Function
This clever new function records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. The images are held temporarily in the camcorder's internal memory, before recording onto the SDHC/SD Memory Card begins. This helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record, such as when an event begins all of a sudden. For example, if you're waiting to snap a shot of a jumping dolphin, you can press the REC button after you've made sure that the dolphin has cleared the surface of the water. The camcorder will record the entire scene, from the instant of the dolphin's jump until it disappears again into the sea.
8 - Intelligent Contrast Control
By detecting the intensity of the ambient light and adjusting the exposure accordingly, Intelligent Contrast Control prevents blown highlights and blocked shadows. This helps render natural-looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast. Even when you're shooting directly toward the light source -- a very challenging situation in photography -- Intelligent Contrast Control lets you capture clear images with enhanced depth.
9 - HD Crystal Engine
Panasonic took the advanced imaging circuitry used in their professional equipment and adapted it for home use. The result is the HD Crystal Engine, a high-speed processing unit that handles huge volumes of data and virtually doubles the dynamic range. This advanced imaging engine helps prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows, so the images you capture on video look just the way they do in real life.

The improved Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. Enhanced noise reduction (NR) technology minimizes noise when recording in low lighting conditions, while Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp, bright, beautifully colored motion images. The HD 60 Series also achieves 1.3 times higher resolution than conventional camcorders, with 2.1 million effective motion image pixels and 1,080 TV lines of resolution (ISO 12233 Resolution Chart).

Crystal Engine Pro II performs high-speed processing of the huge number of pixels -- approximately equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full-HD -- that are obtained with Pixel Shift Technology, to achieve superb Full-HD image quality. The improved processing capability also dramatically reduces noise by 40% compared with previous models (HDC-HS900, HC-V700M0, HDC-SD900 and HDC-SD800).

10 - MagicPix® Images / Color Night Rec
MagicPix Images gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places, where it's normally difficult to capture good shots. This feature is a great way to record still images even in low-light settings. Now you can capture still images in full color and save priceless memories like a sleeping baby or a moonlit vacation night.

Color Night Rec gives you images with color even in dim lighting (1 lux).

11 - Manual Ring
The manual ring gives you easy, fingertip control over the focus, zoom and exposure settings. You'll find using the ring a much more intuitive, comfortable, user-friendly process than accessing a menu screen. With the manual ring and manual operation, the SD100 and HS100 are a pleasure to use and give you the freedom to craft unusually expressive images.
12 - On-Screen Asist
Ideal for making fine brightness adjustments that are difficult to see in the LCD. A handy guide for correcting the exposure is shown right in the monitor. A "zebra pattern" is displayed in areas of the frame where the lighting is excessive and the image is over-exposed. The light level is metered at the center of the frame and displayed as a percentage. This serves as a guide when you're shooting a subject that's backlit, or when you want to keep the light level the same even though the lighting conditions change. The Histogram displays in graph form the exposure and contrast conditions over the entire frame. This lets you determine fine gradation details that are difficult to tell by just looking at the screen.
13 - Intelligent Zoom
When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects without the blurry edges. Plus, these camcorders are equipped with an image stabilization system that corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times the hand-shake suppressing effect as previous years' models.
14 - Large Wide-Screen LCD
The Panasonic HC-X900M and HC-X900 High Definition (HD) camcorders feature a 3.5-inch widedcreen LCD with a highly detailed 1,152,000-pixel display and a viewing angle of 170 degrees, both vertically and horizontally. Images are clear and bright even when viewed from an angle, so everyone can gather around the LCD to enjoy on-the-spot recordings. The wide viewing angle is also great for taking high- or low-angle shots. Auto Power LCD automatically adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen according to the shooting environment. In dark places, the screen brightness is reduced to 1/3 the normal level. In bright outdoor places, the screen brightness is double the normal level. The 3D-compatible LCD makes it possible to shoot 3D images while checking 3D effects without having to use any special equipment.

The Panasonic HC-V700M's and HC-V700's 460,800-pixel, 3.0-inch widedcreen LCD has a highly detailed display and a viewing angle of 170 degrees, both vertically and horizontally. Images are clear and bright even when viewed from an angle, so everyone can gather around the LCD to enjoy on-the-spot recordings. The wide viewing angle is also great for taking high- or low-angle shots. Auto Power LCD automatically adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen according to the shooting environment. In dark places, the screen brightness is reduced to 1/3 the normal level. In bright outdoor places, the screen brightness is double the normal level.

15 - iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
In iA mode the Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), contrast correction and face detection functions are automatically activated.
16 - 60 Frames/Second High-Speed Burst Shooting
These HD camcorders feature high-speed burst shooting. High-speed burst shooting is especially useful for shooting fast-moving objects or capturing spontaneous moments, such as in sports events and car races. Or use it to analyze your golf swing or tennis stroke. This function lets the camcorder snap up to 60 consecutive 2.1-megapixel still images per second for a total of 180 continuous images in about 3 seconds.
17 - 0.6-Second Quick Start
In Quick Start mode, which can be selected from the menu, the camcorder begins recording in just 0.6 second from the time the LCD is opened. This lets you shoot those sudden shooting opportunities.
18 - Face Detection and Face Recognition Functions
Panasonic introduced the world's first face detection function for recording moving pictures with a camcorder. It's difficult to shoot scenes with deep shadows or large differences between light and dark areas. The subject often looks too dark, and faces can be hard to see. Panasonic solves this problem with Face Detection, a function that automatically adjusts the exposure according to the ambient brightness, so faces are bright and easy to see. When the camcorder detects a face in the scene, a square frame appears around it in the LCD monitor and the exposure is adjusted to correct the brightness level. The skin tone is also smoothed. Face Detection can detect up to five faces at once. With Face Detection Panasonic makes it easy capture beautiful faces even in dim or backlit scenes.

The Face Recognition function recognizes the faces of registered 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, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and the names of up to three people at a time can be displayed in the shooting frame.

19 - 5.1-ch Surround Sound, Zoom Microphone, Focus Microphone
Select Panasonic HD camcorders are equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center 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. In Zoom mode the microphones are linked to the lens action. When you zoom in on a subject, the microphones focus on the sound in that same direction. In Focus Mode the microphones focus on sounds coming from right in front of you, even when the lens is not zooming
20 - Touch Screen Operation
The Panasonic HC-X900M, HC-X900, HC-V700M and HC-V700 High Definition (HD) camcorders all feature Panasonic's camcorder touch-screen that allows icons displayed on the LCD to be easily operated by touching them with a fingertip. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read. Shooting and viewing are simple and stress-free -- even for beginners. When shooting, you can use Touch Zoom to instantly zoom in and out by simply touching your fingertips, and Touch Shutter to automatically focus when shooting still images by simply touching the subject on the screen. For playback, you can also change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. You get smooth, intuitive operation and don't have to take your eyes off of the LCD screen.
21 - AF / AE Tracking
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.
22 - 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording)
Uses the progressive scanning method to record twice as much image data as the interlace method. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Plus, 60p Progressive Recording produces 60 images per second. This extremely dense image information creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images. The progressive method is most effective when shooting detailed designs where moiré patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images are displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos.
23 - Shoot True-to-Life 3D Images
By simply mounting the optional VW-CLT2 3D Conversion Lens, you can record FULL HD 3D images with the MVC (Multiview Video Coding) recording system of the AVCHD 3D format. Right-eye and left-eye images are both recorded and played in Full-HD quality, using the Frame Sequential Method to produce FULL HD 3D images. The 3D Conversion Lens is smaller than the one for last year's models, and its brightness has also been increased from F3.2 to F2.0*. In addition, 1.5x digital zooming** is now possible, allowing a versatile range of 3D shooting. This brings all the lifelike ambience of the actual scene right into the living room. The X900M is also equipped with a 3.5-inch wide LCD that allows 3D viewing without the need for special eyewear. Images taken in 3D can be checked on the spot.

* For the X900/X900M/X800. F2.4 for the V700/V700M.
** For the X900/X900M/X800.
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