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Panasonic HDC-HS60 review

Compact Full HD camcorder offering over 50 hours of movie storage

Panasonic hdc hs60

If we return to our original conundrum, we can now add a few answers.

Yes, it is possible to envisage spending this much on a camcorder, as the HS60 admirably demonstrates what the extra outlay delivers.

A zoom as smooth and extended as the HS60's 25x isn't available on pocket-shooters, nor is the flexibility of its manual modes.

And, the quality and capacity of the wide-angle lens not only allows you to cram more in the frame from shorter distances but also helps produce high-definition images worthy of the name.

We liked:

The wide-angle lens, 25x optical zoom and Power optical image stabiliser deliver the platform for the HS60's superb imaging but the real wow factor comes from the images – and that's as it should be.

The 120GB HDD is a fantastic storage solution with the SD-card option providing the backup to ensure you won't be left looking to record but unable to.

Easy to use and comfortable to shoot with, the HS60 never makes you feel like you're struggling to know how best to utilise it. There's even an alternative record button on the frame of the LCD, which is often easier and quicker to access than the main button.

We disliked:

Aside from the weedy video light and the odd extra-press needed on the touchscreen LCD, grumbles are kept to a minimum.

A boost in still image resolution would, perhaps, add a touch of pizzazz to the spec shoot but it's debatable.

Final verdict:

An enjoyable, practical and creative camcorder, and one that proves it is possible to make a mid-range product with wide-ranging appeal and sparkle.

Yes, it is expensive compared to YouTube-style cams but the reality is that it's so much more powerful and versatile than those models that it merits the extra investment – if high-quality images lie at the heart of your movie ambitions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Hard Drive Capacity120 GB
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Number of Image Sensors1
Effective Image Resolution2.3 Megapixel
Effective Video Resolution2.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Product FamilyHDC
Recording MediaHard Drive, Memory Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom25x
Digital Zoom1500x
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone, Video Light, Flashlight
Image Sensor Size1/4.1"
Maximum Image Resolution2592 x 1944
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Audio ChannelsStereo
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camcorder Resolution3.3 Megapixel
Maximum Video Lines1080
Interlaced ScanYes
USBYes
Longest Shutter Speed1/2 Second
Shortest Shutter Speed1/8000 Second
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)35.60 mm to 891 mm
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height65.5 mm
Width54.5 mm
Depth112 mm
ColourBlack
Video SystemPAL
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesHDC
Minimum Illumination1 lux
Focal Length3.02 mm to 75.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelHDC-HS60
Product NameHDC-HS60 High Definition Digital Camcorder
Aperture Rangef/1.8 to 3.3
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberHDCHS60EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Microphone TechnologyElectret Condenser
Package Contents
  • HDC-HS60 High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • AV multi Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD (HD Writer AE 2.0)
  • Stylus Pen
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)327 g
White Balance Modes
  • Auto
  • Indoor1
  • Indoor2
  • Sunny
  • Cloudy
  • White Set