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Panasonic HDC-HS200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS200. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the memory and zoom, and many are critical about the reliability and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, size, durability

price, battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Panasonic HDC-HS200-K camcorder


Full HD Panasonic camcorder with 80GB hard drive and advanced 3MOS sensor

Superb 1080p image quality, 10.6-megapixel stills mode, huge array of modes and features

No external audio, too expensive, manual modes are let down by user interface

When judged on video quality alone, the Panasonic HDC-HS200-K is an excellent camcorder that can match almost anything on the market. Unfortunately, its high price tag coupled with certain hardware omissions has slightly diminished its appeal....

May, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS200


Well, I sat and waited to see if Panasonic Australia would realise their mistake and bring out the HS300. Nope! Luckily for me the Panasonic TM300 has now been introduced. Same specs as the HS300, but no hard drive. It uses 32GB onboard memory and...

better than most

not the real deal - should be the HS300

Mar, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS200


The HS200 is a dumbed down version of the HS300, which is sold everywhere except Australia! Why. You can by the HS300 overseas for the same price, but have to risk the overseas warranty issues. Up until March09 Panasonic Australia had the HS300...

better than most

not the real deal - should be the HS300

Mar, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS200


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Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:1.6

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black / Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:10.6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44.9 - 539
Focal length range (f-f):4 - 48
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.65Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.4
Power requirements:DC7.2V / 9.3V
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HD Writer AE 1.0

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000


Internal storage capacity:80

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes