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Panasonic HDC-HS9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. The connectivity and battery get critical opinions. The reliability and price get mixed reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the zoom and price are overall positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated.

size, portability, usability, price, zoom

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS9EB-S HD CamcorderPanasonic HDC-HS9EB-S HD Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the zoom and design. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the size. There are some less positive comments about the battery and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, design, zoom

price, reliability, battery

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD 3CCD 60GB Hard Drive High Definition Hybrid Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD 3CCD 60GB Hard Drive High Definition Hybrid Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Good Gear (

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The HDC-HS9 is arguably the best high-definition camcorder in its price range; with the possible exception of its stablemate; the HDC-SD9. For our money, the HDC-HS9 comes out slightly on top due to its 60GB hard drive. Highly recommended.

60GB of inbuilt memory, lightweight design, stunning 'full HD' video resolution, solid still images mode

No 3.5mm microphone or headphone jacks, directional stick requires two-handed operation, occasional noise issues

May, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS9


It may not be a looker, but in all other respects this Panasonic is a stunning camera

Oct, 2008

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Great Camera


I have always owned video cameras starting from the large VHS video camera to small digital tape cameras and I buy one when the technology has grown in leaps and bounds. This camera has come a long way. It is very versatile. It switches off when you...

It is very versatile and easy to use and plenty of harddisk space and quality of picture in HD

Could not fault it other than need to purchase seperate charger if you want a second battery to charge up while using the machine

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.2

Camcorder Features

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


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
LED indicators: Yes

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86 / 7.62 / 8.89
Display resolution (numeric):230400 / 460800
Touchscreen: No

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:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):7.89
Effective megapixels (movie):7.59
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1 / 25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CMOS / MOS
Total MegaPixels:14.2 / 2.1 / 9.15

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20 / 700
Filter Size:3.7 / 4.6
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):35 - 420 / 35 - 466 / 42.9 - 429
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 30 / 3.45 - 41.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital / Optical
Interchangeable lens:No / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Maximum aperture number:2.8
Min Focal Length:3mm
Minimum aperture number:1.5
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Other features

Additional accessories:AC Adaptor, AC Cable, DC Cable, Video Component Cable, AV Cable, IR Remote, USB Cable
Aperture range (F-F):1.5 - 2.8
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:Video Component, AV, USB, AC/DC
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):10.9 / 6.8
Power requirements:DC 7.2/9.3 V / DC 7.2V / 9.3V / DC7.2 V/9.3 V
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer 2.5E / HD Writer AE 3.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2-1/2000 / 1/25
Shutter speed (video):1/2-1/500 / 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1024 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 4608 x 3072
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,2560 x 1920,2880 x 1920,3072 x 1728,3200 x 2400,3600 x 2400,3840 x 2160,4032 x 3024,4864 x 2736 / Microsoft Office 2013, Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup


Camcorder media type:HDD / HDD, Memory card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:220 / 60
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory slots:1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:50
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Video Input

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


Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type:Electrical / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.6 / 14.6
Height :7.2 / 7.4
Weight:390 / 455
Width:6.7 / 7.5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Manual